Upcoming Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra features a unique performance

A violin concerto that has only been performed a handful of times is a big part of the concert.

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The Festival Concert Hall at North Dakota State University, where the concert will be held. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday Jan. 28 and on 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29.
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FARGO — The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra is holding its third concert of the season this weekend at North Dakota State University's Festival Concert Hall Jan. 28 and 29.

The first piece is Blue Cathedral by Jennifer Higdon. It will feature a side-by-side performance with the Fargo-Moorhead Area Senior High Youth Symphony, which is a pairing they do once per season.

The second piece in the concert is a violin concerto written by Jaakko Kuusisto, a Finnish violinist who passed away in February of 2022. The concert as a whole is dedicated to him.

The Symphony's music director Christopher Zimmerman says audience members will be among the select few who have heard it performed live.

"The piece has only been played, maybe three or four times in the world," Zimmerman said. "It's had a premiere in this country once. This is clearly a premiere in this state."


The soloist for the piece is Dr. Sonja Bosca-Harasim, an associate professor of violin at Concordia College. Zimmerman says her presence adds much to the performance.

"She is a incredible violinist, both as an orchestra musician and simply as a soloist and a chamber musician. I mean, she's got the whole packages. We're so lucky to have her," Zimmerman said.

Performances are at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the FM Symphony's website .

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