The Minot Symphony Orchestra will open its 97th season on Saturday, September 24 at 7 p.m. at MSU’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.
According to the symphonic association, the opening of the season, “And all that,” will feature familiar jazz tunes that will have the audience dancing in their seats – “Gershwin’s Cuban Overture” and that of Bernstein “West Side Story: Symphonic Dances.”
The program continues with the world premiere of “Concert Nova” an original composition by Erik Mychal Anderson, a native of Minot. This piece was written for electric cello and will be performed by her father, MSU Division of Performing Arts Chair and MSO Principal Cellist J. Erik Anderson. Electric violins, viola and bass are also present in the composition.
MSU woodwind professor and director of jazz studies Charles Young will be featured on alto saxophone for “Autumn in New York” which was recorded by Charlie Parker with strings in 1952. Following Young’s performance, one of his former students, Minot native Jasmine Spitzer, will join the OSM to sing familiar jazz tunes recorded by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Bublé and Aretha Franklin.
Tickets start at $30 for adults with active military, senior, and student discounts available. Season passes, individual tickets and Pick 6 Flex passes are available. The Pick 6 Flex Pass, which includes six concert tickets for the price of five, can be used for multiple tickets to the same show or split between shows. All tickets are available at www.minotsymphony.com or at the box office at 858-4228. Customers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.
Performances will begin at 7 p.m., half an hour earlier than in the past. Programs will include approximately 80 minutes of music and a 20 minute intermission.
Attendees will also notice the addition of two 98-inch high-definition digital monitors in the auditorium, which were funded by a grant from SRT Cares and support funds from Minot State University.
“The addition of the two digital monitors will help us provide education to our customers, bring sponsor messaging to the public, and provide many opportunities for the Symphony Orchestra, MSU and the many other community groups that use the venue,” said the symphony orchestra’s general manager, Ellen Fenner. “The Symphony Concerts will show the live video footage on the monitors during the performance to enhance the guest experience. We are already planning something big in the near future.
The next performance dates for the six-concert series for 2022-23 are October 29, December 10, February 4 (3 p.m.), March 4 and April 29. The season’s programs include works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, L. Mozart, Mendelssohn, Franck, Williams, Holst and many more.
The season will also feature a guest conductor, the winner of the ND High School Soloist Competition, the winner of the MSU Division of Performing Arts Honors Competition and the winning piece of the annual Young Composer competition. More information and program details are available at www.minotsymphony.com.
“I’m so excited about this year and playing music that is dear and familiar to me -“The planets” – music that I love – “West Side Story– and music in many different styles and genres written from the 1700s to today. I think there really is something for everyone this season. said Christine Baumann, president of the board of directors of the Minot Symphony Association and violist.
The pre-concert talks, which provide a captivating overview of the works performed, discuss the story behind the music, the composer and the historical context. They will be presented one hour before the concerts, or 6 p.m. for the concert on September 24.
The Minot Symphony Orchestra is a mix of student, community and professional musicians from the Minot area. The symphony is conducted by Efrain Amaya, associate professor of performing arts at MSU.