Music in the Park Family Concerts begin in March

The Music in the Park Series Family Concerts will open its 28th year Friday, March 16, with a performance by the Minnesota Percussion Trio. Come to the 6 p.m. or 7:15 p.m. show to learn about musical traditions found around the world: a polka on the marimba of Guatemala, sounds from Brazil, Spanish Flamenco, Middle Eastern dance rhythms, Ghana’s

gourd Shakere and Australia’s own Lagerphone. Return to the U.S. for jazz and some early rock and roll.

The Lark Quartet will perform Friday, April 13, at 6 p.m. and at 7:15 p.m. The performance will include current Lark Quartet members, as well as the original members. Laura Sewell, of St. Anthony Park, founded the quartet and was a member for its first five years. The original members will join the current members to perform a movement from the Mendelssohn Octet, written when the composer was 16 years old.

Other work that evening will include music for violins, viola and cello by Dvořak, Gershwin and Puccini and folksong arrangements by Zhou Long.

Copper Street Brass will close the 2018 series on Friday, May 11, with a 6 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. performance of “Tools of the Trade: Building Music With Brass.” The group’s interactive program explores how musicians build songs using melody, harmony and rhythm while inviting children to sing and move their bodies along with favorite songs.

All performances will be held at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 2136 Carter Ave. (entrance on at Chelmsford), St. Paul.

Participants may choose their own price, suggested at $0-$5. Advance reservations are strongly encouraged. Tickets are required for all audience members ages 1 and older. Go to or call 651-292-3268 for tickets.



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