The 2013 Concordia College Christmas Concert will move to the Fargo Civic Center and be held one week later than originally scheduled.
The Concordia College Christmas Concert will move to the Fargo Civic Center this year because of weather-related uncertainties that could temporarily close Memorial Auditorium on campus. The concerts will take place Dec. 13, 14 and 15, a week later than previously scheduled.
Memorial Auditorium is undergoing a structural engineering analysis to study challenges with uneven snow loads on the roof. The building is safe, but the college is seeking comprehensive data to develop a long-term response for the challenge.
The ongoing study, which could take several months, will require the facility to be closed for periods of time. Weather also could also cause temporary closings.
Memorial Auditorium was completed in fall 1952 and is the home to numerous athletic, music, educational and community events.
“It is a multipurpose venue that has served this college and community well in the past and will continue to be an event venue well into the future,” said Linda Brown, vice president of Finance and treasurer, at a news conference Oct. 31. “The building is a safe, well-cared for and well-maintained building.”
General admission tickets for the concerts in Fargo will go on sale at 9 a.m. Nov. 5 at the Memorial Auditorium Box Office on campus and online at ConcordiaChristmas.com. The Minneapolis concerts will take place Dec. 12 at Orchestra Hall as scheduled.
“We are eager to carry on the tradition this December," said Dr. Tim Wollenzien, director of cultural events and music organizations. “We are excited to partner with the Fargo Civic Center as we share this year’s musical gift with the community.”
Other Memorial Auditorium Events
The Nov. 17 PRISM concert will be held, as scheduled, in Memorial Auditorium. Alternative schedules and venues for other music and cultural events are in process.
Athletic events scheduled in Memorial Auditorium will proceed as planned. If there are snow concerns, games will be moved or postponed.
“We are fortunate to have such good partnerships with our neighboring universities and with the teams within our conference,” says Athletic Director Rich Glas. “We always take competition one game at a time, so we’re prepared for this.”
Game schedules will be updated on the college’s athletic website. Fans should check the website on game day for venue information. Music and cultural event updates will be shared on the music website.