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BEMIDJI—Before they hit the big stage in New York, Bemidji residents will get to once again here the masterful voices of the Bemidji Chorale. The chorale will host a concert at 7 tonight in the Beaux Arts Ballroom on the campus of BSU. The concert will feature two premiered works composed by singers in the Chorale and a variety of literature exploring "Connections." The traditional ice cream social will follow with the chance to socialize with the singers.
Happy Mother's Day to all mothers in all and any combination! On this happy occasion, there will be stories, songs and music with Stina Fagertun, a storyteller who comes from the fjords of Norway and Ross Sutter, master musician who has taught in Sweden and Norway, at 3 p.m. today at the Fosston Arts Center; the doors will open at 2:15. Fagertun won the best storyteller at the 2011 International Storyteller Festival in Oslo. The duo will present a concert of Scandinavian program of story and song with the guitar, dulcimer and button accordion.
The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra concludes its 76th Season with "Mozart, Magic and Mystery" at 3 p.m. today at the Bemidji High School Performing Arts Center under the baton of Artistic Director Beverly Everett. Mozart's Requiem in D Minor will be the featured work on the program. For the performance, the BSO welcomes to the stage four soloists: Jennifer Olson, soprano; Leandra Craigmile, mezzo-soprano; Luke Barnard, tenor and Mike Lundin, bass. Also joining the BSO will be the Bemidji Choir with professor P.
Once again, Del Lyren, professor of music at BSU, has snagged a professional touring brass ensemble to play for Bemidji based on personal friendships. Alliance Brass, a group out of Chicago, up there with Canadian Brass in performance excellence, will play at 6 p.m. Monday in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on campus. One of the players, Mary Galime (trumpet) has more than 20-years of experience worldwide performing and competing with multiple ensembles and quintets.
BEMIDJI—Somehow it all came together when the Sanford Center in Bemidji was seeking an opener for today's performance of "The Broadway Dolls," a nationally known, award-winning musical tour. Perhaps there was local ballroom dance studio that specializes in teaching college-age and older students the art of dance, and perhaps they have a faithful following of adult dancers who enjoy dancing for their own personal satisfaction? Sure enough, Suzy and Hondo Dance Studio received a call from Sanford Center about an upcoming show July 1, "Ballroom with a Twist," and while they discussed thos
It is Sunday evening and the aroma of baked chicken and onions fried in butter remain in the air, and, as a child, I knew that meant that my grandfather, Gege, would reach into his pocket for the pitch pipe. His three daughters, my oldest aunt, my mother and his favorite, the youngest daughter, knew that meant it was time to sing around the table. They all knew their range by now, but Gege was a fill-in choir master so he went by the rules: first he found the key on his pitch pipe and pointed to a daughter.
Today are the final performances of "Honk," a family friendly musical based on "The Ugly Duckling by Hans Christianson, at 2 p.m. at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse in downtown Bemidji and Donizetti's "L'Elisir D'Amore," filmed in high definition from the stage at Baden Baden, at 4 p.m. at the Amigo Theater, five miles west of town. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
BEMIDJI—In a thoughtful move, Bemidji State University has signed a five-year lease with the Watermark Art Center to house permanent collections of ceramics and prints gathered by two women who were alumna of BSU in the late 1930s or early 1940s. There is no other way to explain it, but in an altruistic moment, two graduates of the school of education donated their collections to the students at BSU for educational purposes.
The First City of the Arts Studio Cruise is seeking artists interested in participating in the 8th Annual Studio Cruise scheduled for Oct. 16-18. The deadline for all applications is Wednesday and artist applications and information can be found at watermarkartcenter.org/our programs.
There is something to be said about unconditional love especially at this time of the year when we think about how love of family, neighbor and values come to the front of our consciousness so clearly. Even with parents like the strutting Drake and mother Ida Duck (Paul Conklin and Julie Kaiser), who unconditionally love their "son" Ugly (Steve Mayer), who is a really a swan mistaken for a duck, he cannot tolerate the bullying by his siblings and other ducks in the area. So, Ugly escapes right into the clutches of a hungry cat (Jeffrey Roy Willis), who contrives to make Ugly his next meal bu