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Pioneer Previews: 'Defiant Requiem' to be broadcast on radio

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The performance of "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin" which was performed by the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Chorale and the Bemidji State University Chorus with guest soloists last May at Bemidji High School will be broadcast at 8 p.m. today, July 24 on KCRB 88.5 FM.

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The concert that brought the audience to a stunned silence was conducted by Murry Sidlin, the creator of the multimedia production, with dialog spoken by members of Theater B of Fargo.

For those who did not see the original concert, the story of the performance of the Verdi Requiem is that of the triumph of the human spirit. Jewish prisoners in Terezin performed this Catholic Mass 16 times between October 1943 and June 1944 with director and composer Rafael Schaechter. As people were sent off to the death camps, Schaechter replaced his chorus from the ranks of incoming prisoners. Over time, the performances have come to illuminate the inner strength of the prisoners, their resistance to the inhuman conditions they had to endure and their psychological triumph over unspeakable cruelty.

Minnesota Public Radio personality Michael Barone will host the two-hour broadcast. Which will include an interview with Sidlin, on the local MPR classical station, 88.5 FM. The broadcast is made possible, in part, by funding from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Church Musicians

Church musicians Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present Glenn Seibel on euphonium and Wayne Hoff on piano at noon Wednesday, July 27, at United Methodist Church, Ninth Street and Beltrami Ave. N.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.

'Marriage of Figaro'

Don't be left out for the Loon Opera Company production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," to be 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. Mozart's iconic opera is a romantic comedy that begins with Figaro and Susanna preparing for their wedding night. It is considered one of Mozart's finest and funniest operas. Contact Abe Hunter at Loon Opera Company, 1007 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji, MN 56601 or 368-8805. Tickets are $25 for orchestra, $20 for balcony and $10 for partially obstructed view (first row of the balcony). Check out the website at www.loonoperacompany.com for more information about this production. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

'Petite Rouge'

The Mask and Rose Women's Collective will present "Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, through 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 Northwest and Bemidji Avenue North. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for K-12 and free for preschoolers. Tickets are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door.

'The Music Man'

Northern Light Opera Company will present "The Music Man" at 7:30 p.m. July 29-31 and Aug. 4-6, and 3 p.m. July 31 at Park Rapids Area High School. Julie Kaiser plays Eulalie Mckeckne, the River City, Iowa, mayor's wife; John Peterson, BSU graduate from Erskine, is a member of the bickering school board that forms 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 River City of 1912 come to life, mirroring the energy that David Konshok brings to the role of Harold Hill.

Desserts by Design

The third annual Desserts by Design fundraiser for the BSO is looking for volunteers to donate desserts or to design a table. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center. Contact Jeanette Halcrow at 444-2689 or Carol Milowski at 444-4344 for more information.

'Taste of Broadway'

The Walker Area Foundation Chorale will hold its Taste of Broadway III fundraiser Monday, Aug. 8, at the Northern Lights Casino, 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. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table of 10. For reservations, call 218-547-2865.

Pottery workshop

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering an introductory pottery workshop with artist Peter Young from 6-10 p.m. August 1, 2 and 15 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. Participants will be introduced to a brief history of pottery and will learn pottery vocabulary and basic techniques to construct a pinch pot and a coil pot using various glazes and glazing techniques. Each participant will be able to design, glaze and fire a pot of his or her choice. Necessary materials include a mold/bowl, rolling pin, texture tool, newspaper, hair dryer, towel and a one-gallon bucket. Class size is limited and the registration deadline is July 24. To register or for information on cost, contact Judy Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or judy@jwinc.org, or check the BCG website at http://blankcanvasgallery.org. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by Region 2 Arts Council through the funding from the Minnesota Legislature.

Art exhibits

E Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display "Put a Bird on It," a collection of pieces from artists in all media focusing on a bird theme. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique that features art and fine crafts by more than 60 area artists and an eclectic collection of gifts and contemporary accessories.

E Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N., has two separate exhibits; the Main Gallery features "A Creative Partnership" by John Kolb and Linda Acklund Kolb. He works in acrylic and she with pastels on a beeswax ground, and they complement each other with form. Photographer Sean McCroy in Gallery X2 explores a different side of our city that takes us through the overlooked alleys and side roads that have a beauty of their own in "Walking Behind Bemidji." Gift Shop 426 is open during museum hours of noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

E Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display an exhibit of painting by Terry Honstead and her work, "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media based upon ideas gleaned from reading books.

E Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., will exhibit the work of impressionist painter Alice Blessing for the month of July. Brigid's Cross is open seven days a week.

E Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has two exhibits on display: watercolor painter and illustrator Audrey Merschman and wildlife photographer Cheryl Windels for the month of July. Merschman is the resident artist at the Cabin and has a display of cards and paintings for sale. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

E Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes painter Pat Shough/Sillimandi and her newer works: landscapes, flowers and birds. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

E Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., showcase artist for July is Joan Wilson, who paints portraits, outdoor landscapes and is also a photographer. Featured gallery artist of the month is Marion Reil, watercolor instructor and painter. For more information, email galleryn@paulbunyan.net.

E Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., welcomes artist Mary Lingen, whose display will remain in place July through October. A price list of her work is at the front desk.

E Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop, 218 Third St. N.W., has original artwork from Jane Freeman, Don Houseman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Schnell, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Terry Honstead and Duane Shoup.

E Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Maureen O'Brien and her acrylics on canvas and prints on metal substrate that focus on the serenity of the northern Minnesota forest. Wild Hare is closed Sundays.

E Yellow Umbrella, 202 Third St. N.W., features the work of local artisans: wood carvings, prints, watercolors, photos, etc.

E Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

E Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of artwork. The restaurant is closed Sundays.

E The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. N., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming Events

E "The Full Monty" will open at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse for a two-week run.

E "Rent," a modern-day rock opera by Jonathan Larson by the Crimson Creek Players will open Aug. 2 in Grand Forks. For information, ggfct.com.

E Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays at 7:30 p.m.. Free to play.

E Open stage at 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays for writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

E Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ Wednesdays and Jammers Thursdays.

E Open Stage at 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers, Brigid's Cross.

E Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. S.E. The public is invited. For details, call 759-2952.

E Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on the third Saturday of the month; contact epbensum@paulbunyan.net.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or emailed to news@bemidjipioneer.com.

The performance of "Defiant Requiem: Verdi at Terezin" which was performed by the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Chorale and the Bemidji State University Chorus with guest soloists last May at Bemidji High School will be broadcast at 8 p.m. today, July 24 on KCRB 88.5 FM.

The concert that brought the audience to a stunned silence was conducted by Murry Sidlin, the creator of the multimedia production, with dialog spoken by members of Theater B of Fargo.

For those who did not see the original concert, the story of the performance of the Verdi Requiem is that of the triumph of the human spirit. Jewish prisoners in Terezin performed this Catholic Mass 16 times between October 1943 and June 1944 with director and composer Rafael Schaechter. As people were sent off to the death camps, Schaechter replaced his chorus from the ranks of incoming prisoners. Over time, the performances have come to illuminate the inner strength of the prisoners, their resistance to the inhuman conditions they had to endure and their psychological triumph over unspeakable cruelty.

Minnesota Public Radio personality Michael Barone will host the two-hour broadcast. Which will include an interview with Sidlin, on the local MPR classical station, 88.5 FM. The broadcast is made possible, in part, by funding from the Legacy Amendment's Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Church Musicians

Church musicians Bemidji Area Church Musicians will present Glenn Seibel on euphonium and Wayne Hoff on piano at noon Wednesday, July 27, at United Methodist Church, Ninth Street and Beltrami Ave. N.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.

'Marriage of Figaro'

Don't be left out for the Loon Opera Company production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," to be 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. Mozart's iconic opera is a romantic comedy that begins with Figaro and Susanna preparing for their wedding night. It is considered one of Mozart's finest and funniest operas. Contact Abe Hunter at Loon Opera Company, 1007 Bemidji Ave. N., Bemidji, MN 56601 or 368-8805. Tickets are $25 for orchestra, $20 for balcony and $10 for partially obstructed view (first row of the balcony). Check out the website at www.loonoperacompany.com for more information about this production. This event is made possible in part by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

'Petite Rouge'

The Mask and Rose Women's Collective will present "Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 27, through 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 Northwest and Bemidji Avenue North. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for K-12 and free for preschoolers. Tickets are available at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and at the door.

'The Music Man'

Northern Light Opera Company will present "The Music Man" at 7:30 p.m. July 29-31 and Aug. 4-6, and 3 p.m. July 31 at Park Rapids Area High School. Julie Kaiser plays Eulalie Mckeckne, the River City, Iowa, mayor's wife; John Peterson, BSU graduate from Erskine, is a member of the bickering school board that forms 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 River City of 1912 come to life, mirroring the energy that David Konshok brings to the role of Harold Hill.

Desserts by Design

The third annual Desserts by Design fundraiser for the BSO is looking for volunteers to donate desserts or to design a table. The event will take place Friday, Sept. 23, at the Hungry Bear Conference Center. Contact Jeanette Halcrow at 444-2689 or Carol Milowski at 444-4344 for more information.

'Taste of Broadway'

The Walker Area Foundation Chorale will hold its Taste of Broadway III fundraiser Monday, Aug. 8, at the Northern Lights Casino, 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. Tickets are $50 per person or $500 per table of 10. For reservations, call 218-547-2865.

Pottery workshop

Blank Canvas Gallery and Education Center in Park Rapids is offering an introductory pottery workshop with artist Peter Young from 6-10 p.m. August 1, 2 and 15 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Park Rapids. Participants will be introduced to a brief history of pottery and will learn pottery vocabulary and basic techniques to construct a pinch pot and a coil pot using various glazes and glazing techniques. Each participant will be able to design, glaze and fire a pot of his or her choice. Necessary materials include a mold/bowl, rolling pin, texture tool, newspaper, hair dryer, towel and a one-gallon bucket. Class size is limited and the registration deadline is July 24. To register or for information on cost, contact Judy Wegenast at 218-847-3519 or judy@jwinc.org, or check the BCG website at http://blankcanvasgallery.org. This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by Region 2 Arts Council through the funding from the Minnesota Legislature.

Art exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., has on display "Put a Bird on It," a collection of pieces from artists in all media focusing on a bird theme. Bad Cat Creations is a boutique that features art and fine crafts by more than 60 area artists and an eclectic collection of gifts and contemporary accessories.

- Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N., has two separate exhibits; the Main Gallery features "A Creative Partnership" by John Kolb and Linda Acklund Kolb. He works in acrylic and she with pastels on a beeswax ground, and they complement each other with form. Photographer Sean McCroy in Gallery X2 explores a different side of our city that takes us through the overlooked alleys and side roads that have a beauty of their own in "Walking Behind Bemidji." Gift Shop 426 is open during museum hours of noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

- Bemidji Public Library Art Wall, 509 America Ave. N.W., has on display an exhibit of painting by Terry Honstead and her work, "Imagine," a collection of acrylic and mixed media based upon ideas gleaned from reading books.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., will exhibit the work of impressionist painter Alice Blessing for the month of July. Brigid's Cross is open seven days a week.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 214 Third St. N.W., has two exhibits on display: watercolor painter and illustrator Audrey Merschman and wildlife photographer Cheryl Windels for the month of July. Merschman is the resident artist at the Cabin and has a display of cards and paintings for sale. The Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., welcomes painter Pat Shough/Sillimandi and her newer works: landscapes, flowers and birds. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week.

- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., showcase artist for July is Joan Wilson, who paints portraits, outdoor landscapes and is also a photographer. Featured gallery artist of the month is Marion Reil, watercolor instructor and painter. For more information, email galleryn@paulbunyan.net.

- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., welcomes artist Mary Lingen, whose display will remain in place July through October. A price list of her work is at the front desk.

- Northwoods Gallery and Frame Shop, 218 Third St. N.W., has original artwork from Jane Freeman, Don Houseman, Kathy Gustafson, Pat Schnell, Pat Shough/Sillimandi, Terry Honstead and Duane Shoup.

- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., welcomes Maureen O'Brien and her acrylics on canvas and prints on metal substrate that focus on the serenity of the northern Minnesota forest. Wild Hare is closed Sundays.

- Yellow Umbrella, 202 Third St. N.W., features the work of local artisans: wood carvings, prints, watercolors, photos, etc.

- Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display works of watercolor artist Judy Selby.

- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., a restaurant and art gallery, has an ongoing display of artwork. The restaurant is closed Sundays.

- The Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave. N., by the statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe, has a map and information on the pieces included in the Bemidji Sculpture Walk.

Upcoming Events

- "The Full Monty" will open at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse for a two-week run.

- "Rent," a modern-day rock opera by Jonathan Larson by the Crimson Creek Players will open Aug. 2 in Grand Forks. For information, ggfct.com.

- Pub Trivia at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Mondays at 7:30 p.m.. Free to play.

- Open stage at 7:30 p.m. third Wednesdays for writers, poets and dreamers with Patty Byers at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub.

- Pelican Railroad performs at Backyard BBQ Wednesdays and Jammers Thursdays.

- Open Stage at 8 p.m. Thursdays for performing artists and writers, Brigid's Cross.

- Northern Artist Association meets at 12:30 p.m. on the third Monday of the month at the Eagles Club, 1270 Nielson Ave. S.E. The public is invited. For details, call 759-2952.

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on the third Saturday of the month; contact epbensum@paulbunyan.net.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or emailed to news@bemidjipioneer.com.

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