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Pioneer Previews for Dec. 8: Music, music, everywhere for today, week

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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Chorale’s 34th annual Winter Concert will be held today in a new location — Calvary Lutheran Church, located just south of town at 2508 Washington Ave. SE. The tradition of holding two concerts continues this year with 3 and 7 p.m. performances and a variety of musical literature — something for everyone. The concert will feature John Rutter’s “Gloria,” with brass, organ and timpani to accent the singers. Matthew Goinz as soloist with Cory J. Renbarger and cellist Patrick Riley will join the Chorale in Ralph Vaugh Williams’ “Fantasia on Christmas Carols.” Melanie Hanson will play a fiddle tune for a change of pace, and this year, the guest singers will be the students of director Sutton Steward’s Walker school choirs. The concert is free and open to the public and a freewill offering will be accepted by Chorale members.

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Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will have a 3 p.m. matinee today of its holiday production “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets online at longlaketheater.com or by calling (218) 732-0099.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will present their Holiday Celebrations and Messiah Sing-along at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. The concert will feature holiday favorites: “White Christmas,” Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival” and Bach’s Chorale Prelude “Wachet Auf” and “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.”

Audience members who wish to sing selections from Handel’s “Messiah” will be asked to join the soloists on stage. Cory J. Renbarger, assistant professor of music at Bemidji State University, and his students: Luke Bernard, Lorrisa Craigmile, Anna DeLong and Caitlin Rogers will be the featured soloists. Tickets will be sold at the door or in advance at Lueken’s Village Foods north and south locations or online at brownpapertickets.com. Prices are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for college students with ID and free for students grades K-12.

The BSU student ensemble Voltage will be performing at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Thompson Recital Hall in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Complex. A featured composition will be the premiere of high school student Elias Connell’s original work for electronic music “Take a Break.” This concert is free and open to the public.

MONDAY

The Bemidji Area North American Flute Circle will meet at 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Avenue NW. They are encouraging all levels of players to join, as well as anyone interested in learning to play the wooden flute. Call Chuck at (218) 444-8164 or Headwaters School at (218) 444-5606 for more information.

TUESDAY

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concert and Messiah Sing-along at 7:30 p.m. on stage at BHS.

Lakeland Public Television will host a 7 p.m. screening of “Downton Abbey” Season 4 premiere at Bangsberg. Period costumes are encouraged for this gala event with door prizes and a trivia contest. Seating is limited on first come, first served basis.

WEDNESDAY

Voltage at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall.

THURSDAY

Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will have a 7:30 p.m. production of its holiday production “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets online at longlaketheater.com or by calling (218) 732-0099.

Local author and chef Amy Thielen will hold at book signing for her newest cookbook, “The New Midwestern Table” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at First Impressions SalonSpa, 3728 Bemidji Ave. N. Thielen is the winner of the 2012 James Beard Journalism Award and writes for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

FRIDAY

Bemidji Community Theater, in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, will present Rogers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. The audience will be swept away to 19th Century Siam as seen through the eyes of British governess Anna, who was brought to Siam by the King, who wants to educate his family in western ways. Local actors will portray the king’s family and sing the familiar songs: “Hello Young Lovers” and “Getting to Know You” under the musical direction of Karen Bradley. Director Mary Knox Johnson, known for her elaborate sets and costumes will not disappoint, in this production based on Margaret Landon’s 1944 novel, “Anna and the King of Siam,” taken from the memoirs of Anna Leonowers. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children (17 and younger) and are on sale now at Shannon’s Art and Soul and Iverson’s Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji and Ken K. Thompson at the mall.

Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will have a 7:30 p.m. production of its holiday production “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets online at longlaketheater.com or by calling (218) 732-0099.

A Madrigal Dinner will be held at 7 p.m. in the Beaux Arts Ballroom. Tickets are still available at the Madrigal Dinner Office, Room 223 in Bangsberg: ticket office open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All tickets are $38 for dinner and performance.

SATURDAY

The Artist’s Mall in Walker will host a book signing for local authors from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 406 Minnesota Ave. The authors who will appear are Louane Beyer (“Lost in the Amazon”), Joanna Dymond (“Crazy as a Loon”), Deborah Jensen (“Beyond Escape”) and Jeanette Lukowski (“Heart Scars”). The authors write in different genres that appeal to a wide range of readers. Purchased volumes will be gift-wrapped at this special holiday Christmas Boutique reception.

Final performance of the Madrigal Dinner at 7 p.m. in the Beaux Arts Ballroom. Tickets are still available at the Madrigal Dinner Office, Room 223 in Bangsberg: ticket office open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. All tickets are $38 for dinner and performance.

Bemidji Community Theater, in collaboration with the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, will present Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW.

Long Lake Theater in Hubbard will have a 3 p.m. matinee and a 7:30 p.m. performance of its holiday production “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets online at longlaketheater.com or by calling (218) 732-0099.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Final performance Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “The King and I” at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW.

Varsity Singers concert at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in Thompson Recital Hall.

On Dec. 15, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra promises a magical afternoon with a “Russian Holiday” with soloists from the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, the North Dakota Ballet and the Thief River Falls Festival Choir. Director Alexander Platt has picked a program of Russian orchestral favorites with the GGFSO, the award winning Thief River Falls Festival Choir will lead the audience in the annual carol sing-along. During the second act the orchestra will play the best of the Nutcracker for the dancers in this beloved holiday ballet. The performance will begin at 3 p.m. at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Dakota. Tickets at the Fritz box office (701) 777-4090 are $20 for adults and $12 for students and military.

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