See the magic behind movies

Minot Symphony Orchestra puts on 'Movie Magic'

Submitted Photo Nathan Bowles was the winner of the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s annual Minot State University Senior Honors Concerto Competition. He will be performing Maurice Ravel’s “Don Quichotte a Dulcinee” for the Movie Magic concert.

What do movies such as “Star Wars,” “Lord of the Rings,” “Mission Impossible” and “Jurassic Park” have in common? Pieces from them will be performed at the Minot Symphony Orchestra’s Saturday concert at Ann Nicole Nelson Hall in Minot.

“What would movies be without music? Join us as we perform some of the most unforgettable classical scores used in films. We will also pay homage to our armed forces and feature the winner of our annual MSU Senior Honors Concerto Competition” said music director Efrain Amaya.

“Movie Magic” will kick-off with a pre-concert talk held by Erik Anderson starting at 6:30 p.m. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. Arny’s 2.0 will be present to offer limited beer and wine services to patrons who are 21 years old or older following the pre-concert lecture and during intermission.

Well-known pieces by John Williams, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Howard Shore, Richard Wagner and more will be played. Popular titles such as the theme of “Jurassic Park,” an arrangement from “Star Wars: The Phantom Menace,” the “Mission: Impossible” theme, an arrangement from “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” and “Ride of the Valkyries” will be performed along with other movie scores.

The featured performer for this Minot Symphony Orchestra will be Minot local Nathan Bowles. Bowles is the winner of the symphony’s annual MSU Senior Honors Concerto Competition and will be performing Maurice Ravel’s “Don Quichotte a Dulcinee” for the Movie Magic concert.

Bowles is no stranger to Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. He has been a big part of the music scene there, performing with his own quartet, Vox Humana, with the symphony in December and was most recently featured in the Western Plains Opera Company’s “Into the Woods” production.

“The Minot Symphony provides so many great opportunities for musicians. The annual MSU Senior Honors Concerto Competition is one great example. The symphony is composed of college students performing alongside their professors, high school students, and community members from all walks of life. It is truly a unique gem that Minot is lucky to have,” said Ellen Fenner, executive director of the symphony.

The symphony will be bringing another special touch to Movie Magic with a collaboration with the Minot State University Veterans Center to host a paper product drive. Items will be collected and donated to the Minot Area Homeless Coalition. Suggested items include toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, diapers, baby wipes and paper plates.

Items can be dropped off at Lien’s Jewelry in downtown Minot or at the MSU Veterans Center located inside Dakota Hall. They will also be collected at the Movie Magic symphony concert.

Tickets for the concert cost $25 for adults with senior and student discounts available. They can be purchased online at or by calling 858-4228.