“This 2016/2017 season, ‘Visions of Grandeur,’ brings you literal and figurative visions of beauty, power and grace,” says Music Director Beverly Everett, describing the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra’s (BMSO) new season. “From the Burning Hills Amphitheater to the Belle, and even to a new venue called ‘Legacy,’ these spaces will soon be filled with notes, colors and timbres sure to make lasting musical memories.”
The initial concert, on September 17th, features musician/athlete, Tony Arnone, as he makes his debut with the orchestra performing the Dvorak cello concerto. Arnone, an Ironman finisher and marathon runner, will bring his energy to the Belle.
Pianist Andreas Klein returns to Bismarck on October 22nd as soloist for the Schumann Piano Concerto. Concertgoers on that date will have a chance to hear the hall’s newly redone Steinway.
Vocalist Emily Walter headlines the “Holiday Scenes” concert, served up the evenings of November 18th and 19th. An audience singalong is a traditional part of the program.
The symphony’s own Lisa Bost-Sandberg is given the spotlight February 4th in a performance of the flute concerto by living composer Christopher Rouse. The Celtic-flavored concert also features music by Charles Tomlinson Griffes.
Beethoven is back at the Belle on March 18th with pianist Dianna Anderson and the Piano Concerto No. 4. Also on the program is Beethoven’s popular Symphony No. 5.
The April 22nd concert takes the orchestra to a new venue—the auditorium of Bismarck’s new Legacy High School. Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” is the featured work, and the Young Artist Competition Winners will be unveiled.
The season’s movie music Pops Concert is scheduled at the Belle January 21st. The Doc Lindelow Memorial Dixieland Band under the direction of Dennis Gowen returns to the Sixteen03 Main Event Center on February 17th. The Rush Hour Concerts series is continuing this year at the Bismarck Veterans Library and Faith Lutheran Church.
The 2017/18 season will be Everett’s 10th season with the orchestra. The symphony office told City Magazine they are already planning the anniversary season, which will have an emphasis on women composers and performers.
For schedule and ticket information visit bismarckmandansymphony.org.