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Pioneer Previews for Nov. 3: Two musical performances today

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BEMIDJI — Two musical performances are on the agenda today for Bemidjians, from the Choir Fall Festival to the Trombone Choir. Both events are sure to please the most ardent fan.

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- The Choir Festival will begin at 3 p.m. on the main stage of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex at Bemidji State University, located at 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast All of the choral groups, auditioned and just for the love of singing, will perform.

The men’s chorus, Musikanten, will begin the program with two works conducted by co-directors Ron Lovelace and Charlie Stier. Steve Resnick, director of the Varsity Singers, has a mixed selection of choral pieces from Mozart to Broadway. The Chamber Singers, under the direction of Bradley Logan and student director Charlie Stier, will offer a short program of choral literature dating from the 16 to 20th centuries.

The Bemidji Choir with Bradley Logan will perform after the intermission with a program spanning the "Ave Maria" by 15th century Josquin des Pres to a duet with tenor Luke Barnard and soprano Amanda Boring in "Witness," a modern piece by Stacey Gibbs.

- The Trombone Choir will perform a mixed program of Baroque music: Haydn, Handel and Bach. There is one romantic piece, "Nimrod," from the Enigma Variations by Sir Edward Elgar and a tonal piece by Eric Ewazen, a Fanfare written for the Juilliard School of Music’s Trombone Choir. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg and is free and open to the public.

MONDAY

The Bemidji Public Library monthly book discussion group will meet at noon in the front meeting room. Members will discuss "Grand Central Winter" by Lee Stringer as a lead-in to community events that are focusing on National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 16-24. It is free and open to the public.

TUESDAY

The final talk for the fall lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning will be "Bacteria, Bees and Other Stories about Science" by Patrick Guilfoile, associate vice president at Bemidji State University. The focus of the talk will be to provide a glimpse of the critical but largely unappreciated roll microbes play in both damaging and sustaining our health.

The presentation will begin at 10 a.m. in the Roger Spiry Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperation, 4111 Technology Drive NW. The talk is open to the public at no charge, though a free-will offering will be accepted for the refreshments.

- The Bemidji Public Library monthly book discussion group will meet at 7 p.m. in the front meeting room. Members will discuss "Grand Central Winter" by Lee Stringer as a lead-in to the community events that are focusing on National Hunger and Homeless Awareness Week, Nov. 16-24. Free and open to the public.

THURSDAY

The Bemidji High School musical, "Beauty and the Beast," will be performed at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults, $ for students.

FRIDAY

The Bemidji High School musical, "Beauty and the Beast," will be performed at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults, $ for students.

- This is the last day to register for a "Work of Art" workshop with Anna Metcaffe from Springboard for the Arts. It will be held for area artisans from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Roger Spiry Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperation, 4111 Technology Drive NW.

This free workshop will explore ways for artists to access multiple funding sources. RSVP to Region 2 Arts Council by Nov. 8 to reserve a seat by calling 751-547 or emailing staff@r2arts.org.

SATURDAY

The Bemidji High School musical, "Beauty and the Beast," will be performed at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults, $ for students.

UPCOMING EVENTS

- Homecoming Celebrations! with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 at Bemidji High School with Eric Haugen playing the Dvorak cello concerto.

- "Evita," a modern rock opera by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice, directed by Cate Belleveau of the Mask and Rose Women’s Theater with musical direction by Melanie Hanson. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 14-16,18, 21-23 and at 2 p.m. Nov. 16. Tickets are on sale now at Brigid’s Pub or by emailing maskrose57@gmail.com. Adults are $14-20, students and seniors $8, K -12 students, $5.

- McInnis’ Kitchen, a Celtic group grounded in traditional Irish, Newfoundland, Scottish and Cape Breton music; 7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Historic Chief Theater. Tickets are $20, at Brigid’s Pub, Kelsey’s Jewelry in downtown Bemidji and Overbeek’s Music, or by calling 209-7884.

- Early Music Ensemble, a concert of music from the court of Louis XIV and Louis XV; 3 p.m. Nov. 17 in Thompson Recital Hall, free.

- "Rigoletto" from Mantua; 2 p.m, Nov. 16 at the Bemidji Theater; tickets at the door, $20 adults, $10 students.

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