Minot Symphony Orchestra receives grants and sponsorships for outreach concerts

Submitted Photo Generosity by Signal Realtors present the Minot Symphony Association with a check from their 40 Home Event. Left to Right: Alecia Berg, Morgan Bosch, music director Efrain Amaya, executive director Ellen Fenner, board president Christine Baumann and Andrea Savelkoul.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce it has received grants and sponsorships totaling $3,000 to support their educational outreach concerts for fourth-grade and fifth-grade students.

The Minot Symphony received $500 from the 2nd annual 40th home event by Generosity by Signal CRS. This was awarded based on a video application and popular online voting contest. Realtors Morgan Bosch, Alecia Berg, Kerri Zablotney and Andrea Savelkoul teamed up to give a total of $8,000 to the community when they sold their 40th home in 2018.

Xcel Energy is continuing their tradition of a $1,500 sponsorship of the symphony for their educational outreach concerts.

“We’re committed to the communities we serve, and part of this commitment is being a good neighbor that contributes to organizations that better all our lives,” said Kathy Aas, community relations manager, Xcel Energy. “We’re proud to support the Minot Symphony, an organization that’s dedicated to exposing thousands of students each year to the joy of classical music.”

Operation Round Up by Verendrye Electric awarded the Minot Symphony Orchestra $1,000 to purchase books for area schools that will attend the outreach concerts. The concerts will include a familiar piece by Nathaniel Stookey, “The Composer is Dead,” with text by Lemony Snicket.

Submitted Photo Kathy Aas, community relations manager, Xcel Energy presents music director Efrain Amaya with a sponsorship check for educational outreach concerts.

This popular story highlights the different sections of the orchestra while trying to figure out who, or what instrument, killed the composer. Jay Davis, co-owner of The Hometown Radio Group will be the narrator or the “inspector” for the concerts. By providing the books to the teachers they can help prepare their students for a complete listening experience. The books will be purchased through Main Street Books.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra’s free children outreach concerts will take place on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. RSVP is required for admission and open to fourth-grade and fifth-grade classes. Space is limited and offered on a first come first served basis. To be added to the invite list, please call 858-4228. Registration will open Oct. 15.