Minot Symphony Orchestra Presents “Gaia” – Mother Earth

Bismarck native Tiffany Peterson, the winner of the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s annual high school soloist competition, will perform with the symphony. Submitted Photo

The Minot Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of entertainment for the whole family at their upcoming concert, “Gaia” – Mother Earth, Saturday at Minot State University’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall starting at 6 p.m. with a pre-concert social, instrument petting zoo and pre-concert lecture. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“The evening will take you back to your childhood as you experience delight through Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite. MSU President, Dr. Steven Shirley will bring to life Poulnec’s Story of Babar, the Little Elephant as he journeys through a life full of adventures. Tiffany Peterson, the winner of our annual high school soloist competition will perform with the symphony and the evening will close with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, ‘Pastoral'” remarked Music Director Efrain Amaya.

Bismarck native Tiffany Peterson, will perform Dmitri Kabalevsky’s Cello Concerto No. 1. She is a junior at Century High School and is a member of the CHS Chamber Orchestra. She plays with the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Youth Orchestra, Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra (BMSO), and was the junior division winner of the 2016-2017 BMSO Young Artist Competition, which featured her concerto performance with the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra.

“Tiffany is a very bright and serious music student, and she already plays the cello with a great deal of polish and maturity. It was a very strong group of musicians that competed for the chance to play with the MSO this season, and Tiffany is a deserving winner. I am excited for her to bring to life this under-performed but brilliant cello concerto, and for our Minot audience to meet this outstanding young musician from Bismarck,” said Erik Anderson, chairman of the Division of Music at MSU.

The MSU Alumni Association will host a pre-concert social starting at 6 p.m. in the lobby with hors d’oeuvres and door prizes. Children (and adults) will also have the chance to get up close and personal with the orchestral instruments they will see be played on stage and an “Instrument Petting Zoo” sponsored by Jacobsen Music from 6 p.m. to 7:20 p.m. and also during intermission. Anderson, principal cellist, will help prepare concertgoers for a more complete listening experience with “Music in 3-D”, a pre-concert lecture beginning at 6:30 p.m.. These pre-concert activities are free with a concert ticket.

Tickets start at $25 for adults with senior and student discounts, and can be purchased online at www.minot sym-phony.com or call 858-4228. Military tickets can be purchased at the MAFB ITT Office.