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Minot Symphony Orchestra to present ‘Roll Over Beethoven’ on Saturday

Submitted Photo Glenburn native, Michael HarriSon, who was chosen as a co-winner of the MSU Honors Competition in spring 2021, will perform.

The Minot Symphony Orchestra will present a live performance, “Roll Over Beethoven,” on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University featuring works by Poelking, Bourgeois, and Beethoven.

According to information provided by the Orchestra, Beethoven’s “Symphony Number 5” is one of the most recognized pieces in music history.

Glenburn native, Michael HarriSon, who was chosen as a co-winner of the MSU Honors Competition in spring 2021, will perform D. Bourgeois’ “Trombone Concerto.” HarriSon is currently a music education major at Minot State University studying trombone with David Rolandson. In addition to the Minot Symphony Orchestra, he performs regularly as a trombonist with the MSU Concert Band, MSU Jazz Ensemble and Western Plains Opera Company.

“Michael HarriSon has studied trombone with me since he was a high school student in Glenburn, and he has worked incredibly hard over the past several years to achieve his professional goals. Being named a co-winner of the MSU Honors Competition is a direct result of Michael’s tireless dedication to improving as a trombonist and musician. Performing this concerto with the MSO is a significant achievement, but I have a feeling this is only the beginning for Michael who I believe is destine for great things as both a performer and music educator,” said David Rolandson, director of bands and associate professor of music, Division of Performing Arts at MSU.

The performance will showcase the 2020 Young Composition Contest winner, Kevin Poelking’s original composition, “Terra Nocte.”

“Terra Nocte was not composed with any visual images in mind; however, as the piece neared its completion, the opening measures of the music seemed to evoke an atmosphere which inspired the title of ‘Terra Nocte’ (Latin for ‘Earth at Night’). This loosely metered introduction seemed to paint a picture of a quiet lake under the moonlight, with small disturbances rippling across smooth surface while insects, wind and wildlife sing and stir around its banks,” said Poelking. Poelking is currently on the faculty at Colorado State University.

For patrons not comfortable attending a live performance, or are not able to travel, performances will also be available via livestream. Advanced tickets are available on the symphony’s website.

Tickets start at $25 for adults with senior and student discounts available. Individual tickets, season tickets, and Flex Passes are available. A Flex Pass, which includes 6 concert tickets for the price of 5, can be used for multiple tickets to the same performance or spread out between performances. All tickets are available at www.minotsymphony.com or through the box office at 701-858-4228. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance.

Pre-concert talks which provide an engaging overview of the works being performed, talk about the story behind the music, the composer, and historical context will be presented one hour before the concert.

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