Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 19 at 2:00 pm


Edvard Grieg
   Norwegian Dance No. 1     
   featuring a side-by-side performance with the F-M Area Senior High Youth Symphony

Camille Saint-Saëns
   Carnival of the Animals
   featuring narration written by Peter Schickele, narrated by Pam Strait of Theatre B

P.D.Q. Bach (aka Peter Schickele)
   Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra!
   featuring pianist JEFFREY BIEGEL

Read the program notes for this concert here.

Here is proof positive that classical music simply does not take itself THAT seriously. This concert is pure fun from start to finish, including the regional premiere of P.D.Q. BACH's new composition, "Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra."

Since the 1970s, Fargoans in particular and music geeks everywhere may recognize the name of P.D.Q. Bach as the classical version of "Weird Al" Yankovic. From promising beginnings as a high school-aged bassoonist in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony (studying composition with former FMSO conductor Sigvald Thompson) and college years at Juilliard where he entertained classmates with his hilariously clever parodies of classical music, to an entire career devoted to manic performances, Grammy-nominated recordings and the eclectic National Public Radio show "Schickele Mix," Peter Schickele is truly a local boy who made the big time. Now in his early 80s he is enjoying a somewhat milder pace, but accepted a new commission by a consortium of orchestras (including the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony) to write one more P.D.Q. Bach "masterpiece." Piano soloist JEFFREY BIEGEL was the driving force behind this effort, and will be performing the various premieres of this piece throughout the US.

Read a wonderful article from the Minneapolis Star Tribune about Peter Schickele's 80th birthday tribute in Minneapolis by Vocalessence and the University of Minnesota.