‘Home for the Holidays’ concert to feature Minot Symphony Orchestra musicians

Submitted Photo Matthew Jermiason, trombone (shown on the TV streaming from New York) joins his twin brother Alan, trumpet; Lynette Tonneson, keyboard; mother Ann, flute; and sister-in-law Alyssa (oboe) to record “Breath of Heaven” for the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s virtual concert to be presented Dec. 12.

Musicians from the Minot Symphony Orchestra will present a virtual concert “Home for the Holidays” on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 7:30 p.m.

Due to the number of COVID-19 cases in Ward County, and for the safety of the musicians and patrons, the Minot Symphony Association board of directors voted to move to a virtual concert platform for the December performances.

“The holiday concert has become not only our largest in attendance, but a favorite for the musicians and patrons. Everyone loves Christmas music and I just can’t image not having a symphony holiday concert. To avoid gathering community musicians with the MSU students on campus for rehearsal, we came up with the idea to feature small groups of musicians who are or have been part of the symphony, many who live in the same household” said Executive Director Ellen Fenner.

The “Home for the Holidays” virtual concert will feature several ensembles made up of musicians from the Minot Symphony Orchestra including family ensembles, husband and wife duets, a father/daughter duet, and a string quartet a along with other ensembles of symphony musicians. Holiday favorites including “The Nutcracker Suite,” “Fantasia on Greensleeves,” “Ukrainian Bell Carol,” “Joy to the World,” “Good King Wenceslas,” and many more will be included in the performance.

Virtual concert tickets can be purchased at www.minotsymphony.com. Tickets will be based on the number of people watching the performance per device. A solo ticket is $25 (1 adult age 18+), Senior Solo $20 (65+), Duo $40 (2 adults), Family Quartet $50 (includes 2 adults and 2 student/children), or Ensemble for up to 6 viewers on the same device for $100.

The project is supported in part by grants from Arts Midwest and the North Dakota Council on the Arts, which receives funding from the state Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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