Enjoy ‘Holiday Magic’ with the Minot Symphony Orchestra

MINOT, N.D. – The Minot Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of familiar Christmas classics with “Holiday Magic” on Saturday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Minot State University’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

The evening includes holiday favorites featuring music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Suite,” to “The Polar Express,” to “Sleigh Ride,” to “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson and “Rudolph, Bells & Holly” by Wendel. “A Merry Christmas Sing Along” encourages participation by all.

Special guests Marla Fogderud, Philip Zawisza, and the Minot High School Choir, directed by Lindsay Kerzmann, will join the symphony for Christmas classics including “Te Deum” by Dvořák and “Christmas Day” by Holst.

Fogderud, soprano, is an associate professor of music at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, where she teaches voice, opera, and music history-related courses. A native of North Dakota, she is a regular performer in the region and will be making her debut with the Minot Symphony Orchestra.

Zawisza returns to the Magic City as he performed music director Efrain Amaya’s operatic excerpts “Lilian and Leo,” "Ghismunda & Guiscardo." and “Carmina Burana” with the Minot Symphony Orchestra and Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” with the Western Plains Opera Theater in 2018. He also played the role of King Melchior in Gian Carlo Menotti’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in 2021. Zawisza is an assistant professor of voice at the University of Minnesota.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra is hosting the Minot Area Community Foundation Donation Station to collect items for the Lord’s Cupboard Food Pantry. Products most requested include canned meats, peanut butter, jelly, macaroni and cheese, canned vegetables, canned fruits in juice (not syrup), and nutritional cereal.

Items can be brought to the symphony concert on Dec. 10th at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall beginning at 6 p.m. or placed in the Donation Station outside of Old Main. Donations may also be dropped off at Lien’s Jewelry, 107 Main St. South, during their regular business hours, Monday-Friday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

If 1,000 lbs. of food are collected, the food pantry will receive $1,000 in addition to the food collected. Everyone is welcome to contribute.

Tickets for “Holiday Magic” start at $30 for adults with active military, senior, and student discounts available. All tickets are available at minotsymphony.com or through the box office at 701-858-4228. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra is a unique blend of student, community, and professional musicians from the Minot area. The symphony is directed by Maestro Efraín Amaya, associate professor of performing arts at Minot State University.

This project is supported in part by a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Minot Area Council of the Arts.

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Published: 11/30/22   

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