MSO captures the magic of the classics

Concertgoers can anticipate a night of musical bliss, as Maestro Efrain Amaya directs the Minot Symphony Orchestra in their production “The Troublemakers,” Saturday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. inside Anne Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University.

Audience members will experience the magic of Paul Dukas’ “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” along with the spirited ride of Aaron Copland’s “Billy the Kid.”

For Amaya, paying homage to popular trouble makers is the classical thing to do.

“I liked that every piece featured someone who shook things up,” Amaya said. “For good or bad, each of the characters were changing the status quo and creating trouble. Creating trouble doesn’t have to always be a bad thing because sometimes it leads to change.”

Sharing the Maestro’s sentiments is Ellen Fenner, the MSO executive director.

Fenner is thrilled about the MSO’s opportunity to perform familiar classics that can inspire new fans of symphonic music.

“If you have never been to a symphony, this will be a wonderful first experience” Fenner said.

During the dynamic showcase, tempo, keys, melodies and harmonies will fluctuate as each section of the MSO displays their range and artistry.

In addition to receiving an auditory journey, concertgoers can attend an instrument petting zoo sponsored by Jacobsen Music.

Along with bringing joy to the ears of concertgoers, the Maestro strives to break down barriers that prevents potential listeners from exploring the sensational experience provided by the symphony.

Amaya hopes “The Troublemakers” can ignite an imaginative spark which showcases the lighter side of the symphony.

“Over time, classical music has been labeled as overly formal and very serious,” Amaya said. “Back in the day, people used to eat during concerts and talk. Overtures were performed to quiet people down. In a way, we should try to remove some of the seriousness from the concert experience.”

Throughout an MSO concert, audience members can experience the exquisite pairing of diversity and creativity.

From Minot High School sensation Kari Jenks playing the oboe to seasoned professional James Fusik playing the saxophone, Amaya expressed great joy to feature passionate performers in his celebrated orchestra.

“We have musicians from all walks of life,” Amaya said. “Farmers, police officers, students and professional musicians are sitting next to each other. They love to make music together and their passion gives us a unique flavor.”

In addition establishing an exciting blend within the MSO, Amaya hopes to introduce listeners to the classical power and romantic expression performed by the MSO.

“For people who’ve never been to a symphony, I think they should give it a try,” Amaya said.

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