MSO invites you to ‘The Wild, Wild West’ Pops Concert

The Minot Symphony Orchestra invites you to “saddle up and come on down” to Minot State University’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall on March 10, as they take a ride through the “Wild West” with popular western music.

“What music could describe Minot better than music depicting life in the prairies?” said music director Efrain Amaya. “Aaron Copland captured the American spirit in “Rodeo.” Relive classic cowboy films when we bring you “Dances With Wolves,” by John Barry and “The Wild, Wild West,” by Richard Markowitz, along with the unforgettable theme to “The Magnificent 7,” by Elmer Bernstein.”

The concert will also debut Prologue, written by Minot native Erik Mychal Anderson. Anderson was chosen the winner of the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s first annual Young Composer Competition. The competition was open to aspiring composers age 30 and under who were living or pursuing music studies in North Dakota, Minnesota, Montana, South Dakota or Wyoming. Applicants were judged on their originality, artistic promise, and score presentation by the renown composer John Stevens and MSO Music Director and composer Efrain Amaya.

When asked what it means to him to have his work premiered by the symphony, Anderson said, “Winning this competition is both a capstone to my undergraduate degree and the beginning of a new life chapter. This is an opportunity most composers my age don’t get, and it could open many doors in the future. I’m thrilled! As I was writing “Prologue,” I knew, if I won, that my dad would be performing, so I decided to highlight this father-son moment by writing the first melody for solo cello. I hope this is the first of many times he gets to play something I wrote.”

Join principal cellist Erik Anderson for “Music in 3-D,” a pre-concert lecture to help prepare concertgoers for a more complete listening experience. The journey begins at 6:30 p.m. and is included with your ticket.

The symphony will partner with Arny’s 2.0 for a limited beer and wine beverage service for patrons age 21 and over following the pre-concert lecture as well as during intermission on the 4th floor. Funds raised will be used to support future programming.

“The Wild, Wild West” is part of the 2017-2018 concert series, “The Wheel of Fortune.” Main floor tickets are $25 or $30 for balcony with senior and student discounts available.

Tickets can be purchased online at or call 858-4228. Military tickets can be purchased at the MAFB ITT Office.