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Northern Valley Youth Orchestras present season-opening concert at Fritz Auditorium

With the theme "Fall Kaleidoscope," the performance begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14 at Chester Fritz Auditorium at UND

Members of the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras, who represent some 20 schools in the region, progress as musicians through exposure to challenging symphonic technique and performance opportunities. (Contributed photo)
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Members of the Northern Valley Youth Orchestras are presenting their first performance of the season, titled “Fall Kaleidoscope,” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus.

Tickets are available at the door. A minimum donation of $5 is suggested, but guests are invited to pay whatever they can, said Naomi Welsh, NVYO executive director. Masks are required in the venue.

This concert marks the NVYO’s first public full-orchestra concert since March 2020, Welsh said.

The Philharmonic and Symphony orchestras will perform a variety of symphonic music, including dances, marches, and familiar and lesser-known masterpieces.

In keeping with the “kaleidoscope” theme, a welcome banner representing 26 languages spoken by NVYO students, coaches, conductors and community arts supporters will greet the audience, Welsh said. Staff members of HB Sound and Light will provide lighting effects and record the performance for later viewing.


The program includes Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s “The Bamboula,” Amy Beach’s “Bal Masque’” (“Masquerade Ball”), Jaime Texidor’s Spanish march “Amparito Roca,” and well-known melodies from Dukas’ “Sorcerer’s Apprentice” and “Jupiter,” from Holst’s “The Planets.”

Variations on an Irish tune, “The Minstrel Boy,” by Daniel Breedon, Concordia College music professor, and an overture by Baroque composer Georg Telemann are also on the program.

Members of the NVYO Philharmonic Orchestra, led by Kara Hartten, and the Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kevin Sutterlin and assistant conductor Cody Hunter, are string, wind, brass and percussion student-musicians from more than a dozen regional communities. Those communities include Grand Forks, Grand Forks Air Force Base, Thompson, Northwood Cummings, Emerado, Minto, Forest River, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Warren, Plummer, Fertile, Crookston and Lake Bronson, Minnesota.

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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