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Around the Arts, November 12

BSU hosts trombone choir after hiatus

BEMIDJI -- BSU's trombone choir will host a performance at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Thompson Recital Hall of BSU's Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The concert returns this year after a brief hiatus. The choir will perform pieces by Nelhybel, Saint-Saëns, Chase, Haydn, and Glière, among others.

Admission is free. The trombone choir, co-directed by Curtis Olson and Ryan Webber, adjunct instructors of music, includes BSU students and members of the Bemidji community.

Acclaimed saxophonist to perform at Headwaters

BEMIDJI—Composer and saxophonist Nathan Hanson will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. The concert will feature Hanson's music that is part jazz, part classical and part something-else, according to a press release. Admission is free and open to the public.

Hanson has performed in venues all around the world, the release said. His compositions and recordings have been featured on radio, television and film in the United States and Europe. He is a graduate of Newberry College, and the University of South Carolina.

Hailed as an "extraordinary performer with a beautiful tone and concept" (Cadence magazine), Hanson has lived in St. Paul since 2006 following a residency in New York City from 1998 to 2006. For more information about Hanson and his music, visit

Fur trading exhibit at county history center

BEMIDJI—The Beltrami County Historical Society presents "Fur Trade in Minnesota," a new traveling exhibit that will open at the Beltrami County History Center on Wednesday, Nov. 15.

Hundreds of years ago, Minnesota played a key role in the fur trade, which stretched across five continents. Visitors to the exhibit can lift a 45-pound Voyageur's pack, learn how the fur trade shaped Ojibwe art and discover how beaver pelts could be transformed into sleek, stately hats that were all the rage among wealthy Europeans, a release said.

Field trip opportunities for all grade levels available.

"Fur Trade in Minnesota" was created by the Minnesota History Center's "Exhibits to Go" program, which brings Minnesota history to communities statewide.

The Beltrami County History Center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. NW.

Arts Association produces 'It's A Wonderful Life'

FOSSTON—The Fosston Community Library Arts Association recently announced this year's production of "It's a Wonderful Life" at the Fosston Library Theater.

The performances will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 30, Friday, Dec. 1, and Saturday, Dec. 2, and at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $7 for children.

Based on the 1946 film, the musical follows George Bailey's life from his childhood dreams to his midlife disappointments and beyond, a press release said. "Cinematically scored and theatrically staged, the adaptation breathes musical life into a familiar story, while retaining the warmth, humor and pathos of the original," the release said.

Art Center goes back to the 1920s for fundraiser

PARK RAPIDS—The Nemeth Art Center will host a 1920s-themed fundraising dinner from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18, called "Brother Can You Spare a Dime?" The event will be hosted by local chefs Amy Thielen and Megan Handke and will be held at Spike's Speakeasy, the newly reopened, historic CCC roadhouse located north of Park Rapids on Highway 71.

Attendees are invited to dress in 1920s-themed attire and bring their change jars to donate to the art center. The heaviest jar of change will win an original piece of art by photographer Wayne Gundmundson, according to a release. The cost of the dinner is $75 per person. Space is limited. To reserve a spot, email

Mitchell performs at Community Library Arts Center

FOSSTON—J. Warren Mitchell, a rising opera tenor in Germany and a former professor at BSU, will perform at the Fosston Library Arts Center on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m. Admission is a freewill donation. For more information, call Caese Haroldson at (763) 999-1959 or email

First City Singers seeks new director

BEMIDJI-- The First City Singers, a non-audition vocal performance group, is seeking a volunteer with choral-direction experience to lead weekly rehearsals and occasional performances at area senior living facilities. Rehearsals are 1 p.m. Mondays at Headwaters Music and Arts. First City Singers also welcomes additional men and women ages 55 and older to the group. For information about the volunteer director position or becoming a member, contact organizer Kathy Hughes at (218) 751-5129 or Donna Dremmel (218) 343-2988.

Clearwater Historical Society seeks input for exhibit

SHEVLIN—The Clearwater County Historical Society is seeking input from the public for an exhibition to be on display from November through January 2018 at the History Center in Shevlin.

This short-term exhibit "Creative Clearwater" will showcase the creative residents in Clearwater County, past and present. The museum is asking local artists and crafters to loan up to five items to display during those months. Additionally, owners who have artwork by an artist or crafter from Clearwater's past is encouraged to share it. For more information, contact the History Center at (218) 785-2000 or email

The History Center in Shevlin is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays as well as 1 to 4 p.m. the last Sunday of each month. Admission is free, and donations are accepted.