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Pioneer Previews for May 5: BSO tackles Brahms for final concert

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BEMIDJI — The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, with the Bemidji Chorale and Bemidji State University Choir, will take the stage at 3 p.m. today for the long-awaited and anticipated Brahms’ "German Requiem," the final concert of the season "Music and Words." Bemidji audiences will have the opportunity to see and hear soloists who have attained major success in their fields. Edward Huls, the guest baritone, has appeared with the Chicago Lyric Opera and New York City Opera and made his Carnegie Hall debut with Brahms’ "Requiem." Jennifer Swanson, a former member of the BSU Department of Music returns for this concert as a soprano soloist.

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"Requiem" is considered to be one of Brahms’ most important works and one of the most influential works of all time. For the chorus members and BSO instrumentalists, this performance signifies an impressive undertaking, as it is a singularly difficult piece of music. The concert is funded by a generous gift from the Lueken Family Foundation.

Tickets are available at the door are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens 62 and older, and $10 for college students with valid ID. Students in grades k-12 are admitted free. All seats are general admission.

Monday

The monthly Bemidji Library book discussion begins at noon in the front meeting room with "Life of Pi" by Yan Martell. The session is free and open to the public. The novel is a masterful work that is both the story of a young castaway who faces immeasurable hardships on the high seas and a meditation on religion, faith, art and life that is as witty as it is profound.

Tuesday

Nancy Scheibe will present at the Bemidji Public Library discuss her two river stories books, "Ripples Of Wisdom: A Journey through Mud and Truth" and "Water Women Wisdom; Voices from the Upper Mississippi." She will appear at 7 p.m. at the library. The event is free.

Wednesday

Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning will present Heidi Schneider at 9:30 a.m. at Faith Lutheran Church in Bagley. Schneider, from the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas, will discuss Honoring Our Neighbors Faith.

NELL lectures are open to the public; a free-will offering is accepted for refreshments.

Thursday

A Clearwater County Community Collaboration for the Arts workshop is 5-9 p.m. at Bagley High School. Artists, art supporters, nonprofits and business owners interested in bringing arts innovation and collaboration to Clearwater County are encouraged to attend.

Friday/Saturday

"Arsenic and Old Lace," a production of Bemidji Community Theater, opens at 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Written by Joseph Kesselring and directed by Derrick Houle, the show costs $12 for adults and $6 for children.

Sunday

"Arsenic and Old Lace," a production of Bemidji Community Theater, will be performed at 2 p.m. at the Chief Theater. $12 for adults and $6 for children. Attendees can also receive 15 percent off the cost of the Mother’s Day Brunch at Tutto Bene (drinks not included) with proof of purchase.

Ongoing

Ongoing exhibits can be accessed through the Bemidji Community Arts Center website.

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