Bemidji State University Trombone Choir and Trumpet Ensemble concert this evening in Thompson Recital Hall is part of the weeklong celebration of music of brass instruments from the trombone soloist to the big band tradition. The choir, under the direction of low brass instructor Les Torgerson, will perform works ranging from classical to contemporary with the opening piece, "Achieved in the Glorious Work," from Haydn's "The Creation." The Trumpet Ensemble, under direction of acting professor of trumpet, Graham Steeds, will play "The Four Horsemen," by Gus Guentzel, "Torch Dance," arranged by R. W. Fraker and "Sonatina No. 2" by Don Gillis. Admission is free. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive Northeast.

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BirchHaven Village, 1700 Norton Ave. N.W., will host a reception for Grace Privratsky and her art work of cards and introduce her new Minnesota views and her paintings and carvings. The reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today, and the public is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

Pub entertainment

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., and Restaurant will welcome Teague Alexy to their stage for his unique foot-stompin', roots-to-rock story telling and music on an array of instruments. The show will run from 9 p.m. to midnight Friday.

Blackduck exhibit

Second Saturday in Blackduck will feature Roger Kallroos and his "Wildlife on Wood" and oil paintings. Kallroos will be at the gallery from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday to greet visitors, and his work will be on display in the TIN PAN gALLEry through April. The Easter events will include an Easter egg hunt for children - 1 p.m., ages 2-4; 1:30 p.m., ages 5-6; and 2 p.m. for ages 7-8. While parents are there with the children, they can visit the bake sale, which will offer cookies, candy and cupcakes. The Blackduck Area History and Art Center is located at Main Street and Margaret Avenue in downtown Blackduck.

Poetry workshop

Poetry Workshop with LouAnn Shepard Muhm, "Seeing Again: The Art of Revision in Poetry," will focus on rough drafts of poems. Muhn is a teacher and poet from northern Minnesota whose work has been published in many anthologies, as well as a full length collection, "Breaking Glass." The workshop is limited to eight people and the fee is $40 per participant payable by check made payable to the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Avenue, Bemidji, Mn. 56601. The deadline for registration is April 13. Direct questions to

Choral concert

BSU Choral Chamber Ensemble Concert will feature three auditioned groups: the Chamber Singers best known for the Madrigal Dinner Royal Court; Musikanten, a 16-voice men's choir; and Damestimmen, a nine-voice women's group. The music will range from the Renaissance to the 1970s pop hit, "Everything I Own." The concert is free and open to the public. The concert will be offered at 7:30 April 16 in the Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg Fine and Performing Arts Complex.

Senior recital

Beth Holzhueter, a BSU senior music education major, will present her senior instrumental recital, "Sonata for Bass Clarinet." She will be accompanied by Patrick Riley on cello and Matt Goinz and Abe Hunter on piano. The recital, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. April 18 in the Thompson Recital Hall.

Band concert

The High 48s, an award-winning group from the 2008 Rockygrass Band Competition Champions, will perform at the historic Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W., at 7:30 p.m. April 18. Tickets are $9 in advance and $12 on the day of the show for adults, $6 for teens and free for children 12 and younger and may be purchased at Overbeek Electronics and KRKB Music.

Jazz concert

BSU Jazz I Spring Concert will be performed in honor of Jazz Appreciation Month established by Congress in 2003 in legislation recognizing the Smithsonian's efforts to recognize this art form. Jazz concerts are celebrated across the country to honor the music as a national and world treasure. The group, under the direction of Darrin Oehlerking, will offer a salute to American composer Duke Ellington for the first half of the program with the standard, "Caravan" to a thoughtful rendition of "When You're Smiling." Machines take over in the second half with "Wind Machine," Brass Machine" and "The Blues Machine," but not to be left out of the mechanical age, Ellington's "Happy Go Lucky Local," will be offered with soloists Beth Holzhueter on clarinet and Therese Haugen on baritone sax. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and free for students. The concert will begin at 3 p.m. April 19 in Thompson Recital Hall.

Other events

-- Calling for singers, costumers, set construction and painting devotees, lighting designers and a myriad of other production opportunities for the summer production of "Fiddler on the Roof" by Northern Light Opera Company. The production will be staged July 31-Aug. 6. Auditions for singers and dancers will be held 5 p.m. April 14 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids and 5 p.m. April 16 at Hope Lutheran Church in Walker. Call backs and auditions by special arrangement will be at 10 a.m. April 18 at Calvary Lutheran Church in Park Rapids. Singers and dancers of all ages are encouraged to audition and should be prepared to sing a song from a musical or a light opera. An accompanist will be provided. For more information, contact Paul Dove at 732-7096 or

-- "Watercolor: Throwing Paint for Foliage and Flowers Workshop" is offered by Region 2 Arts Council. This three-day workshop with Kathy Kovala will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 26, 27 and 28 at the Mantrap Valley Conservation Clubhouse in Park Rapids. There is a $100 registration fee, and the deadline to register is May 1. For questions call Dale or Arlene at 732-8327. If interested in attending, send registration fee to the Region 2 Arts Council, 426 Bemidji Ave., Bemidji 56601.

-- Bad Cat Creations Gallery and Gifts, 315 Irvine Ave. N.W., is featuring BSU art student Cody Bartz. An art and design student, Bartz will display his screen-printed posters and pottery.

-- Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., welcomes the Ninth Annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational featuring works in all media by local students. Shop 426 has many new items for sale and all proceeds support BCAC programming and the artists of the shop. BCAC is open to the public during regular hours noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

-- The Beltrami County History Center exhibit, in conjunction with Gallery North, explores a "Spring Fling" now through May. The History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

-- Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., has a display on the Library Art Wall work of Geri Mead, a Leech Lake Art League in Walker member. Mead's work features impressions of the world of nature done in watercolor.

-- Cabin Coffeehouse and Café is hosting an exhibit of John Eggers photography of "Horses, Haystacks and Haunts." There is also an on-going display of Audrey Merschman's cards and paintings. The Cabin is open seven days a week and is located at 214 Third St. N.W.

-- Dunn Bros. Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., will continue to display the digital photography work of Brandon Bjerknes, "Simply Beautiful." Also available for purchase is Levandowski Pottery, stoneware and Raku made with nontoxic clay and lead free glazes and fused and slumped glassware by MaryBeth Vaudrin and Beverly Olson.

-- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., has announced the April showcase of the Annual Artists of Minnesota Traveling Mini Show of miniature original art. Gallery North featured artists of the month are two of its founding members, Joyce Martin, who teachers watercolor, and Mary Morton, a rosemaler.

-- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. N.W., welcomes Natalia Himirska and her exhibit "Embrace" in which she claims to merge "aesthetics and techniques from different eras into a synthesis expressed in contemporary visual language." The work, chosen by the North Country Health Services Art Committee, will be on display through June for the pleasure of the residents, families, staff and the community. Selected pieces are for sale, and a price list can be had at the information desk.

-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Ave. N.W., showcases Mackenzie Lindahl and Moni Schneider with their "Edible Mandala: an Exploration of Culinary Inspiration" in photographs, which highlight their love of food and cooking.

-- Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave., features "Mother Art," a collection of paintings, drawings, jewelry, photography and sculpture made by women of all ages from the Bemidji area. This gallery is only open on Wild Rose Theater performance days.

-- The Talley Gallery will host the 2009 Spring Scholarship Show, "No Boundaries." The exhibit will be up until April 17. The gallery is located in the Education Arts Building. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. The gallery is barrier free and is open to the public at no charge

-- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., has an ongoing display of new art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale.

-- Stop at the Tourist Information Center, 300 Bemidji Ave., by the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Sculpture Walk.

Mark your calendars now with these upcoming events:

-- "Cinderella," a collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and BSU, will be staged at 7:30 p.m. April 17 and 18 and 3 p.m. April 19. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children at K.K. Thompson in the mall and Iverson's Corner Drug downtown.

-- The 40th Annual Festival of Nations will be held from 3-7 p.m. April 18 in the BSU Beaux Arts Ball Room of the Hobson Memorial Union.

-- "Sam and Alice" will perform a free concert April 18 at the Cabin Coffeehouse and Café.

-- Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, Bemidji Chorale, BSU Choir and Bemidji High School A Capella Choir will present Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at 3 p.m. April 26 in the BHS Auditorium.

-- Sculpture Walk Reception with artists, food and music by Pelican Railroad will be held at 5 p.m., May 16 in the waterfront Rotary Pavilion.

-- Theater Unbound in collaboration with the Wild Rose Women's Theater collective will present three plays by Anne Bertram in Wild Rose Theater May 16 and 17.

-- Gallery North and Northern Artists will sponsor "The Artists of Minnesota Spring Show" May 15-17. For more information, call Pat at 751-8842 or on line at

-- Pelican Railroad will perform every Wednesday night from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. at the Backyard BBQ, 119 Third St. N.W.

Announcements of arts and entertainment events may be sent to the Bemidji Pioneer, P.O. Box 455, Bemidji, MN 56619-0455 or e-mailed to