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Concert Events



BMSO Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks

Tuesday, July 4th, 2017
8:00 PM, North Dakota State Capitol Mall

Bismarck, N.D. – The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 42nd season with its annual Fourth of July Spectacular at the North Dakota State Capitol Mall on Tuesday, July 4. The program starts at 8:00 with pre-show entertainment by Shawn Oban, remarks by Governor Doug Burgum and a tribute to military service men and women.

This year’s concert, once again set on the steps at the Capitol building, features Emily Walter, the “Queen of the West” and Medora Gospel Brunch performer. This annual celebration includes both classical and pops selections under the direction of Music Director Beverly Everett, who celebrates her 10th anniversary with the BMSO this season. Everett and Walter bring their trademark energy to the Capitol steps for a night of unforgettable music and family fun. The evening wraps up with fireworks from Pyrotechnics Display, set against the backdrop of the North Dakota State Capitol.

Thanks to the generosity of Burleigh County, the City of Bismarck, and H.A. Thompson & Sons, admission is free and this event is open to the public. Concessions and glow sticks will be available for purchase. There will be a free will offering to ensure the Fourth of July festivities will continue for years to come.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets and bug spray and come spread out on the lawn at the Capitol Mall this 4th of July.

For more information, contact:
BMSO Office, 701-258-8345


Great Expectations

Saturday, September 17, 2016
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

arnonehi_1CAnthony Arnone, Cello
Brahms and Dvorak: Musician and athlete Tony Arnone makes his debut with the BMSO performing Dvorak’s epic cello concerto. An Ironman finisher and marathon runner, Tony will bring an amazing energy to our stage! The orchestra will flourish in the music of Dvorak’s own championship Johannes Brahms. This will be an evening of power and romance!

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Romantic Impressions

Saturday, October 22, 2016
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

Andreas Klein, Piano
Pianist Andreas Klein returns to Bismarck to perform the exquisite and intimate Schumann Piano Concerto. This concert features the talents particularly of our principal flutist and woodwinds in the charming and beautiful Debussy Prelude and the Britten Soirees!

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Holiday Scenes

Friday-Saturday, November 18-19, 2016
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

Emily Walter, Vocalist
No holiday season would be complete without music, and nothing brings out the holiday spirit more than our favorite, memorable tunes. Emily Walter hosts this year’s holiday concerts featuring some of your best-loved holiday songs and memories.

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Celtic Connections

Saturday, February 4, 2017
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

Lisa Bost-Sandberg, Flute
Our own Lisa Bost-Sandberg is our featured artist with the monumental flute concerto by living composer Christopher Rouse. This powerfully evocative composition in one not to be missed! The orchestra’s colors will sparkle in the brilliant orchestrations of Griffes and the fun-filled music of the Irish!

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Bring on Beethoven

Saturday, March 18, 2017
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

Dianna Anderson, Piano
Beethoven is back! Dianna Anderson is no stranger to Bismarck, but she makes her official BMSO debut with Beethoven’s elegant Piano Concerto No. 4. And in a nod to our recent PDQ Bach performance, the orchestra will hit a true home run with a performance of the full and famous Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony.

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Pictures and Prodigies

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017
7:30 PM Legacy High School

Young Artist Competition Winners
The Russian masters will take us to new heights as the BMSO shows off its musical prowess in the music of Mussorgsky and Rimsky Korsakov! The Young Artist Competition winners will be unveiled and this concert will send us into the summer with a bang!

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Winning Themes

Saturday, January 21, 2017
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

Movie Music Concert
Some of the greatest works of the 20th and 21st centuries are our film scores. This season’s cinema concert features those memorable tunes that not only won Oscars, but won a place in our hearts as we remember those great cinematic scenes.

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Grandeur of Dixieland Jazz

Friday, February 17, 2017
7:30 PM Sixteen03 Main Events Center

dixie-40The Doc Lindelow Memorial Dixieland Band under the direction of Dennis Gowen 
The Dixieland Returns to the Sixteen03 Main Event Center for another year of fun, food, cocktails and great music.

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Not included in season package

Visions of Freedom

Monday, July 4, 2016
7:30 PM Belle Mehus Auditorium

Brethren Quartet  
Join us for our annual July 4th Pops Spectacular featuring patriotic and Broadway favorites as sung by the Brethren Quartet. The fireworks and North Dakota landscape provide a stunning backdrop to the meaningful music that celebrates our country’s freedom.

LIVE from Medora!

Monday, August 22, 2016
7:30 PM Medora Amphitheater

Emily Walter and Phil Aaberg 
Join us Monday, August 22, for the BMSO’s performance in the famous Medora Amphitheater. Featuring artists Emily Walter and Philip Aaberg, our music will raise your spirits and be the perfect compliment to the beauty of the Western Dakota landscape! Tickets are on sale now at medora.com

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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 2016-2017 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.


The Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra Association (BMOA) has a current opening for an Executive Director. This position reports to the Board of Directors. The Executive Director oversees all operations and activities of our Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra. Must have outstanding organization and leadership abilities and excellent communication skills. A strong financial and accounting background is also preferred. Applicant will provide all necessary clerical and administrative input for maintaining financial records. Individual will be responsible for reporting to the BMOA Board of Directors and thoroughly committed to the BMOA’s mission. Multi-tasking skills are required to work with multiple concerts on a daily basis. For information about the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony and a copy of the Executive Directors job description, visit our website at www.bismarckmandansymphony.org. The BMOA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Salary: $35,000/ year with medical insurance (single individual only) and Simple IRA.

Job Location: Bismarck, ND

Required experience:

  • A minimum of a 2-year college degree or equivalent, preferably in business, marketing, management or organizational leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to oversee and collaborate with other team members
  • Ability to interface and engage diverse volunteers and donor groups
  • Skills to collaborate with and motivate Board members and other volunteer


  • Letter of application including why you are interested in the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony, resume and 4 references
  • Send applications to bmso@midconetwork.com

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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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