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The Minot Symphony’s 97th season brings BIG changes

Posted: Sep 14 2022
The Minot Symphony’s 97th season brings BIG changes
The Minot Symphony Orchestra will open their 97th season on Saturday, September 24th at 7 pm at MSU’s Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

New this year, the performances will start at 7pm (instead of 7:30.) This change is to give concertgoers an earlier start for those traveling, more time to socialize with friends following the performance, or to simply get home earlier. The programming is targeted around 80 min. of music plus a 20 min. intermission which will warrant an earlier dismissal than previous years.

Patrons will also notice the addition of two 98” high definition digital monitors in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall. These monitors were purchased and installed thanks to a special grant from SRT Cares along with supporting funds from Minot State University. These monitors will provide a world of opportunities for the symphony and other performing groups in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall.

“The addition of the two digital monitors will help us provide education to our patrons, are attractive for sponsors messages to the audience, and will provide many opportunities for the symphony, MSU, and the numerous other community groups that utilize the hall. The symphony concerts will show the livestream video footage on the monitors during the performance to enhance the patron experience. We are already planning something BIG in the near future!” exclaimed Ellen Fenner, MSO Executive Director.

“All That Jazz” is the first of the symphony’s 6 concert series for the 2022-2023 season. Other performance dates include October 29, December 10, February 4 (3pm), March 4, and April 29. Programs for the 2022-2023 season include works by Glinka, Tchaikovsky, L. Mozart, Mendelssohn, Franck, Williams, Holst, and more. The season will also feature a guest conductor, ND High School Soloist competition winner, MSU Division of Performing Arts Honors Competition winner, and the winning piece of the annual Young Composer Competition. More information and details are available at

“I am so excited about this year and to play music that is dear and familiar to me (The Planets), music that I absolutely love (West Side Story), and music in many different styles and genres written from the 1700s to today!  I think there is truly something for everyone this season and I invite you to experience it all and broaden your musical horizons along with us,” said Christine Baumann, Minot Symphony Association Board President and violist.

The season opener on September 24th will feature familiar jazz tunes that will have concertgoers dancing in their seat - Gershwin’s Cuban Overture and Bernstein’s West Side Story: Symphonic Dances.

The program continues with the world premiere of Concerto Nova, an original composition by Minot native Erik Mychal Anderson. This piece was written for electric cello which will be performed by his father, MSU Division of Performing Arts Chair and MSO principal cellist J. Erik Anderson. Electric violins, viola, and bass are also featured in the composition.

Local composer and performer, Erik M. Anderson has a passion for music of diverse genres which influence his writing. A fan of jazz, rock, and hip hop, his music often features driving rhythm and expressive melodies. You can hear the impact of composers Leonard Bernstein and Dimitri Shostakovich. Creating music that is both personally meaningful and satisfying to the listener and performer is incredibly important to Anderson.

The electric 5-string cello, along with distortion, wah, and other pedals, offers a completely new and exciting palate of colors. Erik’s concerto brings together blues, Latin, hip-hop, and metal styles, yet with the overall scope and organization of a classical work. So excited to bring something totally new to the Minot stage!” exclaimed cellist J. Erik Anderson.

Following intermission, MSU Professor of Woodwinds and Director of Jazz Studies, Mr. Charles Young will be featured on alto saxophone for Autumn in New York, which was recorded by Charlie Parker with strings in 1952. Following Mr. Young’s performance, one of his former students, Minot native, Jasmine Spitzer will join the MSO to sing familiar jazz tunes recorded by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Michael Bublé, and Aretha Franklin.

Raised by two music teachers, Jasmine Spitzer has been surrounded by the love of music her whole life. She grew up watching her family play huge roles in the Minot music community, both in education and performance. With these big shoes to fill, she pursued Music Education at Minot State University for two years before transferring to Ohio Wesleyan University to continue her studies. Jasmine is now one of Columbus Ohio’s most sought-after vocalists with a reputation for adventurous versatility and an infectious presence on the bandstand. As both a bandleader and a sideman, she has appeared in nearly every live jazz venue in the city and continues to forge her path. Influenced by Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nancy Wilson, you can hear the classic sounds of the past in her voice.

Tickets start at $30 for adults with active military, senior, and student discounts available. Season tickets, individual tickets and Pick 6 Flex Passes are available. The Pick 6 Flex Pass 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 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 (6pm for Sept. 24th).

The Minot Symphony Orchestra is a unique blend of student, community, and professional musicians from the Minot area. The symphony is directed by Maestro Efraín Amaya, Associate Professor of Performing Arts at Minot State University.

This 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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