Our Upcoming Events

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Sound of the Trumpet

Saturday, September 19, 2015
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

Starting the season is one of the most talented, innovative and generous musicians of our time. principal trumpet of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Ryan Anthony. Help us light the inaugural fire to our season with the music of Wagner, Dvorak and the beloved trumpet concerto of Hummel.

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Fire and Fools

Saturday, October 17, 2015
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

Stir the fire in your souls with the epic Elgar Cello Concerto performed by the amazing Hanna Holman, cellist of the New York Ballet Orchestra, plus Haydn’s own “Fire Symphony” and fire music from Holst’s ballet “The Perfect Fool”.

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Roasting By An Open Fire: Your Holiday Favorites

November 20 &  21, 2015
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

AaronTimAaron Myer and Tim Ellis are becoming familiar faces and names to Bismarck and these nearly sold-out concerts are proof of their popularity. Bring your family and friends into the warmth of the holiday season – these are concerts that you absolutely do not want to miss!

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Murder, Mystery & Fire

Saturday, January 16, 2016
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

What would a mystery movie be without the suspenseful music? Join us for themes from everything from Alfred Hitchcock to Sherlock Holmes to Scooby Doo and more!

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Resurrection: The Firebird

Saturday, February 6, 2016
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

Of all the classical music related to fire, none is more famous or popular for that connection than the Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo and Stravinsky’s epic ballet “The Firebird”. Join us as the BMSO dazzles us with those pieces, as well as featuring our own champion violinist and music leader, Everaldo Martinez with Prokofiev’s Violin Concerto No.2.

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Friday, February 19, 2016
Sixteen03 Main Event

BMSO’s Dixiland Jazz Band will continue our tradition of offering a great concert experience at the Sisteen03 Main Event Center with cocktails, food and amazing music.

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Fun With Fire

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Belle Mehus Auditorium

One work describes this concert: fun. The creative artist Philip Aaberg shares his piano and composition talents with us, and the BMSO and guests take us on a unique journey through Beethoven’s famous Fifth Symphony, as told through the voiced of sportscasters. Take off your ties and let your hair down a little for this evening as we listen ti orchestral music through a different lens!

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O For a Muse of Fire

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Belle Mehus Auditorium

Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No.1 as played by young virtuoso pianist (and former BMSYO member) Gareth Cordery! Join us as we end our subscription season with a powerful performance of this piece as well as the contemporary “Fire Variations” by Dominick Argento!

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Fired-Up Finale

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Mandan High School

Help us end out 40th anniversary in style as we collaborate with one of our favorite artists and people, Chuck Suchy. This evening of well-known music and friends is the best way ti celebrate the end of our season and the start of a great summer.

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Changing Colors

September 29, 2015
5:45 PM Trinity Lutheran Church

An Autumn Recital presented by Dr. Russell Ballenger will feature music for the accompanied and unaccompanied trombone. The repertoire will consist of music from several different genres with a variety of styles. This performance will include the world premiere of Dr. Lisa Bost-Sandberg’s new work “Glint,” written for unaccompanied trombone and commissioned by Dr. Ballenger.

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Dr Scott Sandberg

October 20, 2015
5:45 PM Bismarck Memorial Public Library

Contrasts in an exceedingly important component of music. Performing on alto and tenor saxophones, Dr. Sandberg will showcase some of the contrasts in saxophone music, from French to American styles of composition, from singing lyricism to driving rhythmic energy, and from traditional to jazz-inspired tonality.

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Trio Apollo

December 15, 2015
5:45 PM Trinity Lutheran Church

Trio Apollo has provided classical music performances throughout the Midwest since 2003. The ensemble specializes in reaching diverse audiences through novel programming. The ensemble is a Trio d’anche woodwind trio; bassoon (Sara Boyd), clarinet (Rhonda Gowen) and oboe (Tonya Mertz).

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Triple Time

February 25, 2016
5:45 PM Faith Lutheran Church

BMSO Concertmaster Dr. Everaldo Martinez and friends Rhonda Gowen (clarinet) and Michael Langer (piano) are getting together for some sublime music-making. Hear another side of European and American master composers in this small combination. It’s great music for a quick listen.

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A Solo Expedition
Dr. Lisa Bost Sandberg

March 10, 2016
5:45 PM Faith Lutheran Church

Music written for solo flute is excitingly diverse, including revolutionary pieces that challenged and developed the expressive vocabulary of the flute, music that evokes the gamut of emotions, and pieces that seek to tell stories or convey abstractions. This whirlwind expedition through such repertoire includes pieces performed on flute, alto flute, and bass flute.

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Explore the Symphony!

Welcome to the Bismarck-Mandan Orchestral Association's elegant performance home at
Belle Mehus City Auditorium, located at 201 N 6th Street in downtown Bismarck, North Dakota.
We strive to inspire joy and build our community through music and the performing arts, we hope you will join us at this magnificent historical theater for a performance you won't soon forget!

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 2014-2015 season


Podcast Performances available for streaming or download.

Meet the Conductor

Dr. Beverly Everett

icon-beverlyBeverly 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

icon-symphonyA 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

Symphony League

The volunteers who support the BMSO

icon-symphonyleagueThe 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.

T 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.


The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra believes in promoting self-expression and community awareness through music educational programs. We strive to inspire students and participants to come away from these programs believing that music can uplift themselves as well as their community.

Linking Music to the Future

Each year two free concerts are held at the Belle for over 1,400 Fourth Grade students from the south central region of North Dakota. Linking Music to the Future Education Concerts are held at the Belle Mehus Auditorium. For more information, Contact the BMSO.

Gate City Bank
BNSF Railway
Bismarck Public Schools
Bismarck Mandan Symphony League

Master Classes

On occasion, during concert week, the BMSO will offer master classes by our guest artists. More details will be posted closer to the actual time of the master classes.

Young Artist Competition

With two divisions open to North Dakota middle school through college students, the BMSO’s Young Artist Competition is committed to seeking out oustanding young musicians from the local region. The winners will receive a cash prize from the BMSO and an invitation to perform a movement from a concerto, as featured artist with the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra in the current concert season.

Youth Orchestra

The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Youth Orchestras are under the direction of Dr. Everaldo Martinez, Concertmaster for the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra. The ensembles rehearse on Tuesday afternoons at St. Mary’s Grade School and offer public concerts multiple times each year. To find out how to participate, Contact the BMSO.

Wells Fargo

Symphony Patrons

The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra depends on the generosity of its Patrons for vital annual support, making it possible for us to bring the finest symphonic music by leading musical artists.

Basin Electric Power Cooperative
Big Rig 105.9
Bismarck-Mandan Symphony League
Bismarck Public Schools
BNC National Bank
Clear Channel
Dakota West Arts Council
EdSons Construction
Gate City Bank
H.A. Thompson and Sons
Laughing Sun Brewing Co
Leach Foundation
Mojo 107.5
North Dakota Council of the Arts
Roberts Floral
Sanford Health
State Farm
Townsquare Media
Wells Fargo
Starion Financial

Contact Us

Whether you have questions on season tickets, concert information, or just have a question regarding something you heard, we would love to hear from you.

Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra
215 North 6th St
Bismarck, ND 58501
Phone: 701-258-8345
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