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Pioneer Previews: Bemidji Chorale to present concerts today

Bemidji Chorale, BSO and Bemidji State University Midiots and Voltage perform starting today.

The Bemidji Chorale under the direction of Patricia Mason and accom-panied by Wayne Hoff will give their 33rd Annual Christmas Concert at 3 and 7 p.m. today at the First Lutheran Church. For more information on the program, please see Area Voices Arts blog in center section of on-line edition, The concert is free and open to the public and a free will offering will be accepted by chorale members. Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Bemidji High School winter concert will be performed at 4 p.m. Monday in Band Room 4132 of the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. This concert is free and open to the public.

Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its Winter Concert 6:30 p.m. Monday at Bemidji High School. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Midiots and Voltage (also known as the Bemidji State University Electronic Music Ensemble) will be presenting their premier performance starting at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 15th Street and Birchmont Drive on the campus of BSU. The concert is free and open to the public. An educational demonstration of the MIDI instruments will be given by the performers: Del Lyren and Erika Svanoe (Electric Wind); Eric Sundeen (MalletKat); Greg Gaston (Wavedrum and MIDI percussion) and Matt Foster (Bass and FX). The group will perform an eclectic mixture of musical genres ranging from original contemporary instrumental compositions to atmospheric soundscapes; in other words from SciFi to Miles Davis.

Bemidji High School Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert will begin at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the performance area of the B.H.S. Performing Arts Center.

"Messiah Holiday Concert" will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at B.H.S. with singers from local choral groups and community members. This familiar holiday concert invites the public to sing along with members of local choral groups for selections from Handel's "Messiah." Musical scores will be available for those who bring their own copy. Amber Joel, a BSU music student, will sing "Rejoice Greatly." In tribute to the 200 anniversary of Mazart's death, Gretchen Rusch will play the first movement of Mozart's Oboe Concerto. Amanda Boring, a BSU music student, will sing "Alleluia" from "Exultate Jubilate" by Mozart. Other holiday favorites will also be on the program. Tickets will be available at the door: $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for college students with ID. Children grades K through 12 are admitted free. For those who hold BSO Season Tickets, the Holiday Concert is included as part of the season.

Bemidji Middle School Orchestra Concert will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday in the Choir Room 4119 performance area of the B.H.S. Performing Arts Center. This concert is free and open to the public.

Library Book Club

"Cold Mountain" by Charles Frazier will be the next reading for the book discussions at noon on Dec. 5 and 7 p.m., Dec. 8. Extra copies of the book are available at the Bemidji Public Library.

History Center Fundraiser

The Blackduck History Center and Art Gallery will welcome visitors to the center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for its annual "Cookies by the Pound" fundraiser. Traditional specialty items will be available for as long as they last. The Center's Gift Shop and displays will be open during the fundraiser.


Shadowbox Theatre Class with Margaret Burger. Tell a story with "Shadowbox Theatre," an imaginative toy theatre form that awakens in the dark of winter. Create cardboard characters, props, and scenery to move and talk your shadows to life! Classes are from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 14 and from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday and Dec. 17. Each workshop is $5 per person for ages seven and up; sign up a few classes or a series by calling HSMA at 444-5606 or stop by to register in person.

"Winter Wonderland" at 1 p.m. Dec 17 at Gallery North with Marion Reil. Students will paint a watercolor winter nature scene of their choosing or a study will be provided. Participants will paint a winter landscape "playing with snow" using a variety of watercolor methods. Students will complete and mat a picture. Class fee is $45. All materials are provided. Registrations taken at Gallery North. No experience necessary.

Art Installations for December

Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gift is a boutique which offers art and fine craft from over 60 different artisans, Bad Cat also has an eclectic collection of fun gifts and contemporary accessories for wear and home décor. 315 Irvine Ave. NW.

Bemidji Community Arts Center "It's Only Clay," a national juried ceramics exhibit will be up until Dec. 21. BCAC and Shop 426 are free and open to the public noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 426 Bemidji Ave. N.

Beltrami County History Center in conjunction with Gallery North presents "Fall Reflections," a collection of works celebrating autumn. The newest exhibit "Beltrami County in Mark Twain's Time" explores the happenings in Beltrami County during Twain's life time (1835-1910). For hours, call 444-3376.

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave., will be hosting painter Gabriel Nordby and his work for the month of December.

Cabin Coffee House and Café is presenting outdoor photographer Todd Geiger and his year in review show for the month of December. The Cabin is open seven days a week at 214 3rd St.

Center for Therapeutic Arts, 521 Minnesota Ave., will present Malisa R. Van Maasdam and her mixed media exhibit "A-Z," a contemporary approach to the alphabet with strict lines and sharp contrasts.

Gallery North is hosting its annual Christmas Boutique with a variety of artwork and fine craft from member artists. Gallery North is located in the shops at the foot of the Irvine Street Bridge at 502 3rd St.

Glazed and Amused is showcasing the work of Norma Frisk and Sue Smith for the month of December. Glazed and Amused is a paint-your-own ceramic studio which features a wide variety of pieces to paint, functional to decorative. They are located at 311 3rd St. and open Tuesday through Saturday.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 521 Minnesota Ave., is hosting Alice Blessing and her exhibit "Miss Shapen," a series of paintings about the relationship of toddler beauty pageants to real life.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St., is welcoming Melissa Moss of Blueleaf Photographs and her exhibit, "Serenity" until the end of the year. A price list is available at the front desk.

Northwoods Gallery, 218 3rd St. NW, featured artists are Jane Freeman, Don Houseman and Terry Honstead.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave., will host the work of photographer Cal Rice, prints of the flora and fauna of Costa Rica, until January 4.

Dunn Bros Coffee will be hosting Tom Dunn, an internationally award winning photographer, and his black and white images from travels abroad and in Minnesota for the month of December. Dunn Bros is open seven days a week at 501 Paul Bunyan Dr. S.

Fleur de Lis Gallery located in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., has local and regional artists now showing in the gallery. The gallery is open any time the sign is outside the building.

Studio 10 Artists have a new collection at the historic Chief Theater for the first two weeks of December.

Ongoing events

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

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

- Headwaters Basketmakers Guild meets on third Saturday of the month; contact

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