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Bemidji Symphony Orchestra opens new season Sunday

The start of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's 72nd Season will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 10, in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Under the direction of Maestro Beverly Everett, the theme of this year's concert series is musical testaments.

"Testament of Spirit," the first of the series, will be the world premiere of Joseph Adams' "Soul Discovery," a piece rooted in his experience as a spectator to the chaos and shock of Sept. 11, 2001, while a student at New York University.

Adams, at that time an undergraduate student at NYU, located less than three miles from the World Trade Center, shares the feelings that have left a permanent mark on his life.

"Soul Discovery," which was used as his graduate thesis composition, explores the traumatic events of the day in melodies and textures given to hopelessness and chaos to the majesty and grandeur of the triumph of the human spirit.

It will be the third original composition by the Minnesota native to be premiered by the BSO.

The second offering in the program will be lead by guest conductor Norman Gamboa, Edvard Grieg's Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, op. 46.

Gamboa is the Artistic Advisor of the Collegium Musicum in Santiago, Chile, and is a guest conductor throughout the Americas. The suite by Grieg, "In the Hall of the Mountain King," is familiar to audiences because it is repeatedly used in commercials, background music for television shows and Harry Potter movies.

Stephen Carlson was invited back to perform with the BSO after his appearance last season playing Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1.

A member of the Bemidji State University Music Department piano faculty since 2006, Carlson has played as a soloist and chamber musician at many venues throughout much of the U.S. and Canada. He will make his European debut next summer in Finland as a solo recitalist and chamber musician.

For this concert, he will perform the familiar "Emperor Concerto" by Ludwig van Beethoven, which will be played after intermission as the last piece on the program. The piece lasts almost 40 minutes, and there is no break between the second and final movements. Beethoven is not known to have performed the piece himself, because of the decline in his performance career due to increasing deafness. It is his final concerto, a piece that is composed for orchestra and solo musician.

The doors will open at 2:30 p.m. with a concert start at 3 p.m. Season memberships will be available on the day of the concert as well as in advance by visiting the BSO website for information, Ticket prices are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors and college students. Children and students through grade 12 are admitted free. Advance ticket purchase is available now at Lueken's Village Food North and also at the door the day of performance.