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Pioneer Previews for April 21: ‘Star Crossed’ to be presented today

BEMIDJI – The regional premiere of the newest collaboration between composer Andrew Boysen Jr. and visual artist Erik Evensen, “Star Crossed,” will be presented in concert today by the Bemidji State University Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band at 3 p.m. in the main theater of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex on the campus of BSU, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive.

“Star Crossed” is a multi-media presentation of live music and animated graphics telling the story of a super heroine and a villainous rogue and their path as star-crossed lovers.

The concert, conducted by of Erika Svanoe, director of bands at BSU, will also feature guests trumpet soloist Joe Burgstaller in a performance of Vivaldi-Bach Concerto for Trumpet in D major and a solo piece, “La Virgen de la Macarena.”

Tickets at the door are $5 for adults, $3 for seniors and free for students with ID.


Adventures in Lifelong Learning will conclude its spring lecture series with Joy Johnson on “The Economic Growth of Medicine in Our Rural Area.” Johnson, chief operating officer of Sanford Bemidji, will present an update on initiatives at Sanford Health and their impact on the community.

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. Donations are accepted to help off-set costs of refreshments.

Albert Belleview, winner of a Region 2 Arts Council and McKnight Career Development Fellowship, will speak on the conceptual and physical processes he used in crating his new sculptural works of ancient art. Belleview will speak at 1 and 5:30 p.m. in the Drum Room at Wadiswan, White Earth Tribal and Community College, 2250 College Road, Mahnomen.


Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning will present motivational speaker and business man Mike McKinley. He will speak on getting the most out of each day by being around positive people, looking at things to laugh at, and on living a joyful life. The talk begins at 9:30 a.m. at Grace Free Church, 713 Main Ave. N, Bagley.

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


BSU’s Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Eric Sundeen, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg.


A fully staged opera, “Dido and Aenas,” by Henry Purcell and staged by Cory J. Renbarger, assistant professor of voice at BSU, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the main theater of Bangsberg.

The cast of students from the university will present the opera on two nights with alternating lead singers. They will be accompanied by a string chamber orchestra with Melanie Hanson and Andrew Green on violin, Patrick Reilly on cello, Andrew Heriot on viola and Alison Laughlin on the harpsichord.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, free for BSU/NTC students with ID.

The Bemidji Public Library will host an evening of poetry and music at 7:30 p.m. at the Blue Ox Bar & Grill. From Minneapolis, guitarist Gary Lee Joyner, a poet, blogger and player of folk, rock and blues, will open the evening as the guest musical artist.

A Poetry Slam will follow, starting at 8:30 p.m. Prize money is awarded for the two three Slam poets. Interested poets should sign up by calling 751-3963 as the competition is limited to 12.


Lexie Kruse will perform the trumpet in her senior recital at BSU from 3-4:30 p.m. in Thompson Recital Hall. The event is free.

“Dido and Aenas,” an opera by Henry Purcell and staged by Cory J. Renbarger, assistant professor of voice at BSU, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the main theater of Bangsberg. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, free for BSU/NTC students with ID.

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 Tanner Thompson, art major at BSU from Longville, Minn., will be featured until April 30.

Thompson’s exhibit, “Ativan Altar,” features a collection of paintings and ceramic work. His work focuses on the ideas of anxiety and depression.

Talley Gallery is in room 212 in Benson Hall. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

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