Around the Arts, November 26

Symphony Orchestra releases Handel’s Messiah CD

BEMIDJI -- The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra recently announced the release of its CD, “Handel’s Messiah,” as recorded live in concert April 30 at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Joined by four soloists and three choirs in a 70-minute performance of selections from this masterpiece, the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra welcomed the largest audience to date for the concert, a press release said. Beverly Everett conducted.

The CD features the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra joined by Jennifer Olson, soprano; Leandra Craigmile, mezzo-soprano; Jace Erickson, tenor; and Cory J. Renbarger, baritone; plus the combined members of the Bemidji Chorale, the Bemidji Choir, and the Park Rapids Classic Chorale.  

The 2-disc set costs $20 and can be purchased with check or cash at the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra’s holiday concert “The Snowman: Music and Film” on Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Or call (218) 444-7914.

Bagley library plans ‘Storyteller’ series

BAGLEY -- Farm By The Lake will host the series “storytellers” over several months at the Bagley Public Library, 79 Spencer Ave. SW. The series is free and open to the public. The scheduled events include Slam Storyteller Ward Rubecht on Jan. 14, local storyteller Dick Roue on Jan. 28, comic storyteller Michael Venske on Feb. 11, naturalist storyteller Al Batt on Feb. 25, interactive storyteller Nothando Zulu on March 11, and a writing workshop with Will Weaver on March 25.

Festival of Wreaths comes to Bemidji

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts and Bemidji Area Sertoma Club will host the inaugural Festival of Wreaths. Area businesses have sponsored and decorated wreaths to be on display and then auctioned off to benefit Bemidji Sertoma’s mission of supporting speech and hearing needs as well as Headwaters Music and Arts’ music scholarship program, a press release said.

The public wreath viewing was held on Friday, Nov. 24, at Headwaters Music and Arts.

The wreath auction will then be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2 at Headwaters, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, with a $10 admission fee. There will be a cash bar from Brigid’s Pub and live music will be provided by Mike and Miles Tangen, April Aylesworth, Kari Grace, Dan Will and Preston Hoiseth. Participants are encouraged to wear their “sparkliest, shiniest, or silliest holiday wear” to take part in the “Get Decked” contest with prizes from local businesses, the press release said. Tickets are available at the door or by calling Headwaters Music and Arts at (218) 444-5605 or by visiting

Headwaters creates ornament crafting event

BEMIDJI -- Headwaters Music and Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW, will host an event for participants to create birch bark ornaments. There will be two sessions for the event, including Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 9 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to people of all levels of experience ages 18 and older. Registration is required, as there are a limited number of spots available. The class will be led be weaver and local woods-woman Emily Derke. The Tuesday class costs $30 for the public or $25 for Headwaters members. The Saturday class costs $40 for the public or $35 for Headwaters members. For more information or to register, call (218) 444-5606 or visit

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.