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BEMIDJI -- The air at the Sanford Center will be filled with people making small talk -- "Better get another beer before the show starts"; "Can we see from here?" and the big question: "How will they deal with the loss of George, the big, bald guy who kept the group on task and time?" The lights go down in the house, the hostile sounds taken from the Celtic thunder of long ago when Irishmen tried to scare off the enemy; the lights come up in a fury, bounce from one granite block to another seeking to hide the warrior until he is in the best place to protect his homeland; the men stride on sta
BEMIDJI -- Extravaganza is the word this week swirling around the Department of Music at BSU as it brings three different performance groups and master classes to the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and to the university. Regional, national and international musicians, vocalists and collaborative pianists will be giving master classes in their specialties and concerts all open to the public at Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the BSU campus and at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts in downtown Bemidji. The events begin at 2 p.m.
Along with all the workshops being offered to the music students open to the public this week by visiting musicians Ana Maria Otamendi and Elena Lacheva from the University of Houston, BSU's own Eric and Jennifer Olson will visit Bemidji area school music classes. The coming week is a spotlight on one of the jewels in the crown of Bemidji State University, the Department of Music — vocal and instrumental. Also of note, junior Luke Bernard will sing his Junior Recital at 3 p.m.
We have a hiatus this week in arts presentations, but you should still mark your calendars for upcoming events. There are quite a few classical events coming up this month, including a faculty recital by Stephen Carlson, wind ensemble concert, BSU Choir home concert and many student recitals.
BEMIDJI -- Sheila Smith, executive director of Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, visited Bemidji on Thursday to deliver the news, something that those in the arts community already suspected: their creative efforts add to the economy. Smith spoke about the new survey, conducted by Creative Minnesota, of the 1,269 arts and cultural organizations in the state, and in particular the impact in the Region 2 Arts Council -- the counties of Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen. Smith outlined the results of the story for the audience of 25 at the Rail River Folk School.
We know that spring is coming up on us when the Bemidji Baroque Ensemble is on stage at Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Center. What started as an informal gathering of musicians who play for their pleasure, the ensemble now plays for the enjoyment of their audience, as well. These friends (Margaret Maxwell, harpsichord; Natalie Roholt, flute; and Patrick Riley, cello) have been together so long that nuances are natural and they play as a cohesive group of talented musicians. Their spring concert will begin at 3 p.m.
Another weekend of careful slicing and dicing will afford the Bemidji audiences a vast array of musical opportunities and the return of the Poetry Slam this week. Whatever is chosen will prove to be a good choice. Monday • "Reverse Painting on Glass" with Marion Caroline. Attendees will bring a 5 by 7- • inch frame and glass and a picture of choice to the 1 to 4 p.m. class to be held at Gallery North, 502 Third St.
Just as a writer who has the perfect sentence, albeit presently unusable, puts the thought aside in a little black box for a later time, and goes on with the...
BEMIDJI -- Much like the lyrics, "When you wish upon a star, your dreams come true," Sarah Carlson has wished and set her goals as a musician and a mother of three. Now, one of those wishes is going to come true. Carlson, director of music ministry at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji, will play organ at the world famous Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on June 28. When Carlson submitted her demonstration CDs of a recital that could last only 37 to 38 minutes to the committee that chooses soloists to play the great organ at the Notre Dame, she patiently waited a year before hearing the answer.
Enjoy the afterglow of Valentine's Day with Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's romantic "Go for Baroque" concert at 3 today at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center. Artistic Director Beverly Everett chose a program so closely aligned with the period of musical embellishment that many have called overdone, but has proven beloved through the years. Concertmaster Melanie Hanson will present Vivaldi's "Four Seasons," completed in 1723, which takes us through the seasons in our imagination where spring lambs play, probably the most played and appreciated concerto of the four, although Summer'