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PIONEER PREVIEWS: BSO's 'Stirring' celebration is Sunday

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Today's soloists for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concert -- Tammy Hensrud and Korliss Uecker -- have been generous with their time and talents this past week. They gave a career talk for students at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts; a recital of operatic music accompanied by Beverly Everett at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids and a vocal master class at Thompson Recital Hall at BSU. The final appearance will probably be meeting people during the after-concert reception with Everett and the performance of "Stirring Celebrations!" — Mahler's epic "Resurrection" symphony at 3 p.m. today at the Sanford Center.

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Please note this is a new venue with larger stage capacity for the 100 instrumentalists, three choirs and two soloists and also more audience seating. All seating is open and there are ample handicap accessible sites. Doors will open at 2:30 p.m. for the 3 p.m. welcome remarks and the stirring first movement. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and older, $10 for college students with valid ID and free for students K-12 and may be purchased at the door.

• Opera Night Gala invitation letters are out in the mail for the May 29-30 event at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Returning this year will be Matthew Goinz, who will be joining the men's a capella group Cantus for the upcoming season and tenor J. Warren Mitchell, who made his debut last year to a standing ovation by attendees. In addition to the many fine student singers and local favorites Linda Wagner, Cory Renbarger and Mark Christensen, there will be an instrumental group to accompany the singers. Contact Fulton Gallagher at (218) 586-2536 or fgallagh@paulbunyan.net for more information. Tickets are $65 each and include a five-course dinner and entertainment. A portion of the revenue from ticket sales will go toward funding the student performers.

Monday

• The Bemidji Public Library Reading Group will meet at noon in the front meeting room to discuss "Vacationland" by Minnesota author Sarah Stonich. The novel takes place on a lake in north Minnesota where an abandoned lodge is discovered with two cabins still remaining and myriad memories swirling around the visitors' imaginations. This event is free and open to the public and brown bag lunches are welcome.

Tuesday

• The Bemidji Public Library Reading Group will meet at 7 p.m. in the front meeting room to discuss "Vacationland" by Minnesota author Sarah Stonich. The novel takes place on a lake in north Minnesota where an abandoned lodge is discovered with two cabins still remaining and myriad memories swirling around the visitors' imaginations. This event is free and open to the public and brown bag lunches are welcome.

Wednesday

• Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning continues its spring season of talks with freelance author/chronicler Dave Kenney and his talk, "Minnesota Goes to War: The Homefront During WWII." Kenney records the state's role in the most significant event of the 20th Century and is a tribute to the sacrifices made by ordinary people in extraordinary times. Following the program, attendees will be invited to stay in Shevlin and tour the Clearwater County History Center's exhibit "Minnesota Home Front" -- a traveling exhibit from the Minnesota Historical Society as well as "Clearwater County Goes to War," a local exhibit about the homefront here during WWII. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Landstad Lutheran Church, Shevlin. This NELL program is offered free of charge, however, donations are gratefully accepted as is membership in the organization. My sincere apologies to those I misled in last week's column.

Thursday

• Schoolcraft Learning Community will host its 14th Annual Spring Concert at 6:30 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is free and open to the public.

• Turtle Island Ensemble (Sarah Carlson, piano; Patrick Riley, bass; Jon Romer, guitar and Andrew Ronnevik, violin) will hold a fundraising concert for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf at 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church. Free will donations will be accepted in lieu of tickets.

Friday

• Enjoy an evening of wine, cheese and Broadway music provided by Eric Gustafson at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse Open House from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Chief Theater. Open to the public at no charge and there will be an opportunity to purchase Flex Books and/or Season Tickets. Additional information on www.info@paulbunyanplayhouse.com.

Saturday

"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. at Gallery North, 502 Third St. Attendees will complete and mat a 16-inch by 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.

Art installations

• Art installations for May can be found at watermarkartcenter.org in the pulldown tab "First Friday Art Walk."

• "Nature struggles with winter, Springtime rising up, the warm breezes give us hope." Hope House members will present a watercolor/acrylic and haiku display titled "Spring Time Rising" at the Bemidji Public Library during the month of May.

• Neilson Place presents the multilayered artwork of Paula Swanson, "Hurry Summer" through June. Swanson explores and interprets ideas, emotions and experiences creating a dialogue between the artist and viewer. Neilson Place is located on Sanford WoodsEdge campus, 1000 Anne St. NW.

• RavenRock Gallery of Jewelry and Fine Art and the Artists of Studio 10 will be hosting an exhibit by guest multimedia artists Barbara and Michael Hoet through June 1st, 1000 Paul Bunyan Dr. Suite 102. S

Upcoming events

• Pecha Kucha (chit chat) Night will begin at 6:30 p.m. May 15 at the Sanford Center. PKN is always free and is a family friendly event where speakers give presentations that include 20 images shown for 20 seconds each for a total of 6 minutes, 40 seconds.

• Tom Jones, an adult comedy, directed by Derrick Houle, will be coming to the BSU Bangsberg Stage on May 16, 17, 18, 23, 24.

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