80 years of music
In 1931, when the FM Symphony first started you could buy a new house for $6,500, gas cost 10 cents a gallon and a new car cost $600. A lot has changed during the past 80 years, but one thing that has remained consistent has been the FM Symphony trying to bring Fargo-Moorhead the best possible music.
According to executive director, Linda Boyd Coates, the FM Symphony is marking its 80th season with some big changes and plans for the future. Music Director, Bernard Rubenstein, has been the director of the symphony for the last nine years but is stepping down at the end of this season. According to Coates, Rubenstein has organized the concerts this season to showcase the talent of the symphony and show-off how far the symphony has come under his direction.
With the retirement of Rubenstein comes the search for a new music director. The FM Symphony received hundreds of applications from across the world and has narrowed it down the selection to five candidates. Next season, there will be five concerts; a different director will direct each concert, creating as Coates described, “A kind of American Idol audition process.” From there, a committee will select the next director.
The symphony is a full orchestra with approximately 75 musicians from throughout the community. Another tradition of the FM Symphony is the “Young Artist Solo Competition.” Every year they find a local high school musician to spotlight during a concert with a solo. This year, Jenny Sun from Fargo South will be highlighted during the March 17 and 18 concerts.
Tickets for the FM Symphony can be purchased by going www.fmsymphony.org or by calling the box office at 218-233-8397.
FM Symphony for beginners
A lot of people are scared to go to their first symphony, but have no fear because FM Spotlight is here to help. Follow these tips, and you’ll appear to be a FM Symphony patron.
• 45 minutes before the concert starts the music director will give a lecture on what to expect from the concert and what to listen for. These talks are very beneficial for people who have never been to the symphony before.
• The Wednesday before every concert there is a party at Studio 222. This group event, Urban Overtures, offers free wine and hors d’oeuvres. There will also be a lecture about what to expect, when to applaud and much more.
• Dress at the FM Symphony ranges from tuxedos to blue jeans. Dress up for a night out or wear what you wore to work. It’s up to you.
• Don’t be intimidated. Remember you’re there to enjoy great music!