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

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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.

Something for everyone…kids, adults and fans of the 70s

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Today’s blog is brought to you from local writer and buisness person, Michaela Schell.

Usually Mondays can be pretty boring and likely the least favorite of the week, but on Monday, October 21, Grand Forks has something to do for everyone.

For the kids…

Disney Junior Live on Tour! Pirate and Princess Adventure. It all starts with Mickey and Minnie Mouse. They will lead your kids on an adventure through their favorite Disney shows with their favorite Disney characters: Doc McStuffins, Jake the Pirate, Princess Sofia and even Peter Pan and Tinkerbell.

When I think about how much kis love these characters on TV, I can only imagine the excitement that will fill the Ralaph when these fun friends come to life. There will probably be more energy in the arena than when it is full of UND Hockey fans!


  • Monday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Ralph Engelstad Arena
  • Ticket prices: $20/$30/$50
  • To order call or log on to Ticketmaseter

For the adults…

MYTHOLOGY, a new show by Celtic Thunder. This world-renowned group performs folk, traditional Irish, adult contemporary, rock and classical crossovers. It’s a modern twist on the old Celtic storytelling tradition. Whether you are Irish or just havea little Irish spirit, you have got to see and hear this show.


  • Monday, October 21 at 7:30 p.m.
  • Chester Fritz Auditorium
  • Ticket prices: $53/$63
  • Tickets are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office or online

For the fans of the 70s…

The ABBA Show. On Tuesday, October 22, internationally acclaimed impersonators ABBAsolutely FABBAulous take you through the musical history of ABBA. You will for sure be singing along, likely be dancing in your seat, and probably have songs in your head for the rest of the week. If you grew up in the 70s or just wish you did, you can’t miss this show.


  • Tuesday, October 22 at 8 p.m.
  • Chester Fritz Auditorium
  • Ticket prices adult: $46/$56; child and student: $32
  • Tickets available at Chester Fritz Box Office or online

No day of the week has to be boring in Grand Forks. There always seems to be something happening. Our calendar of events will keep you up to date.


Trendy, new music venue opens Downtown

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Today’s blog is written by Michaela Schell, a local writer and business professional.

A new music venue has come to Downtown Grand Forks! You probably haven’t seen any big outdoor sign marking its location, actually you can’t even see the venue from the street. That’s because it is tucked away in one of Downtown’s already prominent landmarks… The Empire Arts Center.

What used to be a staging area behind the theater has be recreated into a trendy little social area the Empire is calling “The Backstage Project.”  The Empire’s website describes it as a place “designed to utilize creative, urban spaces for live music performances by local and regional artists.” I call it “pretty cool.”

Grand Forks is lucky to have the large scale concert venues such as the Alerus Center and Ralph Engelstad Arena and mid-size venues like the Empire’s and the Chester Fritz Auditorium’s stages for fairly large performances, but we have always been missing that small, intimate space where local artists can perform to an up-close and personal crowd. Until now.

The Backstage Project kicked off its first show of the series on April 5th with music from local jazz band favorite, Jazz On Tap. Jazz On Tap performed to a group of about 60 people scattered throughout the cozy space on chairs, couches, and standing around the bar.

“I couldn’t be happier with the success of our first Backstage Project concert,” said Emily Burkland, Executive Director of the Empire Arts Center. “The concert-goers loved the relaxed, intimate feel of the space. It felt just like a bar in New York or LA. It’s the perfect place to enjoy music and conversation with friends in a venue unlike any other.”

The Backstage Project has a series of concerts lined up for the coming months featuring

Chase Burkhart on April 27 @ 8pm
Rosie Sauvageau on May 10 @ 8pm
Mike & Hanna Power followed by Black Cat Abraham on May 24 @ 8pm

More concerts are being planned throughout the summer.

The charge for the event is just $5 at the door with a bar provided by Rhombus Guys.

Preview of upcoming artist Chase Burkhart

Fargo-based singer/songwriter Chase Burkhart brings a unique voice to the Grand Forks music scene. Wielding the acoustic guitar to complement a set of tenor pipes, Burkhart draws from a vast array of creative influences to inspire his musical expressions. Tapping into over 2 decades of experience with musical expression in a various genres, his music is best described as an acoustic fusion of folk, indie rock, R&B, and jazz.

Kid friendly

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If you have kids – or you’re just a kid at heart – Greater Grand Forks has tons of awesome activities and events!


For outdoor fun, head to East Grand Forks and the brand new Sherlock Forest Playground.  There are also several other parks, on both sides of the river, with great play equipment, basketball hoops and areas to rollerblade, skateboard, fly a kite or simply just frolic in the sun.


Feel like staying indoors?  The Canad Inns Destination Center features an amazing water park and mega arcade for guests and non-guests alike.  Pay a visit to the Northern Lights Model Railroad Museum or stop by the rock climbing wall located in the Grand Cities Mall.  The First Seasons Community Center, sponsored by the Grand Forks Park District, offers indoor playground equipment and other fun things to occupy the day.  The whole family will want to explore the Cabela’s store in East Grand Forks.  It features a 10,000 gallon aquarium filled with indigenous fish, a trout stream and numerous wild game mounts.


There are also plenty of special events coming up that both children and adults will enjoy:


-Preschool Story Time, every Tuesday, Grand Forks Public Library

-Story Time for Kids, every Tuesday-Thursday, East Grand Forks Public Library

-Toddler Story Time, every Thursday, Grand Forks Public Library

-Kids’ Story Hour, every Saturday, Ferguson Books

-“Charlotte’s Web”, April 15, Chester Fritz Auditorium

-ArtWise Youth Art Show, April 17-19, Alerus Center

-Knight for a Princess Daddy-Daughter Dance, April 20 & 21, Alerus Center

-2012 UNDIA Powwow, April 20-22, Hyslop Sports Center

-Friday Night Races, Fridays, April 20-September 14, River Cities Speedway

-Shrine Circus, April 27-29, Ralph Engelstad Arena


Whether it’s a park down the street or at one of the largest arenas in the region, Grand Forks and East Grand Forks give you plenty of options when trying to keep the little ones busy!  For more information about these and many other activities, log on to our website.

Ho, Ho, Ho…it is a happy holiday season in the Grand Cities!

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While we are all busy shopping, decorating, baking, wrapping, etc. during the holidays it is important to remember all the spectacular offerings of the season, and the Grand Cities have many.  Here is a taste…

November 25-December 31 – Christmas in the Park Holiday Lights at Lincoln Park

December 2-3 – Winter Wonderland Concert & Feast at UND Memorial Union

December 3-4 – 2011 Holiday Home Tour in various Grand Forks homes and Myra Museum

December 4 – Gao Hong & Butterfly Concert at ND Museum of Art

December 8-11 & 15-18 – Santa’s Village at Lincoln Golf Course Clubhouse

December 13 – Tonic Sol-fa Holiday Concert at Empire Arts Center

December 17 – Lorie Line Holiday Extravaganza Concert at Chester Fritz Auditorium

December 18 – Greater Grand Forks Symphony 2011 Holiday Pops! featuring a performance by the ND Ballet Company at the Chester Fritz Auditorium

December 31 – Celebrate the Night New Year’s Celebration at the Alerus Center

For more information about these and other events, you can check the online calendar of events.  Please also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for great giveaways and regular Greater Grand Forks updates.

Worthy of an encore

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With events ranging from Broadway to ballet and kids’ shows to comedy theatre, the Chester Fritz upcoming schedule is sure to please a wide variety of tastes.  You’ll also appreciate their renowned acoustics and auditorium layout, which make you feel at one with the production.  No matter what show (or shows) you choose, it’s guaranteed to be a performance worthy of a standing ovation.

-Mannheim Steamroller on November 13, at 7 p.m.

-UND Band & Wind Ensemble on November 29, at 7:30 p.m.

-Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” on November 30, at 7 p.m.

-Lorie Line & Her Fab 5: “Christmas Bells are Ringing” on December 17, at 3 p.m.

-Monty Python’s “Spamalot” on January 12, at 7:30 p.m.

-UND Band & Wind Ensemble on March 6, at 7:30 p.m.

-“Damn Yankees” on April 1, at 7:30 p.m.

-Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show on on April 13, at 7:30 p.m.

-“Charlotte’s Web” on April 15, at 2 p.m.

-UND Band & Wind Ensemble on April 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for all events are available at the Chester Fritz Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 701.772.5151 and online.  For additional information, including new events that may be added, visit the Fritz website or call 701.777.4090 or 800.375.4068.

What do we do now?

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It has been a busy summer in the Grand Cities; school has started and the UND students have all moved back, and we are on the heels of a fabulous Grand Forks weekend with the first-ever Rollin’ on the River Inline Marathon (the Convention & Visitors Bureau was the presenting sponsor by the way) and a record breaking attendance for the last of the 2011 three-part music series, Blues on the Red.  It may have some asking what do we do now?  The answer is PLENTY!  I am going to just give you a brief taste of some of the great events coming up (details and more events can be found on our Calendar of Events) in September:

-UND Football season opener vs. Drake September 1 at the Alerus Center (don’t miss tailgating, as the presenting sponsor, the Convention & Visitors Bureau is giving away a great prize package)

Friday Night Races at the River Cities Speedway through September 16

-Outdoor Farmer’s Market in Town Square through September 24

-Choice Financial 10K Fun Run/Walk Setember 10

-Tour de Forks Bike Ride & Walk in Lincoln Drive Park on September 11

-AudioBody at the Chester Fritz on September 11

-Art & Wine in Downtown on September 17 (and October 15)

-4th Annual Fall Frolic Run in Riverside Park on September 17

-Potato Bowl Week (there will be a blog later highlighting activities) September 19-24

-UND Women’s Hockey vs. Manitoba September 23 & 24 at Ralph Engelstad Arena

-Grand Forks Women’s Show at the Alerus Center on October 1

This is just a taste of the happenings in September, and we always like to get feedback on what you like to spend your time doing in Greater Grand Forks.

In addition to checking our calendar (there is an RSS feed by the way), don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook and/or follow @visitgrandforks on Twitter.  Not only do we provide the latest updates on things to do, but we have a number of contests with great prizes!

Have a fabulous Labor Day Weekend and a warm welcome to all our Canadian friends that will be visiting for Canadian Labour Day Weekend!