The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra is putting on a FREE party - actually several parties - for young adults in their 20s and 30s complete with complementary wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres.

Urban Overture is the name of a group for young adults interested in exploring a new concert experience and enjoying informal networking with their peers. 


NEXT URBAN OVERTURE Party

Wednesday, January 20 from 5:30 - 7:00
Radisson Hotel, downtown Fargo
Free hors d'oeuvres, wine tasting
 

FMSO Musicians will perform excerpts and Music Director Christopher Zimmerman will describe the 3 versions of "Romeo and Juliet" on the upcoming Masterworks concert:

ROMEO & JULIET ORCHESTRAL SUITES - Sergei Prokofiev
ROMEO & JULIET OVERTURE-FANTASY - P.I. Tchaikovsky
WEST SIDE STORY SYMPHONIC DANCES - Leonard Bernstein
HEART'S EASE - Daniel Breedon

The symphony’s 2015-16 “BLOCKBUSTER” concert season continues with ROMEO & JULIET x3, highlighting three great composers’ take on Shakespeare’s classic tragedy of two young lovers. All three musical masterpieces are famous and beloved in their own right, but hearing them back to back as three versions of the same story is an extraordinary experience. Actors from THEATRE B will perform snippets from Shakespeare’s play between “scenes” in the music.

Russian composers Tchaikovsky and Prokofiev both composed their versions of “Romeo and Juliet” for the ballet, sixty-five years apart (1870 and 1935). Tchaikovsky’s music is lush and romantic, while Prokofiev’s later style sounds a bit more contemporary and even cinematic.

Then just twenty-two years later, Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story,” which translated the Romeo & Juliet story into dueling Puerto Rican street gangs in 1950s Manhattan, changed the face of American Broadway musicals. The Latin-infused dance pieces, which are now performed by orchestras as “West Side Story Symphonic Dances,” inspired choreographer Jerome Robbins to create “savage, restless, electrifying dance patterns.”


WHAT IS URBAN OVERTURE ABOUT?

Each Wednesday prior to a Masterworks symphony concert, the Urban Overture group hosts an "Urban Overture Party" at The Radisson Downtown at 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. for an informal gathering to learn more about the weekend's concert offering.  Check out the Urban Overture Photo Gallery here!

Concermaster (first chair violinist) Benjamin Sung is often the musical host for each of these events, introducing the conductor, occasionally the guest artist (if they are in town a day early) and FMSO musicians who will be performing for you.

Each event also includes a brief acknowledgment of the sponsors, a drawing for free concert tickets, and an explanation of how to purchase UO discounted tickets online - all of this in an informal, cocktail party-style atmosphere.

REGISTER TO BECOME A MEMBER OF URBAN OVERTURE - IT'S FREE!

Simply send an e-mail to urbanoverture@fmsymphony.org with your NAME and BIRTHDATE, and you will receive an e-mail confirmation with your per sonal code that you can use to order discounted concert tickets. 

  • FREE Networking/Symphony 101 pre-concert Wednesday evening events 
  • FREE Wine Tasting and Hors D'oeuvres 
  • FREE Membership via e-mail registration
  • $10 Masterworks Concert Tickets (a savings of $25 per ticket)

 

 

 Check out the Urban Overture Photo Gallery here!

URBAN OVERTURE SPONSORS: Bernie's Wines & Liquors & Radisson Hotel