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Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present musicians Joni Lund with folk flutes and strings, and Pat Riegert on guitar and dulcimer at noon today, July 20, at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road S.W.

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A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. A luncheon will be served following the concert for a nominal cost.

PB Playhouse

"21A" a study in the human condition showcases Zach Curtis, artistic director of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Written by humorist and radio commentator Kevin Kling and directed by Paul Reyburn, a familiar actor at the playhouse; this one-man show opens at 8 p.m. tonight for a two week run at the Historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. Curtis, a masterful character actor, portrays the bus driver who welcomes such diverse passengers as Gladys, an elderly woman returning from a shopping trip, Chairman Francis, Not Dave (a fellow insisting that he is indeed not Dave) and Captain Twelve Pack. All the action takes place within the same 12 minutes of time for each character; who is speaking and who is listening changes with each person. Tickets for the evening performances are $22 for adults, $15 for students and $20 for groups of 10 or more. The 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, July 24, ticket price is $15. Call box office at 751-7270 for tickets or online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

'Defiant Requiem'

The "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terazín" will be broadcast on Classical Minnesota Public Radio KCRB 88.5 FM from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 24. The broadcast will feature a performance recorded May 1 in Bemidji under the direction of creator and conductor Murry Sidlin. MPR's Michael Barone will host the two hour broadcast which includes an interview with Sidlin.

"The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terazín" tells the true story of Rafael Schaëchter, a composer and pianist, who used a smuggled score to teach Verdi's Requiem Mass to fellow Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp. Between October 1943 and June 1944, Verdi's "Requiem" was performed 16 times at Terezín by the prisoner choir - in front of other prisoners, before their Nazi guards, and once to a Red Cross delegation. Over that time period Schaëchter was forced to reconstitute the choir three times as performers were taken away to their deaths at Auschwitz.

The broadcast is made possible in part by funding from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Long Lake Theater

"The Last Resort" by Norm Foster with a musical score by Leslie Arden is on stage until July 29 at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. A madcap mystery/comedy with on-the-run mob informant (Andy Browers), his FBI girlfriend (Sarah Bull) and twin sisters (Liz MacGregor) and the other assorted guests have the resort owner Freda Heitz (Nick Dahn) frantically busy. Director Juliann Kjenaas, drama coach at Park Rapids High School, directed "Nunsense" and "The Kitchen Witches" at the theater in previous seasons. Gary Stennes serves as musical director and accompanist for this show. Performances will be at 3 p.m. Wednesdays until July 27 and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday from July 13 until 29. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 children (4-12). Box office number is 732-0099 or visit the website longlaketheater.com. The drive is worth the effort as the playhouse has a solid reputation for good theater experiences. Reservations recommended; call 218-732-0099 or www.longlaketheater.com.

Loon Opera

Tickets are on sale now for Loon Opera Company production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" sung in English, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30 in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive N.E. Mozart's iconic opera "The Marriage of Figaro," a romantic comedy, begins with Figaro and Susanna preparing for their wedding night and is considered one of Mozart's finest and funniest operas. Contact Abe Hunter at Loon Opera Company, 1007 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN 56601 or 218.368.8805. Tickets are $25 for orchestra, $20 for balcony and $10 for partially obstructed view (first row of the balcony). Check website at www.loonoperacompany.org. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Mask and Rose

The Mask and Rose Women's Collective will present "Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27-Saturday, July 30, and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, on the Historic Beltrami County Courthouse Outdoor Stage at the corner of Sixth Street and Beltrami Avenue Northwest. In the event of rain, the venue will be at the Mask and Rose Theater at the corner of Fifth Street and Bemidji Avenue. Directed by Cate Belleveau, tickets cost $8 for adults, $4 for K-12 and free for preschoolers. Tickets are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant and at the door.

Light Opera

Northern Light Opera Company will present "The Music Man" at 7:30 p.m. July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 4, 5 and 6, and 3 p.m July 31 at Park Rapids Area High School. Julie Kaiser plays Eulalie Mckeckne, the River City mayor's wife; John Peterson, Bemidji State University graduate from Erskine, is a member of the bickering school board that form the Barbershop Quartet; Brinn Krabbenhoft, a BSU music alum, sings the role of Marian the Librarian. Bemidji area musicians in the pit orchestra include David Murphy, Lynette Murphy, Beth Holzhueter and Vicki Magnuson. A cast of 44 of all ages will make the 1912 River City, Iowa, come to life mirroring the energy that David Konshok brings to the role of Harold Hill. Lisa Dove from New York directs the production. Greg Paul, an Ohio State theater grad, is the technical director for the show.

Desserts by Design

Third Annual Desserts by Design fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers to donate desserts or to design a table. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center. Contact Jeanette Halcrow at 444-2689 or Carol Milowski at 444-4344 for further information.

Music events

E The Walker Area Foundation Chorale will hold its "Taste of Broadway III" fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. with a social hour and gourmet dinner. The 8 p.m. musical show will feature selections from Broadway shows and classic American tunes by the Walker Area Chorale with accompaniment by Wayne Hoff Monday, Aug. 8, at the Northern Lights Casino. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table of 10. For reservations, call 218-547-2865.

E Brigid's Cross will hold Open State for Writers & Poetry Slam hosted by Patty Giedd at 7:30 p.m. today, July 20. For more information phone 218.444.0567 or logon to brigidsirishpub.com or Like us on facebook.

E Timberline will perform live music beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Brigid's Cross. Timberline consists of local artists John Essig and Kari Munson, who keep Americana music alive with their fusion of country and folk music. They are joined by musical talents Dave Sand and John Kingsbury.

Workshops

"Summer Friend II" painting on a feather workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Gallery North with Marion Caroline. Participants will finish painting a feather of a Monarch butterfly hovering over a blooming thistle. The fee is $45 and all materials will be provided. Registration at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. No prior experience is required.

Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present musicians Joni Lund with folk flutes and strings, and Pat Riegert on guitar and dulcimer at noon today, July 20, at the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road S.W.

A free will offering will be accepted in support of the music scholarships given each year. A luncheon will be served following the concert for a nominal cost.

PB Playhouse

"21A" a study in the human condition showcases Zach Curtis, artistic director of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. Written by humorist and radio commentator Kevin Kling and directed by Paul Reyburn, a familiar actor at the playhouse; this one-man show opens at 8 p.m. tonight for a two week run at the Historic Chief Theatre in downtown Bemidji. Curtis, a masterful character actor, portrays the bus driver who welcomes such diverse passengers as Gladys, an elderly woman returning from a shopping trip, Chairman Francis, Not Dave (a fellow insisting that he is indeed not Dave) and Captain Twelve Pack. All the action takes place within the same 12 minutes of time for each character; who is speaking and who is listening changes with each person. Tickets for the evening performances are $22 for adults, $15 for students and $20 for groups of 10 or more. The 2 p.m. matinee performance Sunday, July 24, ticket price is $15. Call box office at 751-7270 for tickets or online at paulbunyanplayhouse.com.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

'Defiant Requiem'

The "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terazín" will be broadcast on Classical Minnesota Public Radio KCRB 88.5 FM from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 24. The broadcast will feature a performance recorded May 1 in Bemidji under the direction of creator and conductor Murry Sidlin. MPR's Michael Barone will host the two hour broadcast which includes an interview with Sidlin.

"The Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terazín" tells the true story of Rafael Schaëchter, a composer and pianist, who used a smuggled score to teach Verdi's Requiem Mass to fellow Jewish prisoners in the Terezín Concentration Camp. Between October 1943 and June 1944, Verdi's "Requiem" was performed 16 times at Terezín by the prisoner choir - in front of other prisoners, before their Nazi guards, and once to a Red Cross delegation. Over that time period Schaëchter was forced to reconstitute the choir three times as performers were taken away to their deaths at Auschwitz.

The broadcast is made possible in part by funding from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Long Lake Theater

"The Last Resort" by Norm Foster with a musical score by Leslie Arden is on stage until July 29 at the Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. A madcap mystery/comedy with on-the-run mob informant (Andy Browers), his FBI girlfriend (Sarah Bull) and twin sisters (Liz MacGregor) and the other assorted guests have the resort owner Freda Heitz (Nick Dahn) frantically busy. Director Juliann Kjenaas, drama coach at Park Rapids High School, directed "Nunsense" and "The Kitchen Witches" at the theater in previous seasons. Gary Stennes serves as musical director and accompanist for this show. Performances will be at 3 p.m. Wednesdays until July 27 and at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday from July 13 until 29. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 children (4-12). Box office number is 732-0099 or visit the website longlaketheater.com. The drive is worth the effort as the playhouse has a solid reputation for good theater experiences. Reservations recommended; call 218-732-0099 or www.longlaketheater.com.

Loon Opera

Tickets are on sale now for Loon Opera Company production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" sung in English, at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 29 and 30 in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive N.E. Mozart's iconic opera "The Marriage of Figaro," a romantic comedy, begins with Figaro and Susanna preparing for their wedding night and is considered one of Mozart's finest and funniest operas. Contact Abe Hunter at Loon Opera Company, 1007 Bemidji Avenue N., Bemidji, MN 56601 or 218.368.8805. Tickets are $25 for orchestra, $20 for balcony and $10 for partially obstructed view (first row of the balcony). Check website at www.loonoperacompany.org. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

Mask and Rose

The Mask and Rose Women's Collective will present "Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27-Saturday, July 30, and 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, and Sunday, July 31, on the Historic Beltrami County Courthouse Outdoor Stage at the corner of Sixth Street and Beltrami Avenue Northwest. In the event of rain, the venue will be at the Mask and Rose Theater at the corner of Fifth Street and Bemidji Avenue. Directed by Cate Belleveau, tickets cost $8 for adults, $4 for K-12 and free for preschoolers. Tickets are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant and at the door.

Light Opera

Northern Light Opera Company will present "The Music Man" at 7:30 p.m. July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 4, 5 and 6, and 3 p.m July 31 at Park Rapids Area High School. Julie Kaiser plays Eulalie Mckeckne, the River City mayor's wife; John Peterson, Bemidji State University graduate from Erskine, is a member of the bickering school board that form the Barbershop Quartet; Brinn Krabbenhoft, a BSU music alum, sings the role of Marian the Librarian. Bemidji area musicians in the pit orchestra include David Murphy, Lynette Murphy, Beth Holzhueter and Vicki Magnuson. A cast of 44 of all ages will make the 1912 River City, Iowa, come to life mirroring the energy that David Konshok brings to the role of Harold Hill. Lisa Dove from New York directs the production. Greg Paul, an Ohio State theater grad, is the technical director for the show.

Desserts by Design

Third Annual Desserts by Design fundraiser for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is looking for volunteers to donate desserts or to design a table. The event will take place on Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center. Contact Jeanette Halcrow at 444-2689 or Carol Milowski at 444-4344 for further information.

Music events

- The Walker Area Foundation Chorale will hold its "Taste of Broadway III" fundraiser beginning at 6 p.m. with a social hour and gourmet dinner. The 8 p.m. musical show will feature selections from Broadway shows and classic American tunes by the Walker Area Chorale with accompaniment by Wayne Hoff Monday, Aug. 8, at the Northern Lights Casino. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table of 10. For reservations, call 218-547-2865.

- Brigid's Cross will hold Open State for Writers & Poetry Slam hosted by Patty Giedd at 7:30 p.m. today, July 20. For more information phone 218.444.0567 or logon to brigidsirishpub.com or Like us on facebook.

E Timberline will perform live music beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, July 22, at Brigid's Cross. Timberline consists of local artists John Essig and Kari Munson, who keep Americana music alive with their fusion of country and folk music. They are joined by musical talents Dave Sand and John Kingsbury.

Workshops

"Summer Friend II" painting on a feather workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at Gallery North with Marion Caroline. Participants will finish painting a feather of a Monarch butterfly hovering over a blooming thistle. The fee is $45 and all materials will be provided. Registration at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W. No prior experience is required.

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