MSO’s ‘Russian Spectacular’ features Bax

The Minot Symphony Orchestra presents its “Russian Spectacular” concert Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall at Minot State University.

A press release for the event encourages the audience to “revel in the emotive masterworks of Russian composers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov and Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Let yourself be carried away by the fantastically folkloric dances of Rimsky-Korsakov’s suite from the operatic ballet ‘Mlada.’ Watch in awe as solo pianist Alessio Bax takes on Tchaikovsky’s iconic ‘Piano Concerto no. 1 in Bb minor, Op. 23,’ with a deftness that Time Out New York described as ‘ravaging the keyboard, remolding the ivories into sonic sculptures that light up an auditorium.'”

From the vast and lyrical landscapes of Russia, the orchestra will transport you to the streets of 16th century Rome, as imagined by French composer Hector Berlioz in his “Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9,” and whisk the entire audience back to the present with Grammy Award-winning modern composer Eric Whitacre’s “Equus,” according to the release.

This is also Military Appreciation Night. Military members can purchase one adult ticket for the concert and receive a second ticket free with valid military ID.

Tickets start at $20 for adults and $5 for children, and can be purchased online at ( or by calling 858-4228.

Erik Anderson will also be presenting a pre-concert lecture starting at 6:30 the night of the concert which is free with ticket.

Also, the Minot Symphony Orchestra will host “Lunch with the Maestro” before the concert on Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Grand Hotel. Music, lunch and commentary will be provided by Seaton on the evening’s performance.

The orchestra will close out the 2013-2014 season on April 26 with the MSO Pops concert, featuring an “Evening at the Movies with MSO,” as the orchestra brings to life the sounds of the silver screen through some of the greatest movie themes of the past several decades.