7th Annual SYMPHONY ROCKS @ BLUESTEM

Fargo-Moorhead Symphony performing with Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome
Thursday, August 17, 2017 at Bluestem Center for the Arts in Moorhead MN
5:30 pm - PRE-CONCERT PARTY in Marcil Commons ($30) -
ages 21+
8:00 pm - CONCERT on Amphitheater Stage ($20-$60) - all ages
(Gates open for seating in the Amphitheater at 7:00 pm)

Tickets available here for both the concert and the pre-party.

NOTE - PARKING WILL BE SOMEWHAT MUDDY AND AT A PREMIUM - please carpool or use Uber/Lyft if you can. Plan extra time to arrive and get parked.

Online ticket sales will end at 2:00 pm on Thursday, and the symphony office will close. We will reopen the box office at Bluestem Amphitheatre at 7:00, at which time the gate will open for seating. Reserve seating tickets are sold out, but there will be plenty of GA (bench and lawn) seating available. Adult GA - $20, Students/Children GA 12 and over - $10. Remember, NO lawn chairs allowed on the lawn seating areas.

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 horn band POST-TRAUMATIC FUNK SYNDROME performing together on stage. FMSO member Russ Peterson and other FMSO musicians create custom arrangements each year for the orchestra and band, and the concert is conducted by Jane Linde Capistran.

"LEGENDS OF ROCK" concert will feature music by rock legends Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Glenn Frey, Paul McCartney, Leonard Cohen and more, plus orchestral favorites performed by the symphony.

First International Bank and Trust is the sponsor of the "Party Like a Rock Star" pre-party for people ages 21+. Come directly from work to get great parking, have dinner & a drink, and win prizes. Here's what's included:

  • Pre-Concert Party starts at 5:30 in Marcil Commons at Bluestem
  • Early Bird Parking
  • "Backstage" Buffet
  • Free Drink Ticket
  • Cork Pull Game and Prizes by Bernie's Wines & Liquor
  • 50/50 Raffle

    Tickets for the First International "Party Like a Rock Star" Pre-Party (for people age 21+) are $30 and are available for sale online. Tickets to the concert are available separately.

    Our grateful thanks to this year's event sponsors:


    concert tickets and seating:

    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.

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    RAIN OR SHINE EVENT -NO REFUNDS.
    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.

    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