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The eighth annual “Symphonic Rock Returns” benefit concert will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, in the auditorium at Anoka High School, 3939 N. Seventh Ave., Anoka. Funds from the event will go to help students and families in need at the school.

Tickets are now on sale for the eighth annual “Symphonic Rock Returns” benefit concert, which will be at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29, and Saturday, March 30, in the auditorium at Anoka High School, 3939 N. Seventh Ave., Anoka.

“Symphonic Rock Returns” is a classic rock program that has entertained audiences since 2011. This year the band Staff Infection and the Anoka Concert Choir and Orchestra will perform, creating a blend of rock, symphony orchestra and chorus music.

“We’re very excited to reunite our rock band Staff Infection with all its regular members to join the Anoka Concert Choir and Orchestra for an evening of some of the greatest classic rock tunes of all time,” said Anoka Choir Director Michelle Hayes. “We have been so pleased with how the community has embraced this concert and felt it was time to bring it back one more time.”

The main mission of “Symphonic Rock Returns” is to help Anoka High School students and families in need. Since 2011, the concert has raised more than $230,000 through ticket sales and donations. All proceeds go directly to the Anoka High School Caring and Sharing Fund, and are then distributed to students and families in need at the school.

“We’re so happy to get back on Anoka’s stage with students who have never had the chance to do this concert,” said conductor and arranger Mike Halstenson. “I can’t wait to play for people who have never experienced ‘Symphonic Rock’ and of course to see the incredible number of people in our community who will return with us.”

Tickets for “Symphonic Rock Returns” are $15 and can be purchased at anokasymphonicrockreturns.com.

“If you’re new to ‘Symphonic Rock’ you will receive an overload of the senses with laser lights, fog and everything you would expect from a rock concert,” Hayes said. “It will be loud and exciting. Tickets will go fast, so you don’t want to wait.”

paige.kieffer@ecm-inc.com

 

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