The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony's Masterworks concerts, five Saturday/Sunday pairs of performances presented September through April, feature traditional and contemporary orchestral music with a variety of local, regional, national, and international guest artists. The music on each concert is carefully chosen to delight newcomers while satisfying long-time concertgoers. If you didn't think classical music is your thing, you may change your mind when you experience thrilling music being performed by incredibly accomplished musicians before your very eyes. We invite you to give it a try!
Concerts are performed at NDSU Festival Concert Hall. For more information about the concert venue, what to expect at a symphony concert, box office details and more, visit our Plan Your Experience page.
For more information about the individual concerts in our SANFORD HEALTH Masterworks Concert Series, click on the links to the left or the images below:
MUSIC DIRECTOR CHRISTOPHER ZIMMERMAN talks about the upcoming Masterworks Season:
We are bringing back two sensational soloists from recent seasons; the Russian cellist SERGEY ANTONOV who this time will play music by his great compatriot Tchaikovsky; and the violinist CHEE-YUN who will perform the sultry, atmospheric music of the Argentinian “Tango King,” Astor Piazzolla. The orchestra will also bring back some of the most beloved symphonic music written thus far: symphonies by Mozart, Brahms and Rachmaninov. So what is new this season? Quite a lot:
• An internationally acclaimed guitarist from Paraguay, BERTA ROJAS, playing the most famed concerto for that instrument, Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo.
• The premiere performance of PDQ BACH’s (a.ka. PETER SCHICKELE, whose musical education stems from Fargo) new Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra! This piece promises to feature his signature humor and musical prowess.
• Two sizzling orchestral works by Eastern Europeans; Georges Enescu (Romanian) and Zoltan Kodaly (Hungarian).
• Last, and certainly far from least, the orchestra’s first performance of Stravinsky’s incomparable Rite of Spring, a piece which took the musical world by storm more than a hundred years ago, and yet still to this day leaves the listener reeling.
I encourage you not to miss out on any of these concerts. There’s not only “something for everyone,” there’s“everything for everyone.”
MASTERWORKS CONCERTS are performed at NDSU Festival Concert Hall in Reineke Fine Arts Center, at the corner of 12th Avenue and Bolley Drive North in Fargo.