Our Upcoming Events

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BMSO Concert Event

American Romance

Saturday, October 18, 2014
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

icon-ludwigRomance and Rhapsody literally come to life through the virtuosity and artistry of violinist Michael Ludwig as he performs Dvorak’s Romance for Violin and Kenneth Fuchs’ American Rhapsody; experience, too, the lush, romantic strains of Romeo Cascarino’s Pygmalion and Howard Hanson’s “Romantic” Symphony No. 2.

Concert Sponsor:
National Endowment for the Arts

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A Holiday to Remember

Friday, November 21, 2014
Saturday, November 22, 2014
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

icon-aaronWe welcome back to Bismarck violinist Aaron Meyer and Tim Ellis on guitar. Their music lifts our spirits and lifts us out of our seats with excitement. There’s no better way to get your holiday season in gear than to experience this great Holiday Pops concert that includes traditional favorites, classical gems, and Meyer/Ellis at their best.

Friday Concert Sponsor:
Richter State Farm
Saturday Concert Sponsor:
Basin Electric Power Cooperative

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BMSO Pops Event

The Best of the Best

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

Join us for the very best and most-loved motion picture film scores. Standing next to the giants of film music like John Williams, Ennio Morricone, Elmer Bernstein, James Horner, and the like, are mainstream symphonic compositional giants such as Aaron Copland, who also happened to write for film. This concert features them all!

Concert Sponsor:
Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra League

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Bach, Rach and Peter

Saturday, February 7, 2015
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

icon-nariaki“Bach, Rach and Peter.” What could be more invigorating and entertaining than a night of some of the most famous classical music of all time – music that for many created their first love of the genre. Pianist Nariaki Sugiura plays the beloved and stirring Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2; KX News Meteorologist Jared Piepenburg joins us as narrator of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf; and the orchestra sparkles in J.S. Bach’s epic organ piece, Toccata in D Minor.

Concert Sponsor:
Leach Foundation
Guest Artist Sponsor:
Sanford Health

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BMSO Pops Event

Dixieland

Saturday, February 27, 2015
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

icon-dixieBMSO’s Dixieland Jazz Band will continue our tradition of offering a great concert experience in a casual setting with cocktails, snacks, and amazing music.

Concert Sponsor:
Edson Construction

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Sublime Serenades

Saturday, March 14, 2015
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

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March “Sublime Serenades: Mozart’s exquisite clarinet concerto, played by prodigy Torin Bakke, will be framed by a perennial July 4th favorite, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture in its original form, and his beautiful and exciting Serenade for Strings!

Concert Sponsor:
Tesoro Refinery
Guest Artist Sponsor:
ND Council of the Arts

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Rhapsody in Blue

Saturday, April 18, 2015
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

icon-hancockThe BMSO hits a home run with this win/win concert as we welcome back to the Belle pianist Russell Hancock of the St. Michael Trio, to play Gershwin’s beloved Rhapsody in Blue! This concert features two more orchestral and audience favorites, Smetana’s The Moldau, and Mozart’s Symphony No. 40 in G Minor.

Concert Sponsor:
BNC Bank
Guest Artist Sponsor:
DWAC

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Jae & Jazz

Saturday, May 16, 2014
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

icon-jaeWelcome to Bismarck/Mandan the Jae Sinnett Jazz Trio. Hear the smooth and lively nuances of jazz melded with the power of a full orchestra in this fun concert of original compositions by Jae Sinnett, along with other jazz-inspired favorites played by your Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra.

Concert Sponsor:
Weigel Funeral & Cremation Services

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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.

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Years since opening night, November 3, 1914

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Symphony performances since 1974

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Sponsors and Patrons for the 2014-2015 season

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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.

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Education

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.

Sponsors:
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.

Sponsors:
Wells Fargo


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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
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BNSF
Clear Channel
Dakota West Arts Council
EdSons Construction
Gate City Bank
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H.A. Thompson and Sons
KFYR-5
Laughing Sun Brewing Co
Leach Foundation
Mojo 107.5
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NEA
North Dakota Council of the Arts
Roberts Floral
Sanford Health
State Farm
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Tesoro
Townsquare Media
Wells Fargo
Starion Financial
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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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