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Pioneer Previews for April 14: BSU Varsity Singers to perform today

BEMIDJI – The end of the spring semester at Bemidji State University is approaching and with it comes many opportunities to see and hear the varied musical groups, solo singers and musicians.

Today, enjoy the BSU Varsity Singers under the direction of adjunct professor Steve Reznicek at the spring concert beginning at 3 p.m. The concert will be held in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of BSU, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive N. The admission cost is one non-perishable food item for the Bemidji Community Food Shelf

The end of the month will bring a fully staged opera “Dido and Aenas” by Purcell as staged by Cory J. Renbarger, assistant professor of voice at BSU.


The Northern Artist Association meeting will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Eagles Club. 1270 Neilson Ave. SE. The public is invited to a paper quilling program by Julie Johnson after the business meeting. Refreshments will be served.

Voltage, the BSU student electronic music ensemble, will begin a concert at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. Conducted by Del Lyren, professor of music, the group will perform “Dracula Suite” by Anthony DiLorenzo, a selection of three or four original pieces composed by members of the group and “Crisis” by Freddie Hubbard.


Adventures in Lifelong Learning will continue its spring lecture series with Cal Rice and his photo journey “Culture Shock in 45 Minutes – Miami to Havana.” Rice will share his insights and photos of a recent trip to Cuba.

The session will begin at 10 a.m. in the Roger Spiry Community Room of Beltrami Electric Company, 4111 Technology Drive NW. All presentations are free and open to the public. Free-will donations are accepted to help off-set costs of refreshments.

“Mudddy Jungle Rivers,” a Vietnam War memoir by Wendell Affield will be presented at 7 p.m. at the Fosston Community Library. A portion of the book sales will be given to the Fosston Community Library Fund. The event is a collaboration of the library and American Legion Post 114.

MIDiots, five Bemidji State University music professors and adjuncts, will collaborate in a concert of electronic music at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. The group will perform all original music composed by Lyren, Svanoe and Gaston. Admission is a donation for the Bemidji High School Vocalmotive trip to the national competition in Chicago.


Artist and lecturer Steve Stark will present “Lincoln’s Legacy,” the telling of Lincoln’s influence in the development of the Great Plains and his mark on the Red River Valley. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Fosston.

NELL lectures are free and open to the public and a free-will offering is accepted for refreshments. Information to become a current NELL friend is available at all lectures.


An Open House and reception for Joyce Martin, one of the original founders of Gallery North, will be held from 2-5 p.m. at the gallery, 502 Third St. NW. Martin is moving from the area and has resigned her membership. An installation of her work will be on display April 15-30. The public is invited to attend.

Unveiling of Hakkerup Ojibwe Photography Exhibit at the American Indian Resource Center on the campus of BSU will begin at 4 p.m. Hakkerup, an émigré from Denmark, has three studios in downtown Bemidji. The public is invited to the unveiling of the installation which includes 22 large prints and several smaller prints including some photos of the city’s namesake, Chief Bemidji.

Jon Roemer will begin and start the reception with flute music; the welcome by Anton Treuer, acknowledgement of the gift by the president of BSU, Richard Hanson, and comments from the Cooper family. Please confirm your attendance at the unveiling by contacting

The exhibit will be open to the public during the regular office hours at the IRC.


BSU senior Lauren Skarloken will present her recital at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. Skarloken will be performing classical works by Faure, Schumann and Henry Purcell. She will be accompanied by Wayne Hoff. The public is invited to attend.


A creative songwriting workshop for adults and high school students with Larry Long is 12:30-3 p.m. at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. The workshop is free but please pre-register at the Bemidji Public Library 751-3963.

A concert will follow the workshop starting at 4 p.m. and will include the piece that will be composed during the workshop. The events are free.

Bizet’s “Carmen” will begin at 2 p.m. at the Bemidji Theater. The opera was performed at the Staatsoper Berlin and will be shown with English sub-titles. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children and are available now at the box office. To get more information about the opera, send an email to

Jess Jacobson’s senior recital at 3 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. The public is invited to attend

Blue Ice will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. Tickets are $5 each for this jazz ensemble.

April 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 Ivan Ninov, “Drawn from the Balkans,” is a collection of expressive prints and drawings by this world class Bulgarian artist. The exhibit will remain in place until April 12 and open to the public Monday through Saturday with no admission charge in Room 212 of Bensen Hall, BSU.

Neilson Place continues its exhibit of wildlife artist Beverly Joslyn through June. 1000 Anne St. NW. (Sanford WoodsEdge Campus)

Call for Artists

Please note the change in venue for “Small Art for Big Hearts” from First City Ballroom to the Sanford Center. Artists are asked to submit an original piece of 2D work no larger than 5 inches by 7 inches for a sale that will take place from 6-8 p.m. June 1. The work will be sold at a set price of $25 and all the proceeds will be donated to the Bemidji Community Food Shelf. For further information contact Pam Nelson at or Don Houseman at All entries can be sent to: Don Houseman, 21849 Erdahl Court NE, Tenstrike, MN 56683.