Here’s what’s going on in local arts and entertainment news the week of March 3 – Grand Forks Herald

Symphony to present concert Sunday at Masonic Center

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will perform in concert at 2:30 pm Sunday, March 6, at the Masonic Center.

The program will feature the “Concerto for Viola,” by William Walton, a British composer. The piece “is full of virtuosity and rich orchestral color,” said Alejandro Drago, music director and UND associate professor of music.

The guest soloist will be David Pedraza, principal violist for the Symphony of the Americas, based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

The other piece on the program is “The Planets,” a famous suite by Gustav Holst. This is “a massive symphonic work in seven movements, each of which represents a planet” in the solar system, Drago said. The plants are depicted musically “in the manner that astrologers understood them.”

Tickets for the concert may be purchased in advance at Popplers Music, 1726 S. Washington, or online at . They may also be purchased at the door.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors (65 and older), $15 for military, and $5 for children and students. Check the website for reduced-price tickets for music students.

‘Feast of Nations’ celebration set for Saturday

The 60th annual Feast of Nations event, celebrating culture and showcasing diversity, is planned for 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Alerus Center.

The event, organized by student members of the UND International Organization, features a multi-course international meal, live music, and cultural displays and performances.

Tickets are $45 for general admission and $35 for students. Tables of 10 may be reserved for $450, $500 or $550. Dress is formal to semi-formal or cultural dress. Masks are optional. For tickets or table reservations, go to the Chester Fritz Auditorium, 3475 University Ave.; call (701) 777-4090; or email .

When making reservations, guests will be asked to choose a main entre — either ntaba, a chicken dish popular in the Congo, or chakalaka, a South African vegetarian dish.

From its inception in 1961, Feast of Nations has grown into one of the biggest multicultural events in the region.

The Cuban Links, a Cuban folklore dance group from Winnipeg, will be among the talented and unique performers who will entertain the audience at this year’s Feast of Nations, set for Saturday, March 5 at at the Alerus Center.

NVYO to present ‘Kaleidoscope Concert’

Northern Valley Youth Orchestras will present “Kaleidoscope Concert” at 4 pm Sunday, March 6, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium, 3475 University Ave., on the UND campus.

The suggested admission is $5, or whatever the attendee can pay.

Two NVYO student symphony orchestras will present “an exciting variety of symphonic music, including familiar favorites and lesser-known masterpieces, by composers from numerous countries,” said Naomi Welsh, NVYO executive director.

The Philharmonic Symphony, directed by Kara Hartten, and the Symphony, conducted by Kevin Sutterlin and assistant conductor Cody Hunter, are both comprised of string, wind, brass and percussion student musicians from more than a dozen area communities, Welsh said.

For this concert, HB Sound and Light will provide lighting effects and livestream services, and record the performance for later viewing.

The NVYO programs provide challenging symphonic technique and performance opportunities for young musicians, ages 9 to 21, in a supportive setting, Welsh said.

This concert is funded in part by a grant from the Myra Foundation.

For more information, go to .

UND band musicians to present concert

The UND Wind Ensemble and University Band, both conducted by James Popejoy, will present a combined concert at 8 pm Tuesday, March 8, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium. Masks are no longer required in the auditorium.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be livestreamed on the UND Music website: .

The University Band will open the concert with a varied program that includes a medley of tunes from Leonard Bernstein’s iconic score for “West Side Story”; Edvard Grieg’s “March of the Trolls”; and works by Karl King, Michael Sweeney and Robert Sheldon.

Graduate conductor Juanita Caballero will lead the band in a performance of Frank Ticheli’s popular “Cajun Folk Songs.”

The Wind Ensemble will feature performances of Ryan Nowlin’s “Fanfare for the Centennial”; William Schuman’s “George Washington Bridge: An Impression”; and “Colors,” by Roger Cichy. The group will close the program with three works by Percy Grainger.

For more information about the concert, call (701) 777-2815 or email .

Grand Forks students to present concerts

Students in Grand Forks public schools will present concerts, all beginning at 7 pm, in the next week. They include:

Red River High School Choir, Grand Forks Central High School Choir and Schroeder Middle School Orchestra — all on Monday, March 7;

Red River High School Orchestra – Tuesday, March 8; and the combined Grand Forks Central High School and Valley Middle School Orchestra, and the Schroeder Middle School Choir – both on Thursday, March 10.

UND students performing in North Dakota Intercollegiate Band

Ten UND students recently performed with the 20th annual North Dakota Intercollegiate Band in Jamestown. They performed with music students from seven other North Dakota colleges and universities in rehearsals and for a performance last weekend.

Rebecca Phillips, director of bands at Colorado State University, served as guest conductor and clinician.

Participating UND students were: Giles Askim, tuba; Juanita Caballero, trombone; Faith Dungey, horn; Emily Huber, oboe; Kelsi Mansfield, horn; Kylar Moltzan, percussion; Mary Morales, tenor saxophone; Sophia Roehl, clarinet; Bria Smithberg, baritone saxophone; and Maya Zepeda, bass clarinet.

James Popejoy, director of bands at UND, assisted with the event.

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