A statewide collaboration between Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, Conservation Minnesota and Explore Minnesota has selected 12 sites within the state to demonstrate how the Legacy Amendment passed in November 2008 has impacted its citizens.
Bemidji's Legacy Destination Weekend will begin Thursday, April 28 and conclude Sunday, May 1, with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra "Defiant Requiem" with the Bemidji Chorale, Bemidji State University Chorus and guest soloists.
Partnering with the state groups are Visit Bemidji, the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce, Bemidji Community Art Center, Beltrami County Historical Society, Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, city of Bemidji, Lake Bemidji State Park, Paul Bunyan Playhouse and Region 2 Arts Council. Representatives from each of these groups came together to plan the events scheduled for the upcoming legacy weekend.
Three events are planned for the first day:
E Conductor Murry Sidlin will speak about the upcoming performance of "The Defiant Requiem" at noon Thursday, April 28, at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 American Ave. N.W. Sidlin composed the piece on the true story of Rafael Schaechter who used a smuggled score of Verdi's "Requiem Mass" to hold 16 performances of this piece for fellow prisoners, guards and a Red Cross delegation in the Terezin concentration camp. This event is free and open to the public
E The Paul Bunyan Playhouse will hold its "Stars on Stage," a gala in celebration of its upcoming 61st Season at 5:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. "Stars on Stage," with catered food from local restaurants (cash bar), will showcase the 2011 Summer Season with Artistic Director Zach Curtis and a special program. The $20 tickets are on sale now by calling the box office at 741-7270. This event is underwritten by Higgins Heating, Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Inc. and a Legacy Grant from Region 2 Arts Council.
E "I Am Anne Frank," an awarding-winning musical drama written by Enid Futterman with music by Michael Cohen and directed by Ben Krywosz will have its opening performance at 7:30 p.m. on the Main Stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14 Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast. The production is being brought to Bemidji by the Nautilus Music-Theater under the sponsorship of the BSO. "I Am Anne Frank" is based on the diary of Anne Frank written during the time she and her family are hiding in an attic along with another family to escape capture by the Nazis. Anne's diary was discovered by her father at the end of World War II. It told the story of her youthful dreams and passions during a time of hatred and intolerance. The book is considered by many to be one of the preeminent memoirs of a young Jewish girl in the throes of the holocaust. It is set in Holland, one of the few countries that tried to save the Jewish people from total extermination in Europe. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students under 18 and are available now at Lueken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door.
Three events are planned for Friday, April 29:
E Geocaching 101 at 1 p.m. at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. A naturalist from Lake Bemidji State Park will offer this program. Geocaching is considered to be the fastest growing sport that can be enjoyed by people in all age groups. The program will introduce beginners to GPS units and how they work. It is open to everyone and GPS units will be available to use during the program.
For GPS enthusiasts, the "Bemidji 10 cache Legacy Weekend Challenge" will be held from Friday until May 1. Ten new "signature caches" will be placed to lead participants on a trail of recreation adventure around town. Included in the "Bemidji 10" are Cache In/Trash Out (CI/TO) caches and a Breakfast Buddies at the Cabin Coffeehouse on Saturday. Additional area geocaching opportunities are the Beltrami History Puzzle Trail, Lake Bemidji State Park Wildlife Safari and Geo-Trekking Trailing and over 200 registered caches within a 20-mile radius of Bemidji.
E "I Am Anne Frank" at 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.
E Tim Sparks, award-winning guitarist, will be on stage at the Historic Chief Theatre. Sparks has won recognition from his fellow musicians for his blending of musical genre: traditional, blue grass, jazz, gospel and classical. Tickets are $12 in advance at the Chief box office and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. The night of performance, tickets will be sold at the door. This activity is funded in part by a Legacy grant from the Minnesota Arts Board.
These events are planned for Saturday, April 30:
E Breakfast Buddies at 9 a.m., at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third St. N.W. is a geocaching event.
E Geocaching 101 at 10 a.m. at the Tourist Information Center is a repeat of the same program held on Friday, April 29.
E The Beltrami County Historical Society Antique Fair and Flea Market from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Commons, 2900 Division St. W. A fundraising event for the entire family will feature more than 40 vendors. General admission is $1. For more information, call 444-3376.
E Ice Out Ice Cream Social at the Waterfront Rotary Pavilion, 300 Bemidji Ave. The Headwaters Science Center, Bogs and Logs Chapter of Minnesota Master Naturalists and the Lake Bemidji State Park are hosting this event where volunteers gather lake ice as it is going out and use it to freeze a variety of secret ice cream recipes. Participants may take their turn at cranking the ice cream makers and enjoy the results until 1 p.m. or until all the ice cream is consumed.
E "Creating Nonfiction: Telling Truths Artfully" will be held from 1-4 p.m., at the Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., non-fiction workshop with Mark Christensen, poet and non-fiction writer. Christensen will work with participants at all stages of writing development interested in improving their creative non-fiction skills. Advanced registration is required and the fee is $35 per person, $20 for students. Contact Lori or Cindy at the Center, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 444-7570. Space is limited so early registration is advised.
E Spoken Word Series with Mark Christensen at 4 p.m. at BCAC. A professor of English at BSU, Christensen has published a collection of poetry, "Faith in Ice Time" and a text book, "The Familiar Essay" and many other published works and he was a regular contributor to the Bemidji Pioneer for several years. His reading is free and open to the public.
E "I Am Anne Frank" at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.
The final event of the Destination Weekend will be the "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin" at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 1, at the Bemidji High School auditorium, 2900 Division St. W. The performance is a collaborative effort of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Chorale and the BSU Chorus with vocal soloists Carrie Mineck, Janet Hopkins, Nathan Carlisle and Michael Mayes. Guest Conductor Murry Sidlin created this multi-media presentation from the story of Rafael Schaechter, a prisoner at Terezin (Theresienstadt) Concentration Camp where the majority of Czech Jews perished. Using a smuggled copy of Verdi's "Requiem," Conductor Schaechter led his choir, comprised of fellow inmates, in a protest by saying, "We will sing to the Nazis what we cannot say to them." His leadership and concerts have come to symbolize resistance and defiance for it answered the worse of mankind with the best of mankind. This powerful musical presentation will also show footage from the original Nazi propaganda film on Theresienstadt and actors from Theater B of Fargo will speak the words of Schaechter and other prisoners.
After the conclusion of the concert, Clay Jenkinson will moderate a panel with Sidlin, Beverly Everett and selected members of the production for those who wish to hear more about this project.
Pre-performance tickets are on sale now at Leuken's Village Foods North and Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors. Children 18 years and younger will be admitted free, and Minnesota Public Radio Members receive a $2 discount. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door.
This performance is made possible by a gift from the Nielson Foundation, the Region 2 Arts Council and in partnership with Minnesota Public Radio.