This annual outdoor concert event, which debuted at Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead in 2011, combines the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra together with the 12-piece POST-TRAUMATIC FUNK SYNDROME performing together on stage. FMSO member Russ Peterson creates custom arrangements each year for the orchestra and band, and the concert is conducted by Jane Linde Capistran.

This is the symphony's premiere fundraising event of the year, and includes a pre-concert party featuring food, beverages, games and raffles. Over the years various local and regional guest artists have joined the orchestra and band onstage:

2011 - Inaugural SYMPHONY ROCKS

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony and Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome performing together, followed by a VIP post-concert party

2012 - SYMPHONY ROCKS - "Fargo Star" finalists as guest vocalists

Highlights: 4 orchestra showpieces, songs by Journey, Peter Gabriel, Chicago, Earth Wind & Fire and more

2013 - SYMPHONY ROCKS with Poitin

Highlights: the local Irish pub band POITIN joined FMSO and PTFS for some funky jigs and reels

2014 - SYMPHONY ROCKS "Hot, Hot, Hot!"

Highlights: steel drum band FUEGO TROPICAL from Minnesota State University Moorhead joined FMSO and PTFS - "Caribbean Barbeque" was the pre-party theme

2015 - SYMPHONY ROCKS "Funkytown"

Highlights: Jazz guest vocalist Bruce Henry from Chicago - dancers performed in the aisles to Bruno Mars' "Uptown Funk" - "Groovy Retro Bash" was the pre-party theme, many attendees dressed 70s style

2016 - SYMPHONY ROCKS "Wild Wild West"

Highlights: Guest vocalists Jessie Veeder and Blind Joe - dancers performed in the aisles to "Wild Wild West" - the sold-out pre-party's theme was "Cowboy BBQ" complete with a "cow-pie toss" cornhole game for prizes

Reserved seats are the amphitheater chair-type seats. In 2016 these seats sold out a week before the concert, so early ticket purchase is recommended.

The General Admission seating areas are pictured below - GA tickets are good for either bench or lawn seating.

RAIN INFO - If there is a light rain, the concert will proceed. If there is heavy rain, the concert will be either postponed or called off depending on the radar/forecast of the storm's duration and intensity. If lightning develops during the performance, the concert will be called off.
If you have purchased tickets in advance and the concert is cancelled, we will send you a letter of receipt noting your donation to the symphony which may be used for tax deduction purposes.





All proceeds support of the concerts and programs of the F-M Symphony Orchestra.

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