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Pioneer Previews for Dec. 9: Wind ensemble concert feature event today

BEMIDJI – The end of the semester concert for the Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble will begin at 3 p.m. today on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the BSU campus. This auditioned group under the baton of Erika Svanoe, director of bands, is a fine ensemble of players whose concert are well attended and appreciated by the community at large. The two-hour concert will include the familiar circus march by Karl King, “Barnum and Bailey’s Favorite,” “Little Prelude and fugue,” a Baroque piece by J.S. Bach and two piece of modern band literature, “At Morning’s Light” by David Gillingham and “December Dance” by Andrew Boyson, Jr.

After intermission, chamber music selections will highlight the work of smaller groups of students. The percussion ensemble will perform a piece by Michael Colgrass. Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Procession of the Nobles” will be performed by a brass and percussion ensemble. Selections from Kurt Weill’s “The Three Penny Opera” will be performed by mixed ensembles.

A consumer-friendly ticket price of $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for all students with a valid ID could help fill the auditorium to SRO status.

Another BSU group that garners an enthusiastic audience is the Varsity Singers, a non-auditioned group that sings for the joy of it. Their concert will begin at 7 p.m. Monday on the main stage of Bangsberg. Conductor Steve Reznicek will lead the singers and the audience in an old-fashioned sing-along of traditional Christmas Carols, a soloist will perform “Oh Holy Night” and there will be two break-out groups for specialty numbers. Through the years, this group has been able to bring an average of 200 pounds of donated non-perishable food items to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf after concerts.

Yes, the price of admission is a donation of perishable food items that will be delivered to the Food Shelf just in time for the holidays. Some suggestions may include brownie, cookie and cake mixes accompanied by cans of frosting.


Northern Artist Association will host its annual Christmas Party starting at 11 a.m. at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served. NAA business meeting will begin at 12:20 p.m. for members.


Shaun Johnson’s Big Band Holiday Concert and Paul Bunyan Playhouse Fundraiser at 7:30 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Auditorium, 2500 Division St. NW. Advance tickets are $25 at Marketplace Foods and Paul Bunyan Broadcasting in downtown Bemidji. Tickets at the door will be $30. Student ticket price is $12.


The Taste of Travel with Steve and George-Ann Maxson and their pictures from a photo safari to Kenya will begin at noon in the Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW.


A trio of events are on the schedule:

-- Light refreshments at the Bemidji Public Library from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with holiday greetings and thanks for your support from the library staff. Free and open to the public.

-- A book signing of “Stories from the Road Gone By” by Millie Larson from 1-3 p.m. at Kat’s Book Nook, 750 Paul Bunyan Dr. NW.

-- Chasing Clarence, a north woods indie rock quintet will hold a CD (“All My Life”) release party from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Cabin Coffee House, 214 3rd St. NW. Free and open to the public.

december Art Installations

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