Maestro Update

Thanks to everyone who voted in the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra’s "Make Me A Maestro" contest. We were lucky enough to come out ahead against some formidable competition from Ginny Bollman and Ryan Bakken. The best news is that we raised something like five thousand bucks for the symphony in a little under a month.

Hope you’ll join us for the "Spooky Nights" concerts Saturday and/or Sunday at the Empire Arts Center in Grand Forks. And, again, thanks for your vote and your support of the GGFSO.

The following news release is from the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra:

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra is pleased to announce the
winner of its first Make-Me-a-Maestro fundraising campaign.  The
winner is Terry Dullum, anchor of WDAZ News.  In addition to Dullum,
the other contestants were Ginny Bollman, retired Grand Forks educator
and Ryan Bakken, reporter/columnist with the Grand Forks
During the spirited campaign that was launched at the Symphony’s October
concert, contestants vied for votes (in the form of cash donations) for
members of the community.  The public was encouraged to “vote early
and vote often.”  The GGFSO, which is celebrating its 99th season,
will use the proceeds from the fundraiser to further its artistic and
educational mission. 
The winner will appear with the Grand Forks Symphony this weekend at its
Spooky Nights concerts (Saturday, 7:30 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm at the
Empire Arts Center).  In addition to Mr. Dullum’s selection, which
will be chosen in consultation with GGFSO conductor James Hannon, the
concert will feature East Grand Forks native Nick Hagen performing the
Arrows of Time for trombone and orchestra.  The 2007-08 Youth
Artist Competition winner, Kayla Johnson from Casselton, ND will perform
the Ballade by Frank Martin.   In the spirit of
Halloween, the orchestra will perform the spooky and maniacal
Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz. 
Terry Dullum, who will receive conducting lessons from Maestro Hannon
this week, debuts with the GGFSO this weekend.