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Minot Symphony Orchestra presents the 95th season opener

Deanna Carpenter

The Minot Symphony Orchestra will open the 95th season with performances on Thursday, Sept. 24, and Saturday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m. at Minot State University’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall, according to information provided by the Symphony.

“It has been a challenging year for everyone, and we are excited to bring live music to the Magic City. I can’t wait for the season opener. Music makes people happy, and we all need some happy right now,” said executive director Ellen Fenner.

The season opening concerts will feature Minot native, Deanna Carpenter, on Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 4. Carpenter is the high brass instructor at MSU and the current North Dakota representative for the International Horn Society. After being away for many years, she is back to contribute to the musical community in her hometown. Other works on the program include Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Mozart Symphony No. 29.

The symphony has added Thursday evening performances for each concert of the 2020-2021 season due to the limited number of seats available for social distancing. Following the MSU Beavers Restart guidelines, musicians and patrons will be required to wear masks.

“Welcome Back My Friends” is the first of the symphony’s six-concert series for the 2020-2021 season. Other performance dates include Nov. 5 and 7; Dec. 10 and 12; Feb. 4 and 6; March 4 and 6 and April 22 and 24. Programs for the 2020-2021 season will focus on strings with a limited number of woodwinds, brass and percussion throughout the season to adhere to social distancing guidelines.

With social distancing guidelines in place, a limited number of tickets are available for each performance. Advanced ticket purchases are encouraged. Tickets start at $25 for adults with senior and student discounts available. Individual tickets and Flex Passes are available now. A Flex Pass, which includes six concert tickets for the price of five, can be used for multiple tickets to the same performance or spread out among performances. Tickets and Flex Passes are available at www.minotsymphony.com or through the box office at 858-4228.

Pre-concert talks will be uploaded to the symphony’s website for viewing before each concert. The talks provide an engaging overview of the works being performed, talk about the story behind the music, the composer and historical context.

Concert programs will also be available on the symphony website. Printed copies will not be handed out at the performance. Patrons are welcome to print and bring their own programs.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra is a unique blend of student, community, and professional musicians from the Minot area. The symphony is directed by Maestro Efrain Amaya, assistant professor of music at MSU.

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