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Pioneer Previews: Celebrate Father’s Day with a show

The Ground Round Father’s Day tribute and music dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Normandy invasion will highlight the Bemidji Area Community Band’s opening concert of the summer at 7 p.m. today on the lawn south of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the BSU campus. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs. There is no admission charge, but free-will donations will be accepted. In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors at Bangsberg. The band also will perform a big band classics piece from the World War II era arranged by Eric Osterling that features a few Glenn Miller songs like “Tuxedo Junction,” “Seranade in Blue” and “In the Mood.” A moving arrangement of “Amazing Grace” by Frank Ticheli will serve as a Father’s Day tribute and feature a saxophone solo by the conductor’s daughter, Sanna Gustafson. The concert also will include a Blues Brothers revue, and the clarinet section will take center stage on Leroy Anderson’s “Clarinet Candy.” Former Bemidji High School director of bands Les Torgerson will conduct the first concert. Scott Guidry, who just completed his first year as director of bands at BSU, will conduct the remaining concerts on July 6, July 20 and Aug. 3.

• The Bemidji Book Festival will take place all this week. See the A Section of this Pioneer for a detailed schedule of all events for both children and adults.


• Paul Imholte will perform at 1:30 p.m. in the amphitheater at Lake Bemidji State Park, 3401 State Park Road NE. Imholte collects the wonder of acoustic string music and shares that beauty with audiences. Known as the “stringman,” he sings and plays a dozen traditional instruments including the hammered dulcimer,  an ancient string instrument from the Middle East. It is played with light mallets or hammers. Along with the hammered dulcimer, he plays fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, mandola, mountain dulcimer, cello, viola, autoharp, harmonica, jaw harp and spoons. For the last 10 years, he has been composing and recording instrumental music for the hammered dulcimer and songs about life in the Midwest.


• The Bemidji Area Church Musicians Summer Recital Series will continue at noon at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 1800 Irvine Ave. NW. This concert will feature a French horn quartet. Performers include Eve Sumsky, Jackie Schaffer, Bonnie Swanson, and Sara Comeau. This group of horn players are having a reunion having previously performed together in the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. Their program will include music from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Special guest, Susan Nelson, on flute, will join the quartet for a piece by Franz Doppler in which the horns represent the forest and the flute depicts the bird. A luncheon will follow the concert for a price. A free-will offering will be received at the door.


• Hardwood Groove, rooted in Detroit Lakes, will open 2nd Street Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. on Second Street between Main Avenue and Highway 71 in Park Rapids. Hardwood Groove is a group of musicians who draw inspiration from many varieties of music. On stage, bluegrass, blues, folk, rock and funk all meet in one electrified show. Roots inspired songs are tied together with vocal harmonies and spiced up with a collaborative improvisational aspect. Along with the music, they were will be a beer garden and family activities. Bring your own chair. 2nd Street Stage will continue on Thursdays through Aug. 21. For more information, visit

Art installations

• 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.

• Brigids Pub presents The Artists of Studio 10, showcasing a new body of work. The theme of this exhibit is “Greening Up,” now through July. Brigids Pub is located downtown at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

• Watermark Art Center opening of “Inside and Out” exhibit is a collection of recent paintings, mixed media collages and work in oil and wax. The exhibit runs through Aug. 2. For more information call 444-7570, email or visit

Upcoming events

• A conversation about bringing new arts projects, events, and initiatives to Clearwater County communities will take place from 6:15 to 8 p.m. June 24 in room 100 at Bagley High School, 1130 Main Ave. N. in Bagley. Region 2 Arts Council staff will be on hand to discuss ways in which grants can offer support. Coffee and light snacks will be provided. Artists, teachers, arts and community organizers, school administrators, county, city and town representatives, business owners, and arts appreciators will want to be a part of this conversation. Contact Region 2 Arts Council for more information by calling 751-5447, 800- 275-5447 or emailing