ABERDEEN, S.D. – The Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony invites you to a concert inspired by music of Scandinavia at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 4 at Northern State University’s Johnson Fine Arts Center Jewett Theater. Additionally, a pre-concert conversation is scheduled for 6:45-7:15 p.m. in JFAC Berggren Recital Hall.

Dr. Christopher Stanichar, director of the AUCS, will lead the orchestra. The concert, entitled “Northern Notes” features two monumental works of the classical world from Nordic countries. The first work on the program is one of the most stirring symphonies ever written: Jean Sibelius’ Symphony No. 2. It begins with warm strings and dramatic woodwind scales. The music captures the mood and essence of Sibelius’ homeland of Finland. Full of bright brass fanfares and loud interruptions from the timpani, this piece has drama and incredible, beautiful moments. Almost like climbing the apex of a glacier mountain, the end of this symphony has rich harmonies and unforgettable melodies that will make you want to cheer.  

The other piece on this program is Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto. AUCS will be joined by one of Norway’s most talented and rising stars: Oda Hjertine Voltersvik. She has performed at major venues across the world including Carnegie Hall and Scandinavia House (NYC), and now at Northern’s Jewett Auditorium. AUCS is excited to have her join the orchestra for this unforgettable performance.

Celebrating its 104th season, AUCS is the oldest continuous orchestra in South Dakota, attracting musicians from Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and the surrounding area. Stanichar, assistant professor of music at Northern, is the 17th conductor of the orchestra.

Ticket Information

All tickets to the Aberdeen University-Civic Symphony are general admission and will be available at the door. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and NSU faculty/staff. Students will be admitted for free. Payment will be cash or check only; debit or credit cards will not be accepted. There will be no advance or online ticket sales.

For more information, contact the NSU School of Fine Arts at 605-626-2497. To learn more about the orchestra, visit the AUCS webpage.