Symphonic Rock performers are gearing up for a razzle-dazzle, electrifying concert April 5 and 6 at Anoka High School.
This is the third year of the show which has grown into a mega-concert annual tradition, complete with laser lights, fog machines, amplified music and more.
This year about 130 performers will take the stage to entertain the masses in an all new show. But mum’s the word on a play list. Organizers like to keep the classic rock tunes a surprise for their audiences.
“There’s nothing subtle about Symphonic Rock,” said Mike Halstenson, keyboard player and arranger, and concert organizer. “It’s loud and fun with people singing and cheering.”
Among performers are the high school’s concert choir and orchestra, special guest singers and musicians Michelle Hayes; Dennis Carlson, superintendent of Anoka-Hennepin School District; Patrick Plant; and John Hoffman, former school board member, now state legislator.
The popular Staff Infection Band returns for an encore performance. Each band member, in some way is connected with the Anoka-Hennepin School District. Band members are: singer/guitarists Pat Coffee and Scott Birklid, singer/trumpeter John Lace. Backing them are bassist Stacy Griffin, drummers Roger Hoffmeister and Jeff Geisler, saxophonist Rich Goldman, trumpeter Mike Park, with Halstenson on keyboards. Halstenson also arranges the pieces the band, orchestra and choir will perform.
Guitarist Carlson can’t wait for the show dates to arrive.
“I don’t know of a single event that I have been involved with as superintendent that has brought so much joy to so many people,” said Carlson.
Proceeds collected from the event go to Anoka High School’s Caring and Sharing Fund, which helps out students and families in need.
The funds might go toward paying for a field trip that a student might otherwise not be able to afford or for a sports fee. Or they could pay for a warm coat or groceries for a week. Funds are distributed on the recommendation of administrators, counselors and teachers.
This year Symphonic Rock III will be performed on Friday and Saturday nights.
“This wonderful annual family event has helped hundreds of Anoka High School and Anoka community families over the past few years during times of need,” said Mike Farley, Anoka High School principal.
Symphonic Rock not only raises funds for students in need, “it also promotes excitement and pride in our school and our surrounding community,” trumpeter Lace said.
Anoka High School presents Symphonic Rock 3, April 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m. Reserved seats are sold out. Tickets for $10 general seating are still available. Those seats are limited to 90 to 100 a night. Doors open for admission at 6:30 p.m. Anoka High School auditorium is located at 3939 Seventh Ave. N. For tickets, email www.symphonicrock3.org or call the Symphonic Rock 3 Hotline at 763-506-6330.
Elyse Kaner is at [email protected]