photo by Ann Marsden
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is giving the Minnesota Orchestra $775,000 to create week-long music festivals that reflect the history and heritage of the cities the orchestra visits.
The project, titled “Common Chords,” is designed to increase the Orchestra’s presence in greater Minnesota, and build ties with communities across the state.
According to a release “the initiative establishes partnerships between the Orchestra and participating cities that will culminate in a celebratory festival week featuring performances and activities that reflect the interests, diversity and heritage of each community.”
First on the list is Grand Rapids, which will play host to a festival in October 2011.
In addition, the orchestra is in talks with the city administrators of Bemidji, Detroit Lakes, Hibbing and Willmar.