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Pioneer Previews for Nov. 25: Bemidji Chorale concert changes location

BEMIDJI – The annual Christmas concert of the Bemidji Chorale is changing its location this year to the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Road SW.

The performances, at 3 and 7 p.m. Dec. 2, offer a varied program of old favorites to new twists on familiar carols. The Chorale’s own John Stewart’s new setting for the Agnus Dei, “Rejoice” by Minnesota composer David Dickau has a jazz feel with saxophone and string bass accompaniment. Also included will be works by John Rutter and Paul Branvik; conductor Patricia Mason promises something for everyone. A free-will offering will be accepted at the door and the always welcome coffee, treats and conversations with the singers will follow each concert.

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra’s Messiah Holiday Concert at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4 at the Bemidji High School. The program will include holiday favorites and the traditional audience Messiah Sing-Along with “ringers” from the Bemidji Chorale to bolster the confidence of the community singers. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, $10 for college students with valid ID and free for students K-12. Tickets are available now at Leuken’s Village Foods North and Brigid’s Pub in downtown Bemidji or online at Tickets will also be available at the door the day of performance.

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS® 2012 will celebrate its 37th anniversary this year with tuba concerts presented in more than 250 cities across the United States and several foreign countries Dec. 8. Tuba and euphonium players are encouraged to call the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts to sign up and be a part of this holiday tradition. The deadline to register is Friday and there will be one rehearsal at 10 a.m. Dec. 8 and a 2 p.m. performance at the Paul Bunyan Mall.

Call HSMA at 444-5606 to register.

Big Band Experience with Shaun Johnson brings the sounds of Sinatra and Buble’ to Bemidji. A fundraiser to support the Paul Bunyan Playhouse will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Bemidji High School auditorium. Tickets are $25 in advance at Marketplace Foods, the radio stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and online at Tickets at the door will be $30. This concert is presented by Marketplace Foods, First National Bank Bemidji, and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting.


Anyone who enjoys poetry is invited to attend the Poetry Slam at 7 p.m. at the Keg and Cork in downtown Bemidji. Contestants will present three original works (under three minutes each) to five judges. Poets will be rated on a scale of 1-10 weighted 50 percent on content and 50 percent on performance of the work. The top three finalists in the last round will receive a cash prize of $75, $50 or $25 for first, second and third place. Music will be provided by cellist Gwenfrewi Burger. This will be the first event in the 2012-13 Poetry Slam series. For more information, contact Marsh Muirhead, event series coordinator, at or 556-6313 or Paul Ericsson, Bemidji Library Manager at or 751-3963.


The 44th annual Madrigal Dinner featuring the Bemidji State University Chamber Singers as the Royal Court and members of the Bemidji Choir performing in the Masque heralds in the start of the holiday season in Bemidji. This is the first of five dinner/shows that take the participants back to Merry Olde England. The 7 p.m. performance with additional evening dinners on Dec. 1, 7 and 8 and a 5 p.m. start Dec. 2 will take place in the transformed Beaux Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Union on the campus of BSU, Birchmont Dr. Tickets are $38 each for a dinner and show and a bottle of sparkling cider can be ordered in advance for $7.

Tickets are on sale now in the Madrigal Dinner Ticket Office, Bangsberg 223 in the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. Call 755-3406 for more information.

This is the last day to register for Painting Nature with Scott Fadness, a Northern Artists Association Workshop, sponsored by Region 2 Arts Council. The workshop will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at the Beltrami Electric Community Room, 411 Technology Drive NW. Participants will learn how to compose a 16 x 20 inch acrylic painting. There will be breaks during the day and a one hour lunch. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch.

Take a check in the amount of $50 made payable to Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave. or drop off a check at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. There will be no refunds unless the workshop is cancelled. For more information, call R2AC at 751-5447 or (800) 275-5447 or Gallery North at 444-9813.

Final day to register for playing at TUBACHRISTMAS® 2012, which will perform at 2 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Paul Bunyan mall. Call HSMA at 444-5606 to register.

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 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.

Upcoming events

Monthly Book Discussion Series will discuss “Suite Francaise” by Ron McLarty Dec. 3 and 6 at the Bemidji Public Library.

Blue Ice will be presenting their Jingle Jazz Concert with guest artist Dave Pietro for the second installment of the Bemidji Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6 in Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the BSU campus.

The public is invited to attend the first annual 2012 Oxcar Awards event Dec. 8 at the New City Ballroom, 2300 24th St. NW. The event will be held each fall to recognize the theatrical work from the previous November to the present Nov. 15 in the areas of production, design, direction and performance. The theatrical groups included are Bemidji Community Theater, Loon Opera Company, Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective and Saaren’s Productions from the Bemidji area; Minnesota Folklore Theater in Walker; Northern Light Opera in Park Rapids and Long Lake Theater in Hubbard.

The evening will begin with a social hour from 5:30 -6:30 p.m. with a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.

The two Masters of Ceremonies, Cate Belleveau and Robert Thomas, will begin the festivities with entertainment by the Region 2 Arts theater community, local and regional celebrities. Recognition in two categories: awards for established works and for emerging works produced by non-professional Region 2 Arts Area Theater organizations and individuals and special citations as determined by the volunteer group of evaluators.

Formal wear is requested and prizes will be given for the best and worst dressed.

The cost per ticket is $10 and they are on sale now at Brigid’s Pub in downtown Bemidji or by credit card via Belleveau at (218) 243-2685. There will be limited tickets at the door at $15 each.