Patt Rall Arts Column for Nov. 12: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra to feature Tchaikovsky masterpiece
"Triumphant Tchaikovsky," the second concert of the 2009-2010 Bemidji Symphony Orchestra season, will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Conductor Beverly Everett chose for her program a piece by a modern Soviet composer, Dmitry Kabalevsky, an overture of Colas Breugnon, "Master of Clamecy" and a choral prelude, "Wachet Auf" by Johann Sebastian Bach. The second part of the concert will feature a premiere of "Efflorescence," a vibrant work influenced by late Romantic/early 20th century, impressionist and minimalist music. The work employs broad, sweeping melodies, interesting textures and repetitive rhythmic figures. Originally composed for a chamber orchestra, Everett requested a re-orchestration for the BSO. The composer is Joseph Adams who is at the McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul where he teaches orchestrations and music theory. Guest artist Stephen Carlson will play the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, opus 23 for the finale piece. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for students and seniors and Bemidji School District children will be admitted free. Tickets may be purchased now at Lueken's Village Foods North or at the door the day of performance.
Theater & film
"A Dark Night of Theater and Film," a production of KG Entertainment will open at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 14, 15, 20 and 21, at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W. The first act will be a live performance of Edward Albee's play "The Zoo Story," with Norwood Hall and Mike Bredon directed by Greg Gasman. The play is a dialogue between two men, one a publishing executive and the other a seedy, aggressive loner. The second act will center on the work of local authors and producers Jeremiah Liend, Mike Bredon, Reed Olson, Shyler Gasman and Greg Gasman. Their work will be six short, three-minute films. Tickets are $6 and are available now at Harmony Food Coop or The Wild Hare Bistro and at the door. Please note that this production is intended for mature audiences.
"The Real Laura: Where History and Literature Meet" will be portrayed by Alison Edgerton. Dressed in period costume, Edgerton will give a program on Laura Ingalls Wilder from 1-2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Blackduck Library, 72 First Street S.E. The program is intended for students grades four and up and their parents. Refreshments will be served, and there is no admission fee.
Lorna Landvik, Minnesota author and stand-up comedienne will present a program at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 3 at the Blackduck Golf Course Club House. Landvik the author of "Tall Pines Polka," "Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bon's" and "Patty Jone's House of Curl" will give a program about her work. Free tickets for the event may be picked up at the Blackduck Library or call 218-835-6600 for more information.
Sara Wabrowetz will hold her senior recital at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in Thompson Recital Hall in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of Bemidji State University, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive.
Wind Ensemble Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, in the main theater of the BSU Bangsberg Fine Arts Center. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for all students.
Northern Artists Association monthly meeting will be held at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. S.E. The meeting is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be served.
Trombones of Bemidji, a free concert sponsored by the BSU Music Department, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov.18, in the main theater of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tom Swanson will conduct the selected soloists and the 12-part trombone ensemble of Matt Custer, Ben Fleming, Jeff Johnson, Alyssa Konecne, Paul Mork, Tom Patnaude, Hyram Price, Steven Radley, Glen Seibel, Melissa Stover, Nancy Sydow and Les Torgerson.
Lorie Line and her 20th Year Anniversary Show will be held at 7:30 p.m. today, Nov. 12, in the auditorium of Bemidji High School. "An Intimate Christmas with Lori Line" with her Fab Five (five of her favorite musicians) is a return to her roots with old favorites and memorable traditions from her earlier years. Cameras are a must as children four and older will be able to have a moment on stage with Santa. And don't forget the bells from former years. All tickets are $45 and will be sold at the door.
Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" is a collaboration between Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Tickets are on sale now at Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji and at Ken K. Thompson in the Paul Bunyan Mall. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, through Saturday, Nov. 21, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 22 in the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children.
The Diamonds will return to Bemidji for a holiday concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2900 Division St. W, Bemidji. This legendary singing group known for such hits as "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?," "The Stroll," "Little Darlin" and "Silhouettes" will also sing some hits of the four-part harmony vocal groups of that era: The Brothers Four, The Four Freshmen, The Four Lads, the Four Aces and The Four Seasons. The $20 tickets for the reserved seating are on sale now at Lueken's Village Foods North and South. This is a benefit concert for Lakeland Public Television.
Tickets are on sale now for BSU's 41st Annual Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12 and 5 p.m. Dec. 6. Founded by Paul Brandvik, professor emeritus of vocal music, this traditional holiday fete is now celebrated by many groups across the country. Brandvik created the idea of Madrigal Dinners and wrote the book on how to produce them. The Beau Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Hall will be transformed into a Renaissance feast at an English castle. The King and Queen will host a five course dinner for the Royal Court while minstrels, trouveres, cellar keepers, beggars and members of the royal kingdom perform. The masque this year is written by K.D. Howells. The concert by the Royal Court will usher in the Yuletide season. Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance by mail or in person at the Madrigal Dinner box office. For box office hours, call 755-3406. Mail orders may be sent to Madrigal Dinner Tickets, Department of Music, 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, No. 16, Bemidji, MN 56601. Vegetarian meals are also available and need to be pre-ordered.
The Bemidji Sculpture Walk Committee reminds local residents that they only have until Nov. 15 to vote for their favorite small sculpture. The choices are turtle, fish, beaver, deer, frog, canoe and a small Paul Bunyan. The winner will be seen around Bemidji during the summer 2010 season as each piece will be decorated by local craftspeople and artists. Cast your vote at email@example.com. Contact Cate Belleveau if unable to access site at firstname.lastname@example.org. This activity is made possible by a generous grant from the Neilson Foundation.
Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts at 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes Malisa VanMaasdam, a senior BFA student at BSU, and a premier of her work, "Lost in the Leaves," a collection of seasonal watercolor mono prints. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique of art and fine craft with over 35 different artists.
Beltrami County Historical Society in conjunction with Gallery North presents, "School Days." The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.
Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the public to view a display of the winning entries for the Seventh Annual It's Only Clay National Ceramic Exhibition. The exhibit will be on display until Dec. 19, and many of the pieces are available for purchase. While at the center, don't forget to check out the new inventory at Shop 426, all proceeds benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.
Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., welcomes Paul Simonson and his exhibit of spin-art paintings titled "Potpourri" on the art wall for the month of November.
Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., invites the public to view work of Longville artist Sean Moran, a painter who works in acrylic on hardboard and his detailed wildlife portraits.
Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., welcomes artist Terry Honstead's new exhibit "Local Ojibwe Leaders." Also on display and for sale are painting and cards by Audrey Merschman.
Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes artist Mary Lingen for November. Lingen works with basic shapes and their relationships to each other in vibrant colors and layers. Also on display and available for purchase is fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverlee Olson.
Fleur De Lis Gallery has on display Suzi Rhae Ross' exhibition of her new sculptural works and will be open from 6:30-8:30 p.m. every Monday through Dec. 14. The gallery is located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.
Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., announces the opening of the Gallery North Christmas Boutique and the featured artist of the month, Pat Shough and her recent watercolor works. The author of the month is David C. Swenson and his book "Miracle at Mercy Hospital."
Glazed and Amused, 311 Third St. N.W., a Paint Your Own Pottery Studio where walk-in painters are always welcome. They are open Wednesday through Sunday and hours are posted on the door.
Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 522 America Ave. N.W., has a display of the collaborative work of Bemidji artists Marlon Davidson and Don Knudson. Known for their work in wood and collage and their attempt to unify the combination of organic structures in contemporary forms, they are inspired by nature to make art that fits in the long history of American art.
Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee host Terry Honstead and her exhibit "Another Take," a collection of watercolor, acrylic and collage work which reflect her impression of life and other happenings around her life here in Bemidji, for the month of November. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at 1000 Anne St. N.W.
Talley Gallery has on display the work of Angel Mihaylov and his realistic paintings in the style of Vermeer, Caravaggio and Velasquez. The exhibit will be on display until Nov. 24. The Talley Galley is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. The gallery is free and handicapped accessible and in the BSU education building.
Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House artist of the month is Bemidji native Mali Mattsen and her exhibit of tendril and gestural mobiles and sculptures formed from metal and colorful handmade paper. Wild Hare is located at 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W.
"Fancy of Flight," a painting-on-feather class, will be held from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, at Gallery North. Participants will complete a 6-by-9-inch painting on a feather of a cardinal or chickadee. All materials will be provided, and no experience is necessary. Prepaid registration is $40 and payment on the day of the class will be $45. Call to reserve a space at 444-9813 or 751-7741.
"Winter Wonderland," a watercolor painting class with the Northwood's winter as subject matter will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21. All materials will be provided and students will complete a 16-by-20-inch matted watercolor painting ready to frame. Prepaid registration is $40 and payment on the day of the class will be $45. Call to reserve a space at 444-9813 or 751-7741.
Poetry Workshop with Carolann Russell, professor of English and women's studies at BSU, will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Nov. 14 and Nov. 21. This is an intensive workshop and each participant may bring up to six poems (three each session) to read. The theme of the workshop is "Writing Poetry from the Self: Learning to Listen to the Unconscious" and is open to writers of all levels. The cost is $75 and all classes will be held at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. In addition, private tutorials may be scheduled from 3:45-4:15 p.m. and 4:30-5 p.m. for $25 per half hour. Manuscript conferences may also be scheduled with a negotiated fee. To register, call 444-5606.
Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of new art work by Michael De Witt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillmundi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.
Stop at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.
Advance notice of arts-related activities for inclusion on a blog titled ArtsNews on the bemidjipioneer.com Web site will be accepted by email@example.com. The intent of the blog is to list dates and times of future arts events to give competing arts organizations better information for scheduling their projects.
Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:
- Eighth Annual Tinsel and Lace Showcase and Artisan Boutique, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School Commons
- Lefse Festival Cook-off, Beltrami County Historical Society Fundraising event, 5:30 -7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, Hampton Inn. General admission is $5 at door.
- "A Christmas Carol" by KG Entertainment, Dec. 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12.
- "Seussical the Musical," 7 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11, 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 5, 6, 12, 13 at the Wild Rose theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N. Tickets go on sale Nov. 25.
- Jingle Bell Jazz, 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, Thompson Recital Hall, BSU. $5 adults, $3 senior citizens, free for students.
- Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, main stage of Bangsberg Hall, $5 adults, $3 senior citizens, free for students.
- Percussion Ensemble Concert, 7:30 p.m., Wed. Dec. 9, Thompson Recital Hall.
- Holiday Christmas Cookies by the Pound, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, Blackduck History and Art Center.
- High Tea at Beltrami County Historical Society, 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. Seating is limited. Call 444-3376 for reserved seating.
- Matthew Goinz senior recital, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13. Thompson Recital Hall.
- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ 119 Third St. N.W.
Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org