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Today is the day for the long-awaited return of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra for the holiday season with the charming and award-winning tenor, J. Warren Mitchell. The concert is at 3 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Personally, I am excited because we bid on and won two tickets to sit next to Mitchell on stage today. Mitchell has left his present home in Germany to tour "Opera Roles."
Take a drive, take a run, take a bike to the final day of the Bemidji Studio Cruise today and enjoy the magic of area artists as they spin, mold, create mosaics, jewelry, paint -- and so many other skills -- from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
There was nothing but pride on the faces of those parents, students and seniors at the two recent concerts given by the Bemidji State University music faculty at the Carl O. Thompson concert, which supports the musical scholarships given to a music and voice student each fall. Scott Guidry’s jazz ensemble, Blue Ice, grew to heights of professional playing.
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra opens its 79th season, "Role Play," with the concert "Chance Chants" at 3 p.m. today at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Artistic Director Beverly Everett will conduct.
The concert at Farm by the Lake near Bagley will be 2 to 5 p.m. today with Annie Humphrey, vocalist and songwriter who is on tour for her new album, "The Beast in the Garden," that contains a voice full of passion, power, desperation and love for Maamaa Aakii (Mother Earth). This and the addition of Corey Medina and the Long Hairz Collective give the concert a powerful folk and hip-hop musical statement on the global climate change crisis. The concert is free and open to the public. Bring your own chairs, some chairs provided. Outside concert under tents, dress for the weather.
Those of us gathered to wish a fond farewell to Louie Marchand on Saturday morning were a mixture of former students and colleagues from Bemidji State University. "He was a fun fellow and I was in a couple of his early plays in the leaky ceiling Hagg Sauer Hall," said Robert Melchoir. "It was a fun time at Bemidji State in the late 60s into the 1970s, we played cards together and it was a era of many friendships (throughout the different departments)."
After just opening Facebook, I was excited to see Cory Renbarger had posted a new notice: a vocal/piano recital on the struggles in the life of poet Emily Dickinson was to be on that very night, at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Sept.11 in Thompson Recital Hall.
They are striving to ensure the viability of the center diamond in the crown for the future: The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra. “It gives me the greatest pleasure,” said Louise Jackson, who has been a working partner since joining the orchestra guild some years ago -- and it’s already the ninth-year edition of Desserts by Design as lead by Jackson.
The maple tree at the top of the driveway is a blazing yellow/orange -- sure sign of fall and the amazing colorama determined to overwhelm us.
Bemidji Community Theater is pleased to report that all seven presentations of the children’s play, “Fairy Tale Courtroom” successfully garnered new audiences in Itasca State Park, Bagley and Lake Bemidji State Park.