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Pioneer Previews for Dec. 2: Bemidji Chorale ready for carols

BEMIDJI – The annual Christmas concert of the Bemidji Chorale is changing its location this year to the Evangelical Free Church, 115 Carr Lake Rd. SW. The performances will begin at 3 and 7 p.m. today with a varied program of old favorites to new twists on familiar carols.

A freewill offering will be accepted at the door and the always welcome coffee, treats and conversations with the singers will follow each concert.

Tickets are on sale now in the Madrigal Dinner Ticket Office, Bangsberg 223 in the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. Call 755-3406 for more information. The last two performances will be held on Friday and Saturday of this week. Tickets are $38 for a full dinner and show; a $7 bottle of sparkling cider can be ordered at the ticket office.


Monthly Book Discussion Series will meet at 12 noon at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. This month’s selection “Suite Francaise” by Ron McLarty will be reviewed. Extra copies of the book are available at the local branch.


The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra’s eighth annual Geoffrey Woodley Holiday Concert and Messiah Sing-Along will begin at 7:30 p.m. at Bemidji High School. The program will include holiday favorites and the traditional audience chorus.

This year, the conductor, Beverly Everett, will invite members of the audience to join the orchestra on stage to sing in the chorus. Bemidji State University music majors Amanda Boring (soprano) and Lauren Skarloken (alto) will be the soloists. Chorus singers are asked to bring their own “Messiah” scores to the concert as only a few copies will be available at the door.

The orchestra will play a variety of holiday favorites including Leroy Anderson’s “Christmas Festival,” “Sleigh Ride” and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” Music from “Charlie Brown’s Christmas” and “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will delight youngsters to oldsters.

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 South, Brigid’s Pub in downtown Bemidji or online at Tickets will also be available at the door. For those who hold BSO Season Tickets, the Holiday Concert is included as part of the season.


Monthly Book Discussion Series will meet at 12 noon at the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. This month’s selection “Suite Francaise” by Irène Némirovsky will be reviewed. Extra copies of the book are available at the local branch.

Jazz musician and saxophone player David Pietro will be appearing as a guest artist for the second event of the Bemidji Concert Series. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the main theater of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the BSU campus.

Pietro is on the faculty of the Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions at New York University’s Steinhardt School. He has performed at jazz clubs, concerts and festivals in over 30 countries throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, North and South America. He holds a Master of Arts in Jazz Composition from NYU and has won numerous awards for his work.

Pietro will be joined on stage by BSU’s jazz group, Blue Ice for a festive evening of jazzy Christmas music.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for BSU/NTC students.

The annual Christmas concert by the students of Schoolcraft Learning Center will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Bemidji High School. The public is invited to attend this student showcase of instrumental and choral music, and the French language program. This concert is free. 


First Friday art openings and locations will be printed in Expressions, the regular Thursday feature in the Pioneer.

The 44th annual Madrigal Dinner, beginning at 7 p.m.,

will take the guests back to Merry Olde England in the transformed Beaux Arts Ballroom of Hobson Memorial Union on BSU campus.

Bemidji Community Arts Center and Shop 426 Annual Holiday Open House will be from 4-7 p.m. It will also offer a chance to purchase a one-of-a-kind holiday ornament and support programs and events hosted by the arts center. Located in the old Carnegie Library Building, the annual holiday open house features unique, handmade artwork from local and regional artists.

All of the ornaments are donated and will be sold until through Dec. 22 at BCAC; open 12-5 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. 


The Bemidji Community Arts Center will host a Children’s Holiday Art Extravaganza from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the future home of BCAC (Old Lakeside Lueken’s Building across the street from Library Park.) Attendees will be able to make a $1 Make and Take Art Project for Secret Family Presents. There will be five projects to choose from and this is recommended for school age children.

BCAC annual holiday open house will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

MERRY TUBACHRISTMAS® 2012 will be celebrating its 37th anniversary this year with tuba concerts presented in over 250 cities across the United States and several foreign countries. The free Bemidji concert will begin at 2 p.m. at the Paul Bunyan Mall, look for the decorated Tubas.

Madrigal Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. in the Beau Arts Ballroom.

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

The program will begin the festivities with entertainment by the Region 2 Arts theater community, local and regional celebrities. 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.

Rail River Folk School Art Gala Night from 5-9 p.m., 303 Railroad St. SW.


A painting on feathers workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 14 at Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW. Students will complete a 7-x-14 inch painting and may choose their own topic. All materials will be provided and the fee is $45. To reserve a spot, call the gallery at 444-9813.


BSU student Emily Wendland will have her installation, “Transcendental Terrain,” on display at the Talley Gallery on the campus of BSU, Room 212, Bensen Hall, 1600 Birchmont Drive NE. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. The gallery is handicapped accessible and open to the public at no charge.