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The concert last Sunday of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra with more than 100 chorus members and four soloists was an event that drew an overflow crowd.
Yes, today is the day we have been expecting to fill our hearts and mind with one of the most famous pieces in musical literature, Handel's "Messiah" concert at 3 p.m. in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Artistic Director Beverly Olson has chosen it as the season's finale for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, with soloists and choruses to fulfill a dream she has had since the days of the informal, unrehearsed, renditions on Bangsberg main stage at BSU.
The house count and available seating for Damenstimmen (women's chorus) and Musikanten (men's chorus) was outstanding with cheering students and proud parents, and when Dwight Jilek took the podium last Tuesday, April 18, in Thompson Recital Hall and the cheers began, we knew why.
If you happened to miss the vocal concert last Sunday at St. Philip's, the BSU Chamber Singers, try to catch them at another venue. Under the baton of Dwight Jilek, the singers responded to his direction by singing in Latin—in arias, duos, trios—of the limbs of Jesus. Originally composed in German by Dieterich Buxtehude (1637-1707) in 1680 and dedicated to Gustaf Duben, the correct title is "Membra Jesu Nostri." Jelik translated the poetry into English but the singers sang their Latin verses quite well to the emotions of the audience.
When the plane dips in its landing on Irish soil, take advantage of a look, for the view will be amazing. Some people hide their faces totally missing the magic of Irish green from the palest to the darkest Irish soil because we are still in the air. One can admire the changes that will be difficult to find unless you drive or walk the Irish mountain terrain coupled with the beach walks and you will be gifted with the most colorful landing.
Mary-Knox Johnson has chosen a family show for her 100th production—much along the line of fantasy in space and time, a journey set on the planet Pern, where dragon riders rule the sky and harpers spin their stories, "Dragonsong."
The inventive and professional professor of voice at BSU, Cory Renbarger is staging a modern comedic opera "SPEED DATING TONIGHT!" Music and words by Michael Ching based on a concept by Dean Anthony. The title gives the clue that it is a comedy about a bunch of people who come to a speed dating event all hoping to find true love. The singers are stereotypes of people today and it also explores modern sounds, jazz, and contemporary pieces. In the end, some are destined to be alone, but some may find true love!
"Legends and Lore," the long-awaited return of Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will happen at 3 p.m. today at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. The concert, dubbed "Cinematic Legends," will begin with overture "Themes from 007- A Medley for Orchestra" by John Barry/Calvin Custer. The songs and melodies that follow feature the most popular music and songs from familiar movies like "Frozen" followed by an piece from "The Mission," the somber oboe of Gretchen Rusch with "Gabriel's Oboe." This outstanding program is sure to excite and will highlight the scores from popular movies.
Though not the usual story of love and compassion, "The Elephant Man," as written by Bernard Pomerance and directed Julie Kaiser for Bemidji Community Theater has managed to bridge the segments of Joseph Merrick's life together in such a way as to explore the meaning of Eros (love) far beyond the physical.
When someone comments that there is nothing to do in this town, just show them a copy of the Pioneer or one of the posters in store windows. Just last night, Del Lyren held his annual Jazz festival for talented high school musicians under the auspices of the Department of Music at BSU; First Friday events galore; jumping into Lake Bemidji dressed as ballerinas; and multiple sports events.