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Saturday, April 21 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, April 22 at 2:00 pm
NDSU Festival Concert Hall, Fargo
(Pre-concert “Informance” talks at 7:15 pm Saturday and 1:15 pm Sunday in adjoining Beckwith Recital Hall)
Tickets: Adult  $31.25 - $35.00;  Student $15.00 - $18.25
Tickets available at www.fmsymphony.org, by phone at 701-478-FMSO (3676), or at the door

Join the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra as they bid Music Director Bernard Rubenstein a final fond farewell as he leads the orchestra in a performance of two spectacular works: Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy and Mahler’s Symphony No. 1, known as the Titan Symphony.  The Choral Fantasy, a musical precursor to Beethoven’s glorious Ninth Symphony, will feature a 150-voice chorus under the direction of Dr. JoAnn Miller, pianist Jay Hershberger, and vocal soloists Virginia Sublett, Lucy Thrasher, Linda Boyd Coates, David Hamilton, Peter Halverson, and Robert Jones.  Mahler’s massive Titan Symphony is packed with extraordinary music, from folk songs and dances, to klezmer-band orchestral colors, to the “raging intensity” and ultimate jubilant triumph of the final movement.  After the concert, the audience is invited to join Maestro Rubenstein, FMSO musicians and board members in the lobby for an informal reception hosted by Gate City Bank, the sponsor of the symphony’s Grand Finale concert of the 2011-12 season.  

Maestro Bernard (“Bernie”) Rubenstein has been the Music Director and principal conductor of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra since 2002. During his nine-year tenure, his stated goal was to improve the artistic quality of the orchestra. He notes, “I promised to bring the FMSO to a new level of artistry so that the orchestra would be able to perform major repertoire at the highest level. I believe we have met this goal.” The music he chose to perform during his final season reflected that accomplishment. “I’ve programmed a wide range of my very favorite music for this, my final season as Music Director – music by Beethoven, Debussy, Shostakovich, Chopin, Britten, Copland, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Ravel, Mahler, Bartok and Haydn.” The particular pieces he chose are some of the most difficult in the orchestral repertoire and, throughout this season, have shown off the orchestra’s accomplishments. As Principal Flutist Debora Harris said, “It’s fun to look back over the years Bernie has been here to see how the difficulty level of the repertoire has risen.  Bernie has taken the artistic level of the orchestra up a huge step. Now we can perform high-level major orchestral repertoire - pieces I never imagined I would have the opportunity to perform in the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony!” 

The Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra is currently in the midst of a search for its next conductor. Out of 140 applications received from conductors throughout the United States and Europe, five finalists were selected. These finalists will each conduct a Masterworks concert during the 2012-13 season, after which the new Music Director will be chosen and introduced to the community.   


Bernard Rubenstein, Music Director of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony, has held many important conducting posts, including Music Director of the Tulsa Philharmonic. Rubenstein was also Associate Conductor of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and has guest conducted orchestras and operas in Chicago, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, St. Paul, Austin, and Los Angeles, in addition to appearances in Canada, Central America, Mexico, Europe and Asia.  In 2011 Rubenstein returned to Cuba to conduct the Camerata Romeu, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Havana and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Oriente in Santiago de Cuba, his eighth conducting visit to that country. Rubenstein has conducted repeat performances of the Grammy nominated CD, The Five Seasons, with clarinetist Eddie Daniels and the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; with the Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus; the New Mexico Symphony in Albuquerque; and the Strings in the Mountains Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Other recent performances include concerts with the Cosmopolitan Symphony Orchestra at New York's Town Hall in a program including the world premiere of the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Cuban composer, Jorge Marín.  The Santa Fe Opera re-engaged Rubenstein as Music Director for the The Beggar’s Opera, following his conducting of their highly successful production of Benjamin Britten’s opera, Noah’s Flood. Chosen by the United States State Department as a cultural specialist, Rubenstein guest conducted the Mongolian National Opera during January and February 2000 in the first all-Asian performances of George Gershwin’s opera, Porgy and Bess. Rubenstein was also Music Director of the San Juan Symphony, an outstanding regional ensemble that performed in two cities in adjacent States: Durango, Colorado and Farmington, New Mexico.  Recent opera performances include Puccini’s La Boheme with Teatro Lírico of Holguin, Cuba; performances of La Boheme with the Emerald City Opera in Steamboat Springs, Colorado; and performances of Madama Butterfly and The Magic Flute with the Fargo-Moorhead Opera. He has also conducted for the Metropolitan Classical Ballet in Texas, performing with both the Fort Worth Symphony and the San Antonio Symphony.  

Rubenstein’s other recent guest engagements include a return to Germany for concerts with the Bamberg Chamber Orchestra; return engagements with the Monterey Symphony in California, the Tulsa Philharmonic and the Santa Fe Symphony; performances with the Reno Philharmonic (NV); the Austin Symphony (TX); concerts and recording with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; the Symphony Orchestra of Bilbao, Spain; the Hamilton Philharmonic in Canada; the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall; the Anchorage Symphony in Alaska; the National Symphonies of Costa Rica and Puerto Rico; the Breckenridge Chamber Orchestra in Colorado; the Santa Barbara Symphony with renowned pianist Alicia de Larrocha; the Eastman Opera Theater in performances of Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte; and the League of Composers - ISCM “Then and Now” series at Lincoln Center in New York City.   A Fulbright award and Martha Baird Rockefeller grant took Rubenstein to Europe where he conducted for the Frankfurt Opera, the Warsaw Philharmonic, the Vienna Tonkünstler Orchestra, the Jerusalem Symphony, and the radio orchestras of Austria, Berlin, Frankfurt and Cologne. After receiving recognition as a prize winner in the international conducting competition “Serate Musicale Fiorentino” in Florence, Italy, Rubenstein was chosen as a conductor with the Stuttgart Opera.  Rubenstein graduated with distinction from the Eastman School of Music and received his Master’s degree from Yale University School of Music. Among his teachers are the eminent conductors Max Rudolf, Rafael Kubelik, William Steinberg, Franco Ferrara, Michael Gielen, and Pierre Boulez.  Bernie and his wife Ann make their home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

Linda Boyd Coates, Executive Director
Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra 
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