The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra opens its 2020-21 season with a performance beginning at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Masonic Center.

Because of social distancing recommendations in effect due the pandemic, instead of the full orchestra, a string chamber ensemble of 17 musicians will perform. The interior space in the Masonic Center allows the musicians and audience members to maintain a safe distance apart, said Tamara Bertram, GGFSCO executive director.

The group will present music composed specifically for chamber orchestra by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, Bertram, said. The works are Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 3,” with soloist Nariaki Sugiura, piano, and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings.” Sugiura is an associate professor of music at UND.

The theme for this season is “Jewels of the Russian Crown.” The symphony is under the direction of Alejandro Drago, associate professor of music at UND.

Tickets for Sunday’s concert are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for students and military, and $5 for children 15 and younger and music students. Concert attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance online at

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The Masonic Center is at 423 Bruce Ave.

The performance also will be live-streamed.

For more information, call Bertram at (701) 620-9043.