Minnesota Sinfonia performing July 11 in Coon Rapids

The Minnesota Sinfonia will present a summer family pops concert at 7 p.m., Thursday, July 11 in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

The Minnesota Sinfonia, conducted by Jay Fishman, will be performing at 7 p.m. July 11 at the Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s Thursday Nites Live at the Dam outdoor summer concert, which will take place in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

The Minnesota Sinfonia, conducted by Jay Fishman, will be performing at 7 p.m. July 11 at the Coon Rapids Arts Commission’s Thursday Nites Live at the Dam outdoor summer concert, which will take place in the performance pavilion at the Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park.

This is the fifth in a series of nine outdoor summer concerts sponsored by the Coon Rapids Arts Commission in its Thursday Nites Live at the Dam series.

According to the Minnesota Sinfonia website, the concert will feature Broadway and movie music, as well as marches, polkas, rags and more.

The Minnesota Sinfonia is a professional, nonprofit chamber orchestra offering free admission concerts and educational programs in and around the Twin Cities.

The orchestra was formed in 1989 by conductor Jay Fishman, who remains the Minnesota Sinfonia’s conductor and music director.

The Sinfonia’s mission is to serve families with young children, inner-city youth, seniors and those with limited financial means, according to the orchestra’s website.

All of its concerts are free and children are encouraged to attend all performances, the website states.

The Minnesota Sinfonia is one of three professional orchestras in the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Orchestra and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra are the other two.

Eight of the nine Thursday Nites Live at the Dam concerts scheduled this year are at the regional park, courtesy of the Anoka County Parks and Recreation Department, with one concert scheduled at the Sand Creek Park, Coon Rapids, Aug. 8.

All the concerts start at 7 p.m. in the series which runs through Aug. 8.

The remaining concerts are:

• Thursday, July 18 – Island Time Band, steel drums.

• Thursday, July 25 – D.L. Cajun, cajun music.

• Thursday, Aug. 1 – Ecuador Manta, Ecuadoran music.

• Thursday, Aug. 8 – Rockie Lynne, country (Sand Creek Park).

The concerts take place rain or shine and people are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket on which to sit.

Food and beverages are available to purchase from the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club.

People attending the concerts don’t have to pay to park at the Coon Rapids Dan Regional Park because Anoka County has waived its normal $5 parking fee for the concerts.

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

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