Minnesota Sinfonia in concert at Coon Rapids Dam

The Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s 2012 Thursday Nites Live free summer series returns to the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park Thursday, July 12 after a week-long break for the Fourth of July holiday.

Jay Fishman, conductor and artistic director of the Minnesota Sinfonia.

Jay Fishman, conductor and artistic director of the Minnesota Sinfonia.

In concert in the performance pavilion at 7 p.m. will be the Minnesota Sinfonia with its family pops program.

Conductor Jay Fishman formed the Minnesota Sinfonia in 1989, a professional chamber orchestra whose mission is to serve families, children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited income, according to its website.

The Minnesota Sinfonia performs summer family pops concerts at outdoor locations throughout the metro area.

The show will feature Broadway and movie music as well as marches, polkas and rags.

All Minnesota Sinfonia concerts are presented free of charge and children are welcome and encouraged to attend the performance, the website states.

The concert is being sponsored by The Pentair Foundation.

Established in 1998, The Pentair Foundation supports communities in which Pentair operates through local employee-managed councils.

The remainder of the 2012 concert schedule is:

• July 19 – Bill Koncar, accordion variety.

• July 26 – Island Time Band, island party/dance.

• Aug. 2 – Betty Rydell and Randi Rae, country/gospel.

• Aug. 9 – The Hillbilly Mafia, top 40 country.

The Shortstop Bar & Grill on Northdale Boulevard is sponsoring eight of the nine concerts this year.

During the concerts, Boy Scout Troop 524, Church of the Epiphany, is selling popcorn, candy, soda and water, while the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club has food items such as hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, walking tacos, nachos and cheese and brats for sale.

The Coon Rapids Arts Commission, which is a volunteer advisory commission to the city council, plans arts events in Coon Rapids throughout the year.

The Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department is co-sponsoring the series. It is not charging admission to the regional park for the concerts.

For more information call 763-767-6432 or 763-757-4700.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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