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BEMIDJI - The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra wraps up its 73rd season Sunday with its "Made in America" concert, featuring a program of "American History."

The event includes the work of composer Chris Brubeck, narration by Clay Jenkinson and Beverly Everett directing.

Starting at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of Bemidji High School, the assembled audience will be taken back in time to the late 1880's in the North Dakota Badlands, where Theodore Roosevelt rode the range as interpreted by Brubeck in his three movement composition, "Roosevelt in Cowboy Land."

In the second half of the program, music representative of the Roosevelt White House will be played.

Brubeck's composition was commissioned by the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony Orchestra in partnership with the Theodore Roosevelt Center of Dickinson (N.D.) State University.

Everett said the composer was her first choice for the project, and the piece is all she had hoped for and more. To add to the drama of the music, Clay Jenkinson will tell the story of one of the most farsighted and energetic men to have lived in a pivotal time in history - his and our nation's. Everett promises a concert that will be talked about for years.

The second half of the concert, the audience will hear music that was similarly played at the White House, classical to rag time: Saint Saens "The Swan," David Popper's "Vito," Virgil Thompson's "The Plow that Broke the Plains" and Scott Joplin's "Maple Leaf Rag."

At the concert's conclusion, Everett, Brubeck and Jenkinson will talk with the audience, fielding questions about the program or related topics. The trio will assemble at the front of the stage and audience members are asked to move forward and take a seat.

Tickets for the concert are available at Lueken's Village Foods North, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant and online at

Tickets cost $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62 and older, $10 for college students with a valid ID and free for grades K-12.

The doors will open at 2:30 p.m. Afterglow at Brigid's Cross in downtown Bemidji will begin after the concert.