In addition to its physical beauty, the auditorium was blessed with superb acoustics, and famous visitors were pleased to find their art could be heard perfectly even in the furthest seats.
T he opening night gala featured Reginald DeKoven’s popular operetta, “Robin Hood,” conducted by the composer. Although ticket prices were as high as $18 for a box seat, an enormous sum in those days, the house was sold out; The Bismarck Tribune wrote “It was a brilliant assemblage, one of which Bismarck, Queen of the Slope, has every reason to feel proud.”
Over the years, the Community Players, the Little Symphony and its eventual successor, the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra, and countless school productions have enriched our community beyond measure. The Belle Mehus City Auditorium has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places and now shines with all its former glory. Read more about the history of Belle Mehus City Auditorium.
Years since opening night, November 3, 1914
Symphony performances since 1974
Sponsors and Patrons for the 2016-2017 season
Podcast Performances available for streaming or download.
Meet the Conductor
Dr. Beverly Everett
Beverly Everett is Music Director of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. She was recently named as one of the Bismarck-Mandan Business Watch magazine’s “40 under 40” for making a difference through her work in the region, and was the City Magazine cover story in November of 2011, and the cover feature of Fine Living Review in December of 2011. In 2009 Dr. Everett was the youngest-ever recipient of the “Friend of the Arts” award in Bemidji. And in 2010 Everett was one of six conductors in the nation to receive an “Excellence in Music Education” award by the American Prize. Everett was recently named as one of two recipients of the first 2011 Region 2 Arts/McKnight Career Advancement Fellowship to study with JoAnn Falletta. Read more about the BMSO Conductor, Dr. Beverly Everett
Meet the Musicians
Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra
A symphony orchestra is made up of many different kinds of instruments that are often grouped into “families.” And just like a human family, instruments come in all shapes and sizes and they, and those who play them, definitely have their own unique personalities. The main sections of the orchestra are: strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion. Within these families, further distinctions are made for each instrument. Read more about the family of musicians at the BMSO
The volunteers who support the BMSO
The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony League is a volunteer organization, committed to the support of the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra through financial, educational, and promotional activities – raising over $425,000 over the last 30 years and purchasing instruments and equipment for the Orchestra. The League also underwrites instruments for children in the Bismarck-Mandan area, sponsors a concert and musicians’ chairs and helps with educational concerts for area-wide 4th graders. League members are committed and enthusiastic, and orchestra members are most welcome to join the Symphony League. For more information, contact the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra.
Music can connect young people with themselves and create a bridge for connecting with others.
hrough music, we can introduce children to the richness and diversity of humanity and celebrate the rhythms of world around us. Music is about communication, creativity and cooperation. When children and teens have the opportunity to build on these skills, they enrich their lives and experience the world from a new perspective, preparing them for the future. The BMSO’s education programs offer youths of all backgrounds an opportunity to engage with orchestral music and experience unique learning opportunities through high quality and interactive education and community events. Read more about the education programs that BMSO offers.