Staff Infection is contagious.
With hearts bursting with a desire to help students in need and with music dancing off the page, Mike Halstenson and his fellow Anoka High School Staff Infection musicians have added a Saturday matinee to its Symphonic Rock concert schedule.
The April 4 and 5 evening concerts sold out so quickly, and with the demand for tickets still so strong, conductor/pianist/arranger Halstenson added a 1:30 p.m. April 5 matinee concert to the mix.
“The community response has been remarkable. For many … Symphonic Rock has become an icon that means great music, great cause, great night and great fun,” Halstenson said.
Symphonic Rock – a concert that explodes with the sounds of classic rock from the ‘60s – benefits the high school’s Caring and Sharing Fund, a fund created to help students and families in need.
“We see so many kids that cannot lead a normal high school life because of hardships at home,” Halstenson said. “If we can help in small ways by helping with a warm coat, new shoes, activity fees, or even groceries, we see a huge difference in how a kid can function in school. The fund has been extremely successful and we’re very proud of what it has accomplished.”
That fund is established in part due to ticket sales for Symphonic Rock, a concert created when the high school staff’s rock band (called Staff Infection) blends its sound with the concert choir, full symphony orchestra, and guest musicians. Laser lights, fog and a “huge sound system” add to the rock star performance, said Halstenson.
Tickets are $10, and all ticket prices and donations go to the Caring and Sharing Fund. To date, more than $75,000 has been raised, said Halstenson.
Symphonic Rock tickets can by reserved by calling 763-506-6330 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets can also be purchased in person 3-6 p.m. Thursday afternoons at the ticket office (located in the choir portable on the west end of the high school building, behind the field house).
Anoka High School is located at 3939 Seventh Ave. N, Anoka.
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