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performing with
POST-TRAUMATIC FUNK SYNDROME and guest vocalist Bruce Henry


Bluestem Center for the Arts, Moorhead


5:30 Pre-concert RETRO BASH at Bluestem Marcil Commons: Scheels Living Room & Gallery Space 

8:00 Concert on Bluestem Amphitheatre Stage

The symphony will again join forces with the 12-piece Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome for the fifth annual SYMPHONY ROCKS @ BLUESTEM concert and fundraising event at Bluestem Center for the Arts. This year we return to our funky roots and place the feature light on the fabulous PTFS band, along with Twin Cities R&B/jazz singer Bruce Henry.

Conducted by Jane Linde Capistran and featuring more new arrangements by Russ Peterson, the concert will include rousing orchestral showpieces including excerpts of Stravinsky's "Firebird" and Orff's "Carmina Burana" plus funk classics by Tower of Power, Earth Wind & Fire, Wild Cherry and Al Green, as well as Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk."



Join us before the Symphony Rocks @ Bluestem concert for a RETRO BASH! Come early, leave the cooking to us and get a great parking spot to start a relaxed and fun evening. We'll be serving up some delicious 70s-era groovy hors d'oeuvres, ice cold beverages and some serious fun and games!




CONCERT TICKETS  - Reserved: $30-$50, General Admission $15 (Children $10)

PRE-CONCERT RETRO BASH - $25 in addition to your concert ticket. Your RETRO BASH ticket includes great food and one drink ticket (cash bar will also be available), however, it does not include admission to the concert.


Rain or shine event - no ticket refunds. 

All proceeds support of the concerts and programs of the F-M Symphony Orchestra.

Thank you to our sponsors!! 




Here are the dates and repertoire, more information to come soon. TO ORDER SEASON TICKETS, please call the symphony office at 701-478-3676, only single tickets are available online.

MASTERWORKS I – September 26 & 27        
    Igor Stravinsky         Firebird Suite  
    Takashi Yoshimatsu   “Cyberbird” for saxophone and orchestra  - featuring saxophonist Russ Peterson
    Manuel de Falla         Ritual Fire Dance
    Ottorino Respighi      The Pines of Rome    


MASTERWORKS II – November 14 & 15       
    John Adams               Short Ride in a Fast Machine
    George Gershwin      Concerto in F - featuring pianist Rebecca Davis
    Antonin Dvorak          Symphony No. 9 "From the New World"   


MASTERWORKS III – January 23 & 24     
    Sergei Prokofiev         Romeo & Juliet - Music from Orchestral Suites
    Peter Tchaikovsky      Romeo & Juliet Overture-Fantasy
    Daniel Breedon          Title TBA - FMSO-commissioned work for string orchestra inspired by Shakespeare
    Leonard Bernstein      West Side Story Symphonic Dances   


MASTERWORKS IV – March 12 & 13        
    featuring guest violinist Cho-Liang Lin, former teacher of FMSO Assistant Concertmaster Sonja Harasim
    Johannes Brahms         Academic Festival Overture - a side-by-side performance with FM Senior High Youth Symphony
    J. S. Bach                      Double Violin Concerto - featuring Cho-Liang Lin and Sonja Harasim
    Paul Dukas                  The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
    Peter Tchaikovsky        Violin Concerto - featuring Cho-Liang Lin


MASTERWORKS V – April 16 & 17       
    Pablo de Serasate        Carmen Fantasy - featuring concertmaster Benjamin Sung
    Richard Strauss             Dance of the Seven Veils from "Salome"
    Carl Orff                         Carmina Burana



November seminar will feature FMSO Music Director Christopher Zimmerman and
Director of Orchestra at Concordia College Foster Beyers

Sunday, November 15 through Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Limited to seven participants, conductors will be ensured 95 minutes of podium time over three days (35 minutes with full orchestra and 60 minutes with string quartet and piano). Works to be conducted will be Dvorak Symphony No. 9 and Gershwin Piano Concerto in F (Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra) and Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique (Concordia College Orchestra).

The workshop will include seminars on score study, conductor/soloist collaboration, and orchestral bowing. Organizational topics will also be offered, including building a college orchestra, programming and community engagement.

Maestro Christopher Zimmerman, now in his third season as Music Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, is also director of the Fairfax (VA) Symphony and the American Youth Philharmonic, based in Washington DC. Winner of the American Conducting Prize in 2011, Zimmerman has conducted orchestras to critical acclaim throughout the US and abroad.

His career has also embraced teaching and working with student orchestras and conductors. In 1993 he joined the conducting faculty at the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati where he was Music Director of their concert orchestra, and in 1999 he was appointed as Fuller Professor of Orchestral Studies at the Hartt School as well as Music Director of the Hartt Symphony.  A much sought after clinician and pedagogue, Mr. Zimmerman continues to teach at workshops and festivals around the world.

Dr. Foster Beyers has served as Director of Orchestras at Concordia College since 2011. In addition to leading the Concordia Orchestra, he teaches instrumental conducting and special topics courses in music history. Prior to coming to Concordia, Foster Beyers served as interim director of orchestra at the College of St. Benedict/St. John University for the 2010/2011 academic year. From 2008-2011 he was a James Sample Fellow in conducting at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where he led the Campus Orchestra and String Orchestra and studied with Mark Russell Smith. Mr. Beyers came to Minnesota from Chicago where he served as Music Director of the Ravenswood Community Orchestra, Assistant Director of Choirs at Kenilworth Union Church, and adjunct instructor of music at Loyola College.


Thank you for your generosity on Giving Hearts Day!

Thank you so much for helping us exceed our goal of $15,000 for our first-ever participation in Giving Hearts Day. Preliminary reports show us with a total of $18,624! We're also excited by the fact that 53% of people who donated were first-time donors to the symphony - welcome to our family of cherished supporters! Thank you again for making it possible to bring high-quality orchestral music to this wonderful community.