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The September 2020 Masterworks program of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony’s 2020-21 season has been reimagined because of the global pandemic.
The FMSO is abiding by all CDC and North Dakota Smart Restart guidelines to keep everyone as safe as possible. And, because Festival Concert Hall in the Reineke Fine Arts Center at NDSU is the FMSO’s home, we are abiding by NDSU policies, as well. This means two things: the concerts will be reimagined with chamber orchestra configurations of between 15 and no more than 35 musicians on stage, and there will be no live audience.
The program will be recorded, and season ticket holders will be given a private viewing of the streamed concert on Saturday evening, September 26. The public is invited to view the concert at 2:00 pm on Sunday, September 27. Please note: there will be no live, in-person concerts at the normal Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon times.
Mahler’s symphonic music is known for its energy, vivid orchestration, and sometimes overwhelming sound, usually produced by large orchestras. Imagine, then, an arrangement of a Mahler symphony—for fifteen musicians! Klaus Simon has published arrangements of most of Mahler’s symphonies. His arrangement of Symphony No. 4 is scored for string quintet (two violins, viola, cello, and bass), plus one flute, clarinet, oboe, and bassoon, one French horn, one trumpet, percussion, timpani, and harmonium.
The concert features the return to Fargo of soprano Adrienne Danrich, who appeared in February 2019 in the cabaret-style program Love and Trouble at the Fargo Theatre. Ms. Danrich also sang the soprano part in an FMSO performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in April 2015. This time, Ms. Danrich will sing several songs that are particularly appropriate in these turbulent times of social unrest. Two songs will feature Music Director Christopher Zimmerman on the piano, and the final one will feature a small combo. In addition, of course, she will be the soprano soloist in Mahler’s Symphony No. 4.
The FMSO recognizes Sanford Health, Avis-Fargo, and Super Studio as sponsors of the Masterworks 1 concert.
Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra – Masterworks 1 Concert
NO LIVE PERFORMANCE!!
Streaming for Season Ticket Holders: Saturday, September 26, 7:30 pm
Streaming for the General Public: Sunday, September 27, 2:00 pm
Streaming via the FMSO website, with additional information to be released shortly
For more information, see www.fmsymphony.org or call the FMSO office at 701-478-3676