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Pioneer Previews for Feb. 17: BSO plans ‘Music and Presidents’

BEMIDJI – Bemidji Symphony Orchestra “Music and Presidents” will begin at 3 p.m. today in the Bemidji High School auditorium under the baton of Beverly Everett.

Humanities scholar Clay S. Jenkinson will portray Thomas Jefferson and the BSO will play music from that era including Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto and Handel’s “Royal Fireworks Music.”

When Jenkinson returns to the stage as Theodore Roosevelt in the second half of the program, the orchestra will perform, among other selections, “American Frontier” by Custer, and Holcombe’s “Cowboy Fantasy.”

Tickets at the door: $20 adults, $15 seniors and $10 for college students with valid ID. Students in grades K-12 will be admitted free.

A talk back will follow the performance.

Dinner theater

Saarens production’s dinner-theater show, “Sordid Lives” has been canceled.


Warm Your Heart with a Little Art free class-Beginning Watercolor with Marion Reil from 1-3 p.m. at Gallery North; register at 444-9813.


The last day to reserve a seat for “Love Songs and Arias” with the Loon Opera Company at 6 p.m. Saturday at Hampton Inn and Suites. Two returning soloists from last summer’s production of Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” Tenor Kirk Dougherty who sang the main role of Pinkerton and mezzo-soprano Allison LaPointe, who sang the role of Suzuki, the maid will join newcomer special guest soprano Momoko Tanno and chanteuse Betsy Downs will present an evening of music from Puccini to Gershwin.

Tickets are $50 for dinner and show and may be reserved by calling 218-368-8805. For more information on the menu choices, please see Bemidji Arts news on-line.

Also, the Warm Your Heart with a Little Art Class on Huck Weaving with Julie Johnson will be from 1-3 p.m. at Gallery North. Call 444-9813 to register.


BSU piano professor, Stephen Carlson, will present a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex. The program will include Sonata in A-flat major, Hob. XVI/46 by Haydn; Sonata in C major, op. 2, no. 3 by Beethoven; three character pieces from Chopin and Three Movements from “Petrushka” by Stravinsky. This concert is open to the public at no charge.

The Warm Your Heart with a Little Art Class on Beginning Basketry will be from 1-4 p.m. at Gallery North.


Events planned are:

– Warm Your Heart with a Little Art Class on Beading with Curtis Schaguun from 1-3 pm. at Gallery North.

– Icebox Radio will begin its first “Bundled Up Theatre Festival,” an event that will celebrate live theater, original plays and classic radio scripts. Bemidji listeners tune into their website: or look at their Facebook page.

– A Night of Thrills begins at 7 p.m. with “Old Ole” followed by “The Estates.”


“Bundled Up Theater Festival with “Romance” begins at 7 p.m. with “Old Man Winter” followed by “How Love Came to Louie Polanski.”


“Bundled Up Theater Festival with “Adventure Time!” begins at 5 p.m. with “QICE: Radio North: Meow Your See It” to be followed by “Scoops Sisters: Party to Murder.”

february art installations

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

BSU Talley Gallery exhibit by Jonathan Jacquet in Room 212 of Bensen Hall, BSU.


Lord of the Dance, an internationally recognized dance troupe made famous by Michael Flatley, will perform at the Sanford Center at 3:30 p.m. Feb. 24. Tickets are $45 for premium reserved seating, $30 for reserved seating and $20 for Arena Bowl Seating and are on sale now. This is the only scheduled performance in upper Minnesota and North Dakota.