Students participate in Minot Symphony Orchestra
The Minot Symphony Orchestra, a university and community orchestra, kicked off its season earlier this month with the show “Forever Love.” It featured two pieces that were based off the classic story of Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, along with others.
Nikisa Gentry, a junior at Minot State University, is a violinist in the symphony.
“The story is really good and one that a lot of people already know and can connect to,” she said about “Forever Love.”
MSO provides an abundance of opportunity and learning experience for MSU students. They have the opportunity to play amazing pieces of music with great musicians, including fellow students, community members, and even their professors.
“My favorite part is getting to hear my professors play, especially when there are solos and things like that. Getting to hear how well they do that,” Gentry said.
William Schilling, another MSU student and violinist in the symphony, agrees that participating is full of unique opportunities. He enjoys playing and studying great pieces of music.
“Our current director, Efrain Amaya, is a very successful composer, and he often has us play some of his own compositions,” Schilling said. “I don’t know many other symphonies that get to play living composer's works under the living composer.”
Gentry said going to see the symphony is a great learning experience for students, even if they are not particularly interested in classical music. The symphony brings this music to life by journeying through the story with the musicians.
“Right now, as students, we have a unique opportunity to take in a lot of things and a lot of music. Even if you don’t go and have a revelation, you will get something out of it,” Gentry said.
The symphony’s next show, “Love and War: The Human Condition,” takes place Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Ann Nicole Nelson Hall and will commemorate Veterans Day. Pieces such as “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever” will be featured, along with a number of other familiar compositions.
MSU students, faculty, and staff may get discounted tickets at the door on the night of the performance with a current MSU ID.
For more information about this show, as well as upcoming shows throughout the year, visit minotsymphony.com.