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Pioneer Previews for Nov. 11: Bemidji Symphony opens 74th season today

BEMIDJI –“Music and War,” the second concert of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra’s 74th Season begins at 3 p.m. today at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Wesley Baldwin, principal cellist of the New World Symphony, will perform Edward Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85. A soloist who has appeared internationally, Baldwin is a music professor at the University of Tennessee. Under the baton of Beverly Everett, the orchestra will also perform Wagner’s Prelude to Act II of Tannhauser, Blades of Grass by Cascarino, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67. Everett will hold a post-concert conversation immediately following the performance.

As a tribute to Veteran’s Day, all veterans of the United States Armed Forces are invited to attend the concert. Complimentary tickets can be picked up at the door on the day of the concert.

Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens 62 and over and $10 for college students with a valid ID. Students in grades K-12 are admitted free. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Lueken’s Village Foods North, Brigid’s Pub or on-line at

“Oliver!” at 2 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW, in a collaboration of the Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse. This musical rendition of the story by Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, tells the story of an orphan boy in England in the 1884. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children (17 and under) with a $1 refund per ticket with a donation to the Bemidji Food Shelf at the Box Office.

Junior Voice Recital for Ronald Lovelace, baritone, at 3 p.m. today in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, Birchmont Drive and 14th Street. Open to the public at no charge.

If fiddling, world-ranked step dancing and beautiful vocal harmonies peak your interest, be sure to attend the performance by The Hunts at 7:30 tonight at the BHS auditorium as part of the Headwaters Concert Series.  This family group performs a wide spectrum of musical genres: Celtic, country, rock and original compositions. Tickets at the door will be $20 for adults and $5 for students. This is a show that is suitable for all ages.


Today is the last day to submit nominations for the Sally Awards of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts. The awards recognize individuals and organizations throughout Minnesota for their contributions to the region’s artistic vitality. Access for the on-line application.


Region 2 Arts Council will be holding a Listening Session from 5:30-6:30 p.m. to gather community input on the needs of artists and arts organizations in Beltrami County. The session will be held at the R2AC office in the basement of the Carnegie Library Building, 426 Bemidji Ave. N. Please register in advance by calling 751-5447 or email This meeting is free and open to the public.


Bemidji Trombones will be presenting their annual concert at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.


“Oliver!” at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater.

Michael W. Smith in concert with L’Angeles, a family Zydego Cajun group,  at 7 p.m. in the BHS auditorium. The Wonder, Worship and Glory Tour Tickets are $35 artist circle and $25 general admission. Tickets on-line at or by calling 877-435-9849. This concert is appropriate for all age groups.


Book Signing with Michael Frickstad, BSU alum, of his new novel, “The Storyteller” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Book World, 316 Beltrami Ave. NW.

Book signing and reading with Louane Beyer and her granddaughter Allie at 12:30 p.m. at the Cabin Coffee House and Café, 214 3rd St. NW. They will be presenting “Six Days Inside A Mountain” by Beyer.

Music faculty will present a recital at 3 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. Soprano Linda Wagner and flutist Susan Nelson will be joined by Erika Svanoe, clarinet and Eric Sundeen, percussion in program of music by contemporary American and British composers and more traditional repertory from the 19th century. Guest pianist Wayne Hoff will accompany the faculty performers. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

“Tiptoe Through the 60’s,” a multimedia show on the 1960s with music, history, photos and dialogue. Prudence Johnson and Don Chouinard are the artists for this free Legacy Event starting at 7 p.m. at the BHS auditorium.

“Oliver!” at 7:30 p.m. at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.

November Art Installations

A complete listing of all the artists and venues can be found on the Bemidji Community Arts Center website at

Historic Furrier Display at the Blackduck Area History and Art Center, Main and Margaret Street, in downtown Blackduck. The show contains memorabilia from the collection of Nanette Barthelemy: a 1936 OSANN Fur Machine and tools of the trade used by Felix Barthelemy in his Bemidji based business from 1936 to 1969.  The display will be up during November and December. Hours are 1-4 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

Ongoing Exhibits

Brigid’s Pub installation of “Wonderful Animals” by the Artists of Studio 10 in all media will begin with a 5-7 p.m. reception at 317 Beltrami Ave. NW.

“Paul and Babe,” works by Artists of Studio 10 are on exhibit in the lobby of the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW.

Northwoods Gallery at 218 3rd St. NW has a display of work by Jane Freeman and D. L. Houseman.

Ravenrock Fine Jewelry and Art’s new installation by the Artists of Studio 10 is “Transitions,” an interpretation in all media: pastels, watercolors, acrylics, oil and mixed media.


Watercolor painting class from 1-4 p.m. at Gallery North. Call 444-9813 for more information.

“No Risk” workshop funding is available now at R2AC. The workshops are open to artists in the Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties. Applicants must submit an application for a workshop that focuses on learning experiences for adult artists and be open to the public. Proposals are considered on an on-going basis and funds are limited. Applications at or call 218-751-5447 for more information.

The following are the workshops of the November 2012 Artists Series through the Bemidji Community Arts Center. Contact BCAC at 444-7570 or for more information or to register.

Introduction to Pastel Painting with Kathy Gustafson from 6-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; $75 for member and $90 non-member and $30 materials fee.

Intermediate Water Color with Pat Shough from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

Paper Weaving and Folding with Patty Lovegreen from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. $40 for member and $50 for non-member; materials fee $12.

Upcoming events

Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Keg and Cork in downtown Bemidji. Slammers will present three original works under three minutes each with five judges. More information to follow, a joint collaboration of the Bemidji Public Library and Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Contact March Muirhead, coordinator, at 556-6313.

Madrigal Dinner Tickets on sale now in the Madrigal Dinner Ticket Office, Bangsberg 223.

The date for the “Oxcars” Awards celebration to recognize the work of non-professional regional theaters has changed to Dec. 8.