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Pioneer Previews: Come to a concert in the Park

A romantic Sunday concert in the park, possibly patterned on the classical concerts on the grass in Central Park in New York City, will begin at 1:30 p.m. today in Lake Bemidji State Park. The setting will only highlight the gifted performers who will begin their teaching and musical career this semester at Bemidji State University. Husband and wife duo, Eric and Jennifer Olson, will take the audience to several eras in romantic/classical compositions with Eric's violin and piano playing accented by Jennifer's lilting voice. The couple studied for their doctoral degrees in musical arts at the University of Minnesota.

The concert is part of the 2014 Lake Bemidji Concert Series sponsored by Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in collaboration with the Lake Bemidji State Park. Admission is free for each concert, but you will need to have a valid park pass or purchase a day pass at the gate. Day passes are $5 and the event is family friendly and casual.

• Boston and Starship will come together as part of their "Heaven & Earth Tour" at 8 p.m. this Saturday at the Sanford Center; doors will open at 7 p.m. Boston is legend in the rock genre after their debut in 1976 with hits "More Than a Feeling," "Peace of Mind" and "Smokin,'" which are all still in heavy classic rock radio rotation. Tickets are: $81, $65, $45 and $31 and have been on sale at the Bob Lowth Pickup Windows at the Sanford Center, Lueken's Village Foods or any Ticketmaster locations.

• The deadline (Sept. 11) is quickly approaching for the Region 2 Arts Council/McKnight Career Development Fellowship. Established artists in all disciplines residing in one of the following Minnesota counties: Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen may apply for this 18-month fellowship. Two $6,000 fellowships are awarded per year. Applications can be downloaded at


• The Bemidji Area Church Musicians final concert of the summer will feature Sarah Carlson at noon at the First Lutheran Church, 900 Bemidji Ave. The program is varied with the addition of two artists: Jon Romer and Jake Kachne. The trio will play a concert of organ and Native American flute music, including the newest work commissioned for both instruments by Joseph Adams. This performance will conclude a successful season of 13 fine recitals and the free-will offerings at the door have been generous and will continue to be included in the annual scholarships for college freshman/sophomore music students. A luncheon will follow the concert for a nominal fee and provided by the church ladies.

• Could you use some grant writing tips, pointers, or helpful feedback? Go to a Region 2 workshop from 5:50 to 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Historic Carnegie Library building, 426 Bemidji Ave. This workshop will focus on the Career Development Workshop.

• Bemidji Community Theater's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" will hold auditions from 5-7 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater. The show is scheduled to run Nov.14-16 and 21, 22, 23. Men and women of all ages, teenagers and a few children are needed.


• Bemidji Community Theater's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" will hold auditions from 5-7 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater. See above listing.


• Boston and Starship concert at the Sanford Center will open its doors at 7 p.m. for an 8 p.m. start. The show is cross-generational and Boston has held its place in rock history for years.


• Locations and short explanations for August exhibits and ongoing installations are available at Pull down First Friday tab.


• Northern Artist Association will host a porcelain painting workshop with Nancy Eagleson from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 and 30 in the Beltrami Electric Community Room. Cost for the two-day workshop is $60 and all materials are included; two projects will be completed. Attendees are asked to bring a bag lunch. Sign up at Gallery North at 444-9813 or call 759-2952 for more information.


• Bemidji Community Theater's production of "On Golden Pond" will have tickets on sale shortly. Prices have remained the same at $12 adults and $6 for children under 18. Show dates are Sept. 19-21.