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Pioneer Previews for October 6: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra opens season today

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra begins its 75th Anniversary season today with "Fanfare," a piece commissioned for composer Stuart Dorsey in celebration of the BSO milestone.

Internationally traveled as a musician, Michael Hanson, will be featured in the Concerto for Saxophone by Lars-Erik Larsson. Hanson is an award-winning concert saxophonist who currently lives in Bemidji but has traveled across the U.S. and Canada as well as numerous European cities.

The second half of the program, "Nordic Celebrations!" will bring former conductor Thomas Swanson back to the podium to conduct Sibelius’ interpretations of Nordic fantasy with the symphonic poem, "Finlandia."

Music Director Beverly Everett will conduct the final piece, Symphony No. 2 by Sibelius. Everett will hold a conversation immediately following the conclusion of the concert.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School auditorium. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens aged 62 and older, $10 for college students with identification, and free for students in grades K-12. Tickets may also be bought at Lueken’s Village foods or online at

- Congratulations to Bemidji authors Louane Beyer and Deborah K. Jensen ("Lost in the Amazon" and "Beyond Escape" respectively) who have been accepted to promote and sell their work at the 13th Annual Twin Cities Book Fest on Oct. 12 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. And to local author Roy C. Booth for his young adult novel, "Dandelion," co-written by Geoffrey Greet and published by Knuckledown Press.

- Local artist Marley Kaul opened his one-man show Oct. 4 at the Anderson Center in Red Wing. Kaul is considered a contemporary master in egg tempera painting and a former professor of fine art at Bemidji State University.


Bemidji Public Library will hold its monthly book discussion featuring "Orphan Train" by Christina Kline at noon in the front meeting room.


The fall lecture series of Adventures in Lifelong Learning continues with Marla Huss and "The David Park House: National Historic Register."

Huss will talk about the house, along with one of the children who grew up in it and how the building is being used today. The lectures are free and open to the public; coffee and bars are served before the start of the program which runs from 10 -11:30 a.m. in the Roger Spiry Community Room of Beltrami Electric Cooperative, 4111 Technology Drive NW. ALL is self-supporting and depends upon the generosity of members; please see membership forms at each presentation.

- Headwaters Center for Lifelong Learning will meet 1-2:30 p.m. on "Travels to Vietnam and Cambodia" with Carolyn and Maurice Spangler, who will share pictures and memories from their trip. A free-will offering will be accepted to offset expenses and membership forms will be available at each presentation. HCLL meets in the Northwoods Bank Community Room, U.S. Highway 34 E in Park Rapids.

- Bemidji Public Library will hold its monthly book discussion featuring "Orphan Train" by Christina Kline at 7 p.m. in the front meeting room.

- The St. Paul Rose Ensemble will be performing at 7 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive on the campus of Bemidji State University. The ensemble will be performing as part of its eighth annual Greater Minnesota Tour: "The Roots of Bluegrass: A Journey Through America’s Folk, Old Time, and Gospel Traditions." This concert is open to the public at no charge.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning fall lecture series continues with "Miami to Havana: Culture Shock in 45 Minutes" with photographer Cal Rice at Elim Church in Clearbrook. Rice will show photographs of Cuba as it exists today experienced during his recent trip to a country so close to the U.S. mainland but politically remote and isolated by government policy.

Board members will welcome the public to this free concert/lecture starting at 9 a.m. for coffee and bars. The lecture series is free but a free will-offering will be accepted to offset hospitality costs. To become a member of NELL, stop by the registration desk.


Auditions will be held for "A Christmas Carol" at the Long Lake Theater for children and adults of all ages and experience from 7-9 p.m. at Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. Call or text director Bryan Gallagher at 864-346-0113 with questions.


The Paul Bunyan Playhouse artistic director Zach Curtis will hold auditions for the 2014 summer season from 2-6 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Casting for up to 35 adult roles in "Noises Off," "I Do, I Do," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and "Annie." All the roles in "The 39 Steps" and Daddy Warbucks and Miss Hannigan have been cast.

Those wishing to audition should prepare 16 bars of an up tempo song and a one- to two-minute comedic monologue or cold read from one of the scripts from the shows. If interested in "Noises Off" no need to do musical part of audition.

Those interested will be taken on a first-come basis. Please note that these auditions are for adults. The youth auditions for roles in "Annie" will be held in the spring.

- Auditions for will be held for "A Christmas Carol" at the Long Lake Theater for children and adults of all ages and experience from 11 am. to 1 p.m. at Long Lake Theater in Hubbard. Call or text director Bryan Gallagher at 864-346-0113 with questions.


All Tuba and Euphonium players are encouraged to participate in MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS at 1 p.m. Dec. 7 in the Paul Bunyan Mall. Call the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts at 444-5606 to register by Nov. 30. The fee to participate is $10. This musical event has been presented for the past 40-years and features traditional Christmas Carols arranged by TUBACHRISTMAS by American composer Alec Wilder.

-First City Singers is a non-auditioned chorus program for "seniors" who love to sing and perform. Rehearsals are held from 1-2 p.m. on Mondays at HSMA, on Minnesota Avenue. The group performs the third Monday at Havenwood Care Center, the third Wednesday at GoldPine, the third Friday at Baker Park, the last Monday of the month at either WindSong or Tamarack Assisted Living; and the last Tuesday of the month at Neilson Place. Call Arlys at 444-6653 or Donna at 444-3296 for more information.


Web Photography for Artists with Cal Rice will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at Blank Canvas Gallery, 311 South Main Ave. in Park Rapids. Open to artists who wish to photograph their work for use on websites, Facebook, online gallery, etsy or another online use. The deadline to register is Oct. 9 and to reserve a space, email or call 218-237-2770 or 218-847-3519. Make checks payable to Region 2 Arts Council and deliver or mail to Blank Canvas Gallery at P.O. Box 721, Park Rapids, MN 56470. The fee is $25 and there will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled.


The Talley Gallery presents "Survivors" by Jason Godeke, associate professor of drawing and design at the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. Godeke’s sculptures explore the theatrical narratives with themes found in personal experiences, myths and historical events. The gallery is located in Room 212 of Bensen Hall and is barrier free and open to the public at no charge. Call 755-3708 for hours.

- "An Evening on Broadway" with music from the early musicals of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to more contemporary composers such as Stephen Schwartz ("Pippin" and "Godspel"l) and Eric Idle ("Monty Python"). Opera Night favorites—Amanda Boring, Mark Christensen, Matt Goinz and Cory Renbarger—headline the singers who will be appearing. The evening will start with a social hour from 5:30–6:30 p.m. at which time the attendees will move into the Mississippi Room for a gourmet dinner by Chef Leonard of the Hampton Inn; the evening will end by 8:30 p.m.

The tickets are $60 each with proceeds going to the performers and the scholarship fund for the student singers at the annual June Opera Fest. The seating will be limited to 100 people for the event which will be held Oct. 23 at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Contact Fulton Gallagher at or 586-2536 for more information on the menu choices from chicken, fish to vegan.