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Music On Fire: FM Symphony Orchestra at NDSU Festival Concert Hall

September 26, 2015 @ 6:45 pm - 8:30 pm



Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra

Music Director – Christopher Zimmerman

Guest Soloist – saxophonist Russell Peterson

Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7:30 pm

Sunday, Sept. 27 at 2:00 pm

NDSU Festival Concert Hall

Tickets: $25-$35 adult, $10-$15 student

Available at www.fmsymphony.org or 701-478-3676


Free pre-concert talk begins 45 minutes before each concert in Beckwith Recital hall with conductor Christopher Zimmerman and soloist Russ Peterson


The 2015-16 “BLOCKBUSTER” concert season opens with MUSIC ON FIRE, with repertoire that promises to light up the hall with intensity and excitement. The “fire” theme opens with music from Stravinsky’s famed “Firebird” ballet, followed by “Ritual Fire Dance” by Spanish composer Manuel de Falla – the rhythmic music of this exciting piece pounds faster and faster as dancers leap through fire to banish demons.


Local saxophone phenom RUSSELL PETERSON is the featured soloist in a contemporary piece by Japanese composer Takashi Yoshimatsu, “Cyberbird – Concerto for Saxophone and Orchestra.” The saxophone showpiece incorporates dazzling colors and rhythms along with dashes of jazz and rock, supported by FMSO Principal Percussionist Kenyon Williams on trap set and Jay Hershberger on piano.


Peterson, who is known to many throughout the region as saxophonist/leader of Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome, teaches saxophone as well as bassoon and jazz studies at Concordia College, and also serves as Principal Bassoonist in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony. He recently returned from a week in Cyprus, where he performed several concerts as a member of the Transcontinental Saxophone Quartet.


“Pines of Rome,” the concert-finale major work by Italian composer Ottorino Respighi, is a vivid symphonic poem which evokes the famed pine trees of Rome at different hours of the day. While this piece may strike many listeners as familiar, it is the final movement, depicting a triumphant procession along the Appian Way, that will really set the concert hall ablaze in a wall of sound with several added “buccini” military horns and the full power of the entire orchestra. Respighi wanted the “ground to tremble under the footsteps” of the procession, so you have been warned!


Adding to the total concert experience this year will be colorful and dramatic lighting effects within the concert hall itself, designed and performed by the talented staff of Livewire Entertainment Media Services.


For more information about the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony: http://www.fmsymphony.org

For more information about Russell Peterson: http://faculty.cord.edu/rpeters/russ.html


September 26, 2015
6:45 pm - 8:30 pm


Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra


Festival Concert Hall
NDSU Campus
Fargo, 58102
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