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BEMIDJI -- When they tried bringing live classical performances to Grand Forks, N.D., it did not work out for the simplest of reasons -- time. In order to accommodate the 24-hour-a-day system, time has to be sliced into zones which changes every 15 degrees longitude. So if a person wanted to see a live performance of a great symphony or ballet, they had to be in their seat at the Empire by 7 a.m.
BEMIDJI -- What started out as a family project back in the 1960s has found its way into a published book by a well-known Bemidji board member of learning in youth to senior non-profits who wanted to renew interest in reading to the young. Perhaps becoming a grandmother again spurred Betty Hanson-Lehman to search her multitude of photos to find just the right ones -- those primarily taken by her and husband Tom Hanson when they opened their photo studio in Bagley in the mid-1950s, specializing in graduation and wedding pictures and freelance photographs for many publications. The book -- "Ku
With the dawn of the New Year, new initiatives are beginning to raise interest in the lull of wintertime. For example, the highly successful fundraiser for the Beltrami County History Center played to a full house, as who doesn't like to play "Clue?" What is even more interesting is the number of visitors who decided to participate in the family friendly events held downtown to celebrate the New Year's holiday. The noon monthly book discussions will start on Jan.
This time of year, we turn inward toward our family and friends to continue our holiday traditions or start ones with newly established familial relationships. The concerts are done, presents still need to be wrapped — we're using bags this year to save some time for relaxing — and looking at the December folder and finding it bare. If that isn't a hint, what is?
The last few Christmas events are coming up quickly and one of the "most looked forward to" is the annual Bemidji State University Varsity Singers because non-auditioned singers are pleased to add their voices to the holiday scene under the direction of adjunct professor of choral music Steve Reznicek. Those who sing just for the love of it -- amateurs -- and are brought to a new level of skill best describes this versatile group of majors. Today's concert at 3 p.m.
The Bemidji Chorale's 35th annual Winter Concert will be held today at 3 and 7 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church of Bemidji, 2508 Washington Ave. SE. The concert is conducted by Patricia Mason, accompanied by Wayne Hoff, and features a wide variety of programming. Beginning with a "Glorious Fanfare" accompanied by trumpets, the concert incorporates original compositions and traditional music of the season. This thematic program in three sections considers: Winter Joy, Winter Cold and Winter Fun.
BEMIDJI -- Ice crystals showered us as we followed a trail of candles to the entrance, a gates man greeted us with "Good Eve, welcome to the Manor" as we entered. Fellow guests greeted us and promised a evening we would not soon forget, and after 14 years, we will tell you about the magic of the Madrigal Dinner at Bemidji State University. But then again, why spoil the magic for you?
Thank you Bemidji, for making so many people happy: Bemidji Community Theater hosted more than 1,700 attendees at its home base in the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji.
The winter season isn't even here, but the fall season is in full swing with all the holiday events to be finished before the semester ends with winter concerts at BSU, the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and the final performance at 2 p.m. of "Fiddler on the Roof," a collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse at the historic Chief Theater in downtown Bemidji. Limited tickets at the door: $12 for adults and $6 for children 17 and younger. Maestro Magnus Martenssen will appear as the First Annual Holiday Showcase today at 3 p.m.
This is the time of year when "couch potatoes" know no friends, for the deer season is open and the hunters are out in the fields; football and other outdoor sports abound and music lovers can almost go from one venue to another. We hope that you were able to enjoy "Wizard of Oz," the fall musical for Bemidji High School this past week. Today "Flute, Fantasy and Fun" with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will begin at 3 p.m.