The Northern Valley Youth Orchestras will perform Sunday, March 14, at the Alerus Center, in a recorded format. The performance will be available for public viewing and listening at a later date.

Because of the pandemic, the organization is unable to present an in-person concert for the public, but will record the physically-distanced music students playing in an Alerus ballroom, Naomi Welsh, executive director, said in a news release.

The performance will feature the NVYO Symphony and Philharmonic orchestras, which will perform old and new symphonic masterpieces, Welsh said.

Centered on the theme for the NVYO’s 10th season, “Innovate,” the program reflects works by historically underrepresented composers that “celebrate the diversity of heritage our students, staff and coaches all bring to the classical music experience,” Welsh said.

The NVYO Symphony will perform the world premieres of “Eritaj,” or “Heritage” in Haitian Creole, by Christopher Ducasse, and “Innovate: Draft 8,” by local composer Callie Stadem. Students have been rehearsing since January, and have had the opportunity to talk with the composers who wrote the two world premieres, Welsh said.

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The Symphony, conducted by Kevin Sutterlin, assisted by Cody Hunter, will also perform “Overture to the Merry Wives of Windsor,” by Otto Nicolai.

The Philharmonic Orchestra will perform Florence Price’s “The Old Boatman”; arrangements of “Slavonic Dance No. 8,” by Antonin Dvorak; and “Rhapsody in Blue,” by George Gershwin.

Both orchestras consist of string, wind, brass and percussion student musicians from area communities.

Sunday’s performance, recorded by HB Sound and Light, will be available free to watch on the NVYO Facebook and Youtube channels. Free will donations are appreciated, Welch said.

For more information, contact Welsh at or 701-213-0310.