Published January 21, 2022

Twist and Shout with the Minot Symphony Orchestra  

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MINOT — The Minot Symphony Orchestra invites the whole family to its live performance, Twist and Shout, on Saturday, Feb. 5 at 3 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall located inside Old Main on the campus of Minot State University. 

“Having the family concert at 3 in the afternoon encourages parents to bring their children, as it won’t interfere with bedtime. It also encourages those who don’t like to drive in the dark to come out and enjoy live music,” said Executive Director Ellen Fenner. 

The family concert will feature the winner of the annual MSO North Dakota High School Soloist Competition, Hayden Fredrickson. Fredrickson will perform the first movement of David Gillingham’s Concerto No. 2 for Marimba and Orchestra. He is a junior at Minot’s Magic City Campus and has been playing music for as long as he can remember. His first formal music education was at the Minot Children’s Music Academy at the age of 3, where he learned how to play piano. Hayden has participated in the Northwest Festival of Music since 2017, is a member of the Minot City Band, the Brass Band of Minot, the Magic City Campus Varsity Winds Band, and the Magi Drumline.  

Hayden Fredrickson, the MSO North Dakota High School Soloist Competition winner, will be featured. [Photo: submitted]

 “A competition like this requires a tremendous amount of preparation from performers. In working with Hayden, I have found that he is always up for a challenge, and when he tackles a big project, he goes at it 100%. Being chosen as the MSO soloist is quite an honor. I am so happy to see Hayden's enthusiasm and work ethic rewarded,” says Avis Veikley, Associate Professor of Music, Division of Performing Arts, Minot State University. 

This family concert will educate patrons of all ages with Benjamin Britten’s famous, Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. The symphony is thrilled to have as the guest narrator, Minot native and Miss North Dakota USA, Caitlyn Vogel. Caitlyn is pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree in nursing at Minot State University. Along with schooling and walking her two 60 lb. golden doodles, Caitlyn models locally and nationally with designers like Rachel Allan and Sherri Hill. In November, Caitlyn represented the great state of North Dakota at the national Miss USA pageant where she placed first runner up. 

Caitlyn Vogel, Miss North Dakota and Minot native, will be the guest narrator. [Photo: submitted]

The performance will also feature several pieces that will have attendees dancing in their seat! Copland’s Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo (Buckaroo Holiday, Corral Nocturne, Saturday Night Waltz, and Hoe-Down), Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture, Enesco Rumanian Rhapsody, Benjamin Jamaican Rumba, Alfven (arr. Bay Wright) Swedish Polka, Glière The Red Poppy: Russian Sailor’s Dance and Márquez Conga del Fuego Nuevo.  

Pre-concert activities will begin at 2 p.m. Eckroth Music of Minot will be on site and will offer an Instrument Petting Zoo, which will allow concertgoers of all ages the opportunity to try out a variety of instruments an hour prior to the performance and again during intermission. The 30-minute pre-concert talk will provide an engaging overview of the works being performed, the story behind the music, the composer, and historical context will be presented one hour before the concert by Tim Baumann, Camp Director of the International Music Camp and member of the symphony.  

The Minot Symphony Orchestra will follow current COVID-19 guidelines as mandated by Minot State University. Social distancing and masks are not required at this time but are strongly encouraged. This is subject to change as the COVID-19 pandemic changes. For patrons not comfortable attending a live performance, or are not able to travel, the performance will also be available via livestream.  

Tickets start at $25 for adults with senior and student discounts available. Individual tickets, and Flex Passes are available. A Flex Pass, which 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 www.minotsymphony.com or through the box office at 701-858-4228. Patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. 

The next performance of the Minot Symphony Orchestra is March 5 as they pay tribute to American composer, conductor and pianist John Williams’ 90th birthday. The performance will include Williams’ Cowboy Overture, Theme from Jurassic Park, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, The Star Wars Suite for Orchestra, and more. 

The MSO season will conclude on April 30 and will feature the Heartland Marimbas, the 2021 Young Composition Contest winner, and Mahler Symphony No. 1. 

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 Music at Minot State University.  

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