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Pioneer Previews: BSO to put on quite a show

Just got a scoop the other day that will come as a welcome surprise to those who will attend the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra performance at the Sanford Center on May 4 — big hint — the Jumbotron. The planning behind this final concert of the 75th stellar season has been ongoing for over a year and goes all the way to the National Endowment for the Arts grant. What a coup for a regional orchestra! Don’t forget to pick up tickets for the post-concert reception by April 30th. They are $10 each and organizers want to plan for the number of people who will attend.

World traveler and fine singer, musician and composer Lauren Pelon’s “Music from the Backyard & Front Porch” hosted at the historic Chief Theater on Friday. Admission is free, so be sure to get there in plenty of time to get a seat for this legacy program of the Kitchigami Regional Library System.

Audiences can go from the fast pickin’ of classic Bluegrass musicians of Eelpout Stringers —“just a bunch of old fogies playing traditional American music” — to the high energy contemporary group Copper Creek to the sublime with all the grandeur of Rome with the characters in the Bolshoi Ballet Theater and their lavish production of Marco Spada on Saturday. Try to read a synopsis of the story behind the ballet before attending, just Goggle Marco Spada, Bolshoi Ballet.


•Northern Artist monthly meeting at 12:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club, a program will be presented after the business meeting. For more information, call 759-2952.

•High school age and above thespians who enjoy timeless, classic Greek tales of the human condition and the gods who either cause or interfere with human jealousy, love, greed, etc. are invited to audition for Mary Zimmerman’s play “Metamorphoses,” which is based on the epic poem by Ovid. A production of Mask and Rose under the direction of Cate Belleveau, who asks that those interested in auditioning for a 10 minute slot from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, please email her at or call her at (218) 243-2685. Be prepared with a song in any style and to do a cold reading from the script. Performance dates are Aug. 15-17 and 21-24 on Lake Bemidji. Summer residents are also invited to audition for this production by calling Belleveau.    


•The lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning ends its spring series with Larry Alderink, who will examine three facets of two religions: Christianity and Islam with Jesus and Mohammad, the books Bible and Qur’an and deities God and Allah. The lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars are served before the start of the program, which runs from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Roger Spiry Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Dr. NW. This ALL program is offered free of charge, however, donations are gratefully accepted as is membership in the organization.

•The spring lecture series of Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning in Park Rapids has ended for this year.

•Cantus, an acclaimed vocal ensemble will perform “A Place For Us,” a compelling musical narrative about the universal search for home. The program has a huge repertoire from Inuit and Lakota Chant to Mexican folk songs and early American music. The show is set to start at 7 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Tickets in advance are $17 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Tickets at the door will be $20 each and $5 for students.


•Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning continues their spring season of talks with “A Healing Journey with Wendell Affield,” who is the author of “Muddy Jungle Rivers.” Affield will talk about his life after publication of his book, and his speaking engagements when he listened to hundreds of veterans and witnessed the devastating long-term effects of posttraumatic stress disorder. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Gonvick Community Center. This NELL program is offered free of charge, however, donations are gratefully accepted as is membership in the organization.


•Monika Lawrence, a digital photography faculty member in the Mass Communications Department at BSU, will present her photo project: “Rise and Shine: A photo journey through the eyes of children from Kalungu, Kenya.” She distributed cameras to the children for them to journal their lives photographically. Her project reveals the challenges, vulnerability, strength and talents all shared by these children during their life journey. The presentation and reception will run from 3 to 5:30 p.m. in the Cosmopolitan Café (near the information desk on the lakeside view), Hobson Memorial Hall, Terrace Lounge. This program is open to public at no charge.

•“Music from the Backyard & Front Porch” at 7 p.m. in the historic Chief Theater  with singer and songwriter Lauren Pelon, who will play an array of instruments from the Americas and overseas. The performance — “Under the Roots of Music” — will demonstrate the story of music from around the world as studied by Pelon over the years that she has traveled extensively. This performance is part of the legacy series sponsored by the Kitchigami Region Library System and made possible through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.


•Bonus presentation of Opera EncoreHD is the Ballet Marco Spada as danced by the Bolshoi Ballet Theater of Russia is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Bemidji Amigo Theater and tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children.

•The Minnesota Bluegrass Community Concert Series is returning to Bemidji with a double bill show starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater. Copper Creek and The Eelpout Stringers with share the stage. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door, $5 for teens and free for children age 12 and under. In Bemidji, tickets are available at Overbeeks Electronics and Kelsey’s Jewelry and underwritten locally by Ken Berge Construction, 3D Repair and Raphael’s Bakery.

Art installations

•April art installations can be found at in the pull-down “First Friday Art Walk.”

•Tin Pan gALLEry, the Blackduck Area History Center, will feature Diana Collison Jones’ oil paintings, copper tooling, photography and cards through May 10. The center is open 1 to 4 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays.

Watercolor class

•“Spring Fling” with Marion Reil, who will teach a fun and unique watercolor painting method using thrown paint and sponges, is set for 1 p.m. May 10 at Gallery North, 502 Third St. Attendees will complete and mat a 16 x 20-inch watercolor. All materials are provided and the class fee is $45 when paid at registration at Gallery North or $50 the day of the class. For bookkeeping purposes, please make out checks payable to Marion Reil.

Don’t forget BSO show

•Bemidji Symphony Orchestra performance of Stirring Celebrations! with Mahler’s “Resurrection Symphony” at 3 p.m. May 4 at the Sanford Center. Tickets at both Lueken’s locations and the Bob Lowth Ford Pickup at the Sanford Center are on sale now. A separate ticket for the post-concert reception at the Sanford Center Club Level to greet Beverly Everett and musical guests must be purchased by April 30 at the same locations. Appetizers, cake and a cash bar will be served.