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What a beautiful day it is: sun is shining and low humidity!
Well, all the annuals are planted now thanks to a good friend and her good friend while I sat and "supervised" the plantings. The work is beautiful and we enjoy sitting out in the sun while it's out. Back to my recommended books for summer reading, starting with a middle-school adventure with a whole lumber crew working their way north while two young teens unfortunately have to learn how to cook and serve meals on the floating cook house. "Dead Man's Rapids," a Blackwater Ben Adventure by William and Barbara Durbin, longtime authors in this genre.
Memorial Day celebrations include famous author Bill Jamerson today, "Dollar a Day Boys," a music and storytelling event about the Civilian Conservation Corps from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Lake Bemidji State Park. A question and answer program will follow; if you own any WWII memorabilia, bring them along. When we saw the cemeteries of American soldiers in France and Italy, they were well kept and proudly noted as American or Australian or English soldiers.
The summer groups have their guitars tuned, and church musicians are ready with some newest members; the Bemidji Area Musicians are prepared to begin their concerts on Wednesday, June 7 at the Evangelical Free Church. (Concerts run on Wednesdays during the summer at various Bemidji area churches) What a magnificent concert it was recently at the Bemidji High School, the production of "Messiah" with local choral groups. Patricia Mason, director of the Bemidji Chorale, was able to present a wonderful choral congress with her singers obviously smiling and proud.
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."