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"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.
BEMIDJI— We've had a taste of spring this week with melting snow, ice and mud, mud, and more mud. That sound of suction, squishing footsteps; if one did not fall down—and the painful fall and the helpful stranger if one did. A special thanks to that observant person in the DaRoo's Pizza and Verizon parking lot for aiding my driver-friend to get back up.
Writing a couple of columns, staying warm during this time was easy with a cup of cocoa, feet up and book in hand.
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As I write this column, the computer-generated weather report says that Christmas Day will be a mess with snow, rain and rattles (thunder). I can only hope that someone pushed the wrong button and the day is lovely. If not, stay warm by the fireplace and play lots of board games!
The buzz around the Department of Music at Bemidji State University has changed from "wait until you meet him" to "see, didn't we tell you so?" The holiday and end-of-semester concerts by the choral singers with backup by colleagues this year has been packed with many surprises, including the annual Madrigal Dinners.
We talked about going to the live performance of "It's A Wonderful Life" at the Firehall Theater in Grand Forks, and last Sunday, we drove down to Walker to see Fred Roger's lovely version of the original Lux Soap script for the radio show. The Walker Bay Theater is located on the ground level of the American National Bank on the main street of Walker. Albeit an intimate space, the artistic director has spent many years on Broadway designing costumes and scenery.
Last year we drove to the Firehouse Theater in Grand Forks to enjoy a stage adaption of "It's A Wonderful Life: a Live Radio Play." It was so special as had never seen actors portraying the characters, the sound effects man (showing stage secrets) and being taken back in time — 1940s — and the hopes and aspirations of an angel striving for his wings. This year, the Walker Bay Theater is presenting the same show with more performance dates to accommodate audiences. The show opened this weekend and will continue with a matinee today at 2:30 p.m.