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Bemidji Symphony Orchestra to open 79th season with 'Chance Chants'

Matthew Lorenz, left, and Beverly Everett.

BEMIDJI—The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra opens its 79th season— Role Play—with the concert "Chance Chants" at 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 8, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Beverly Everett once again will conduct.

For this concert, the BSO is welcoming the young piano virtuoso Matthew Lorenz to the stage to perform Franz Liszt's "Totentanz," a symphonic poem based on the chant "Dies Irae." Also on the program are "Berceuse and Finale" from Firebird by Igor Stravinsky and Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz.

Tickets are available at the door, in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North and South, or at Prices are $20 adults, $15 seniors 62 and older, and $10 college students with ID. Students grades K—12 are free. Doors open for seating at 2:30 pm.

Lorenz is from Grand Forks, N.D., and is a growing artistic presence in his community and in the Midwest at large. He is a fourth-year student at UND studying piano performance with Nariaki Sugiura (as well as pursuing a second degree in mathematics). He made his performing debut as a sophomore (with UND faculty) in the U.S. premiere of Eliezer Elper's Concerto for Piano, Trumpet and Flute.

Lorenz has received training from pianists such as Edward Auer (Indiana University), Lydia Artymiw (University of Minnesota), Jani Parsons (Latitude 49 ensemble, MI), Takeo Tchinai (Japan), Yoonie Han (Steinway Artist, NY), Mihaela Tomi (Mannheim, Germany), Ning-Wu Du (Xinghai Conservatory, China), Laura Loewen (University of Manitoba) and others, according to a release. He has collaborated with a variety of musicians, including the award-winning San Francisco Bay Area pianist Sarah Cahill. A classically trained pianist, his background in pianistic technique and performance "informs his performances of contemporary and experimental music," the release said.

Season tickets for all six concerts of Role Play may be purchased for $70 (cash or check) at the door just before the concert, or through the BSO website at, or call (218) 444-7914. This concert is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.