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Patt Rall Arts Column for April 22: BSO to perform final concert of season

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra welcomes a member of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for this fourth and final subscription concert of the 2009-10 season.

The concert will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 25, at Bemidji High School. The concert will begin with the Leonore Overture No. 3 by Beethoven. David Heyde will be the featured artist on the French horn in Mozart's Horn Concerto No.4 in E-flat Major, K. 495, and after intermission, the audience will hear Beethoven's Symphony No.7. For more information about the concert and soloist David Heyde, please see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

TV series

Common Ground, a new series by Lakeland Public Television, a magazine show based on Northern Minnesota's arts, history, culture and heritage airs at 7 p.m. Thursdays. This week, the featured stories are about a portrait artist from Laporte, Tom Halverson, who draws portraits of children with a fantasy twist - including mermaid tails or dragon's wings. Laura Paycer from Nisswa will demonstrate the way to make beautiful patterns with glass fusing. Candyce Fitzloff-Westfield is a jewelry artist from Walker who creates precious metal jewelry with naturalistic impressions. The shows are rebroadcast at 6 p.m. Sundays. Those interested in being featured on the show should contact Ashley Hull, Legacy Production Manager at 333-3022 or Common Ground is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Fund.

Chamber concert

The Choral Chamber Ensembles will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, in Thompson Recital Hall with a combined efforts of the Women's Chorus, which will be directed by Ashley Bremseth and Angela Hesse; The MusiKanten men's chorus directed by Jake Kaehne and Joe Colago and the Chamber Singers with student direction of Bremseth and Kaehne. P. Bradley Logan is the director of choral activities for the Department of Music at BSU. Admission is free for this concert.

Artists' reception

Talley Art Gallery will hold the opening reception for an exhibit of the art of American Indian artists Carl Gawboy, Bambi Goodwin, Duane Goodwin and Steve Premo from 4-6 p.m. Friday, April 23. Gawboy is known as the "Ojibwe Norman Rockwell" because he uses historic realism and his artwork and gives life to the Ojibwe cultural systems in everyday life, work and rituals within the context of environment and traditions. Both Goodwins are known in the arts community for their traditional work, which draws upon the natural world. Steve Premo is a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Minnesota Chippewa and is also known for his authentic portrayals of Indians. This installation will remain in place until May 7.

Musical theater

"Man of La Mancha," written by Dale Wasserman with music and lyrics by Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion, will be on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex Friday, April 23, and Saturday, April 24. The closing performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25. Tickets are $6 for students and senior citizens, $12 for adults. BSU students are admitted free with an ID. The box office phone is 755-3935 and hours are 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday and 2-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday. The box office is located in Room 101 of Bangsberg. Because of some adult themes, this production is suitable for high school age and older. For more information and some preview pictures, see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji

Folk concert

Bluebird with Jesica Conrad, Carrie Munson and Anne Will and known for its close harmonies, will be in concert at the Cabin Coffee House, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, April 23,at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 Third Street.

Original music

Jake Kaehne will perform a composition recital at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 25, in Thompson Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

Wind concert

"Songs and the Night Sky" with the BSU Wind Ensemble and the Bemidji Choir will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, on the main stage of Bangsberg Complex. The first half of the program will feature the wind ensemble which will perform music of the "Night Sky" including "Wild Nights!" by Frank Ticheli, "Mars" from "The Planets" by Gustav Holst and "The Adventures of Space Cat," a multimedia production by Mark Spede. The animation, complete with dialog and sound effects, will be accompanied by live music of the wind ensemble. For more information on "Space Cat" see or Our Voices on home page of Bemidji The second act will be "Song of Democracy" by Howard Hanson which uses the text by American poet Walt Whitman and is one of the most popular band and choral works. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and free for all students.

Band performance

BSU Trumpet Ensemble, the Woodwind Quintet and the Symphonic Band will perform in a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday April 28, in the main theater of the Bangsberg Complex. The first half of the concert will be given over to the Trumpet Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet under the direction of Del Lyren and Erika Sovanoe, respectively. More information on the program will be printed next week. The second half of the concert will be performed by the BSU Symphonic Band, an ensemble of players from the community and college under the director of Erika Sovanoe. The program will include "Midway March" by John Williams, "Overture for Winds" by Charles Carter and "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" by John Barnes Chance. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and all students are admitted free.

Art workshop

Public Art 101 Workshop, a partnership of Region 2 Art Council and Forecast Public Artworks, is an open forum for anyone who is interested in public art. The workshop will be given by Forecast Public Art Co-Founder and executive director Jack Becker. One of the aspects of public art is that it can be political and controversial and this workshop will address the potential of controversy and how to turn it into a constructive dialogue within a community. The event will be an opportunity to meet with others in the regions who are also interested in public art. The event is free and will take place from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, at the Beltrami County Administration Building, 701 Minnesota Ave. N.W. Please register in advance with Region 2 by calling 751-5447, 800-275-5447 or email

April exhibits

- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., welcomes "green" artist Jane Marks-Hastig as it is featured artist of the month showcasing fun and functional art using reclaimed glass and up-cycled items. In honor of Earth Day, Bad Cat will dedicate the entire month to April to all "green" artists and offer discounts to all shoppers who bring in a reusable shopping bag. This venue, a boutique of art and fine craft with over 50 different artists.

- Beltrami County Historical Society, in conjunction with Gallery North, will present "Birds of a Feather." The center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday and is located in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W.

- Bemidji Community Art Center welcomes the 10th Annual High School Invitational with work in a variety of mediums from BHS, Lumberjack School, TrekNorth and Cass Lake-Bena H.S. students. All proceeds from Shop 426 benefit BCAC programming and the artists of Shop 426. BCAC is free and open to the public every day but Sunday and Monday and is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

- Bemidji Public Library has on display for the month of April, the multi-disciplined artwork of Marion Caroline's "Bemidji Ecliptic." The works also includes paintings on feathers. The library is located at 509 America Ave. and is open Monday through Saturday.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. N. downtown Bemidji invites the public to view the work of Jake Anderson and his exhibit of powerful images using a technique called spray paint art. The Pub opens Monday through Saturday at noon.

- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café welcomes Danielle Blanchfield, Beth Schenck and Jacob Baggenstoss and their eclectic collection of work in photography, drawing and painting. Also on display and for sale are painting and cards by Audrey Merschman. Located at 214 Third Street, the Cabin is open seven days a week.

- Dunn Bros Coffee welcomes Jess Watnemo Storey and her exhibit, "Vision Escapes," a collection of paintings and photographs inspired by her fascination with nature and cycles of life. Also on display and for sale is pottery by Josh Boock. Open seven days a week, visit them at 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S.

- Gallery North welcomes "Budding Artists," a display of children's artwork from area daycare centers participating in the "Art in Childcare Grant." The gallery is located at 502 Third St. N.W. Their new website is

- Headwaters Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 523 America Ave. N., is hosting former Bemidjian and fabric artist Pat Black for the month of April. Viewing hours are from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Sunday. For further information, call 751-9654.

- Mask and Rose Women's Theater collective's new exhibit in the Fleur de Lis Gallery is "Mother Art." The exhibit features female artists from the region and is a part of Women's History Month Celebration. The gallery is located in the Wild RoseTheater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

- Neilson Place and the North Country Health Services Art Committee are pleased to host photographer Kate Lalone and her exhibit "Visions of Life," a photo that spans 94 years of living and exhibit that challenges us to view perspectives of life through all senses. The exhibit will be up through June for the pleasure of residents, families, staff and the community at large. Her work is for sale and a price list will be at the reception desk. Neilson Place is located at1000 Anne St. N.W.

- Wild Hare Coffee House and Bistro, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., has on display new works of ceramicist Cyrus Swann, "Magic and Medicine." The Bistro is open from Monday through Saturday.

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 new art work by Michael De Witt, Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough (Sillimundi) Michael Thomas Sunnarborg and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

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

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

- "Upper Shores," with Miriam Tell, 3 p.m., Saturday, May 1, at the Beltrami County History Center.

- Bemidji Chorale Spring Concert, 7 p.m. Sunday, May 9, Beaux Arts Ball Room.

- Brigid's Cross Irish Pub hosts Open Stage at 9 p.m. every Thursday. Call 444-0567 for more information.

- Pelican Railroad 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. every Wednesday at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to