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A little 'Peace on Earth': BSO brings back popular ‘Snowman’ soundtrack as part of holiday concert

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra rehearses for its holiday concert to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the at Bemidji High School Auditorium. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)1 / 5
Members of the Bemidji Synphony Orchestra's string section rehearse the soundtrack for “The Snowman,” a movie that will be shown during the first half of Tuesday night's concert at Bemidji High School. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)2 / 5
Beverly Everett conducts the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra in rehearsal for Tuesday's concert at Bemidji High School. (Jillian Gandsey | Bemidji Pioneer)3 / 5
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Emily Walter5 / 5

BEMIDJI—When the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra performed the soundtrack from "The Snowman" at its holiday concert last year, it was a hit with both the audience and the musicians.

Because of that, the orchestra is bringing it back for this year's concert, to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

"It was really so well received," Conductor Beverly Everett said. "We thought maybe there were some people who weren't able to come last year for one reason or another. Or even if they were there they might like to see it again, because people just really enjoy the story and getting to see the film and hear the soundtrack played live is a really exciting opportunity."

The concert, titled "Let There Be Peace On Earth," also will feature guest soloist Emily Walter. The BSO also will perform "Sleigh Ride" and "O Christmas Festival" and will lead the audience in its traditional singalong medley of Christmas carols.

Orchestra members rehearse the soundtrack for “The Snowman,” a movie that will be shown during the Tuesday concert."The Snowman" is an Academy Award-nominated animation based on Raymond Briggs' classic children's book of the same name. It is the story of a young boy who builds a snowman that magically comes to life, and the two of them go soaring through the sky on an adventure. The film itself is wordless, and the BSO will perform Howard Blake's "Snowman" soundtrack live with the film.

The 26-minute movie also will feature a vocal solo by 12-year-old Matthew Hanson, whose mother, Melanie, is the BSO's concertmaster. Matthew, a sixth grader, will sing "Walking on the Air." It is the only piece of music that is sung on the film.

"He did it last year and just did an absolutely magnificent job." Everett said.

Emily WalterThe second half of Tuesday's concert will feature Walter, who will take a one-night break from her four-state tour, "A Magical Medora Christmas," to join the BSO.

Walter will perform "Do You Hear What I Hear," "O Holy Night," "Santa Baby," and "Christmas Wish/Let There Be Peace on Earth."

Walter was host of the Medora Musical from 2010-2015. She currently hosts the Medora Gospel Brunch, which will return for its fourth season in 2019. Her holiday tour began Nov. 22 in South Dakota and continues through Dec. 22 with performances in Montana, North Dakota and Minnesota. She will resume work with a Carpenters tribute show in February in Mesa, Ariz.

"Emily is such a wonderful performer in her ability to connect with the audience," Everett said. "With every note she is reaching out into the audience and giving it her all to connect with them through her music." 

If you go:

What: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Concert

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11

Where: Bemidji High School Auditorium

Tickets: Adult $20, Seniors 62 and over $15, college students with ID $10, students in grades K-12 admitted free. Available with cash or check at the door, in advance at Lueken's Village Foods North/South, or with a credit card at brownpapertickets.com. All seats general admission. Doors open for seating at 6:30 p.m.

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