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ABOUT THE SYMPHONY

Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything. 

Plato

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra (GGFSO) is a community orchestra based in Grand Forks, North Dakota which began performing in 1908.  GGFSO is only one in a handful of American orchestras older than 100 years.  The Symphony features local and regional musicians in performances of classical and modern symphony music.

The mission of the GGFSO puts excellence on stage to improve lives in Grand Forks and the surrounding region.  The intention of the Symphony is to excite, educate, and inspire audiences with the highest quality performances of the most beautiful music.

In the Spotlight

Zephaniah Pearlstein, a passionate chamber musician and orchestral cellist, joined the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra in the Fall of 2017. He can also be found performing in many local orchestras such as the Devil’s Lake Community Orchestra, the UND Community Orchestra, the NVYO Symphony Orchestra, the UND Chamber Orchestra, and the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. He has played in masterclasses led by such notable cellists as Amit Peled and Nazar Dzhuryn, as well as in masterclasses with prestigious chamber groups such as the Chiara String Quartet, Beo, and the Ying Quartet. Recent chamber music highlights include Dvorak’s Quintet in E-flat Major and Gliere’s String Octet, Op. 5. His passion for music extends back to the age of 12 when he learned to play the cello in a youth orchestra under the tutelage of Mrs. Love. In 2013, he continued training under the UND graduate cellist Fernando Vargas and soon after began studying under the world renowned cellist Dr. Simona Barbu. He is currently pursuing a Cello Performance degree at the University of North Dakota and is a member of the UND String Quartet.