Minot Symphony Orchestra presents the 96th season opener, ‘Motley Soiree’

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot Symphony Orchestra will open the 96th season with a live performance on Saturday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at Minot State’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

“Join us in one of the most eclectic concerts we’ve ever done, ranging from the ranting of Baroque composer Biber’s take on the 17th century 30-year war to Berlin’s Golden Twenties with music from the Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill with its well-known ‘Ballad of Mack the Knife,’” said Maestro Efraín Amaya. “The SubZero Winds will join forces with Dr. Dianna Anderson in bringing you one of Poulenc’s favorite pieces with his ‘Sextet for Piano and Winds,’ and we will visit Romantic Russia with Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Strings.’” 

“Motley Soiree” is the first of the symphony’s six concert series for the 2021-2022 season. Other performance dates include Oct. 16, Dec. 11, Feb. 5, March 5, and April 30. Programs for the 2021-22 season include Beethoven Symphony No. 5, “Amahl and the Night Visitor’s,” an evening of movie scores by John Williams, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1. Featured guests include the Western Plains Opera Company, Rinat Mouzafarov dancers, Caitlyn Vogel — Miss North Dakota USA as narrator, Heartland Marimba Quartet, and winners of the high school, MSU, and Young Composer contests.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra will follow current COVID-19 guidelines as mandated by Minot State University. Social distancing and masks are not required at this time. This is subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic changes. For patrons not comfortable attending a live performance, or are not able to travel, performances will also be available via livestream. Advanced tickets are available on the symphony’s website.

Tickets start at $25 for adults with senior and student discounts available. Season tickets, individual tickets and Flex Passes are available. A Flex Pass, which includes six concert tickets for the price of five, can be used for multiple tickets to the same performance or spread out between performances. All tickets are available at www.minotsymphony.com or through the box office at 701-858-4228. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

Pre-concert talks, which provide an engaging overview of the works being performed, talk about the story behind the music, the composer, and historical context will be presented one hour before each concert, excluding the Dec. 11 performance.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra is a unique blend of student, community, and professional musicians from the Minot area. The symphony is directed by Amaya, assistant professor of music at Minot State University.

This project is supported in part by grants from Arts Midwest and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Published: 09/10/21   

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