Symphony Orchestra brings the music of our German ancestors to the stage this season

 - by julie

Todays blog is from Michaela Schell, Grand Forks blogger and business woman.

Grand Forks is extremely lucky to have a symphony orchestra in our community. Not many communities our size showcase such amazing musical talent and performances. If you are looking for an evening celebrating the arts, attending a Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra concert is an excellent pick.

GGFSO is a community orchestra that began in 1908. With the mission to improve lives in Grand Forks and its region, it continues to feature local and regional musicians in performances of classical and modern symphonic music.

This year the GGFSO announced a four-year goal to explore the heritage of our region through the music of composers who came from the same areas where our grandparents and great-grand parents came from. During the 2013-14 season, the group is featuring the German heritage we share. Upcoming years will highlight our Russian, Norwegian and American heritage.

This season the Symphony presents popular favorites showcasing UND stars Alexander Platt as Conductor with guest soloists Nariaki Sugiura on Piano and Ronnie Ingle on Trumpet. Their upcoming show on November 2nd features pops selections plus Artunian – Trumpet Concerto and Rachmaninov – Piano Concerto #2.

  • Tickets: $20/$12
  • Time: 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Chester Fritz Auditorium

They Symphony is now also pursuing a goal to reach audiences tha may not normally hear live orchestra music. The Symphony is taking their concert into small venues such as shops, municipal centers and more in this new program they call “Random Acts of Music.” So, if you are unable to catch them at a large concert, you may likely hear them around town at various events.

2013 Symphony Performance Schedule

  • November 2: Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2 at 7:30 p.m.
  • December 15: Best of the Nutcracker with the North Dakota Ballet Company at 3 p.m.
  • March 8: Mozart Sinfonia Concertante at 7:30 p.m.
  • April 12: Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto at 7:30 p.m.

More information about the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra may be found on their website.

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