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PATT RALL COLUMN: Where did the time go? Holidays and the arts are here

Wow! How did "that time of year" roll around so quickly, perhaps we weren't paying attention to the pace of time, being busy with all the musical and theatrical events this fall?...

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Wow! How did "that time of year" roll around so quickly, perhaps we weren't paying attention to the pace of time, being busy with all the musical and theatrical events this fall? Thanks are due to Beverly Everett of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra for inviting the MIDIots to the concert stage last Sunday. For those not familiar with the group, it was an exhilarating introduction and for those who have heard them before, the addition of the string section of the orchestra was inspired. The audience response was overwhelming.
Thanks to the Bemidji community for supporting the latest production of Bemidji Community Theater, "Mary Poppins" the Broadway version which focuses on healing a fractured family. This show sold out sooner than any other production in the past and BCT congratulates the actors, director, stage manager, musical director (new this show) and accompanist, the amazing Wayne Hoff. Dwayne Johnson plied his craft to build another set on a revolve for the change of scenes - well done! Congratulations to all those involved in the musical for the surprises and competent showmanship. Thanks also due to Scott Guidry, director of Bands at BSU, for an outstanding concert featuring the Symphonic Band this past Wednesday. The Damenstimmen Women's Chorus and Musikanten Men's Chorus performed Tuesday in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg to the delight of the singers and audience. Now that the end of the semester is quickly approaching, all of the music groups are displaying their talents under the tutelage of their professors - congratulations to all! Watermark Art Center has relocated to a temporary space in downtown Bemidji in order to facilitate the renovations on the calendar for this fall. Look for The Tea and Gift Shoppe in the True North Healthcare building and you will find the WAC in smaller spaces through the winter and summer. The prime movers of the center are accepting donations for the Make Your Mark campaign to turn the former lakeside Luekens to a cutting edge art center     Upcoming events • Tickets are being sold for this season's "Madrigal Dinners," the 48th annual production, which is under the direction of the newest member of the department of music vocal professor, Dwight Jilek. Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 1-3 and a 5 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets can be purchased starting at 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the madrigal ticket office, around the corner of the music department office on the second floor of Bangsberg. • The Northern Artist Association will host its monthly 12:30 p.m. meeting Monday at the Eagles Club. Diane Crawford will provide a demonstration with alcohol inks. Refreshments will be served, the public is invited. For more info please call 759-2952 • "Manheim Steamroller" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sanford Center with select members of the BSO joining them for the concert: Melanie Hanson, Andrew Green, Andrew Ronnevik, Anita Norden (violins); Cathie Harch (viola); Patrick Riley (cello); Gretchen Rusch (oboe); Eve Sumsky (horn) and Craig Swartz (trumpet). Tickets are still available at the Bob Lowth Pickup Window at the Sanford Center or any Ticketmaster location. Reserved seats are priced at $39, $49 and $64. • The Bemidji Public Library will host a free presentation at 2 p.m. Nov. 26. Author Brandon Ferdig spent 2016 traveling the American South meeting with the elderly, self-proclaimed rednecks, Pentecostals, politicians, and more. They opened up about their lives, outlooks on the world, hopes and struggles. He will share stories, photos, and footage of his interactions and insights from the South. Ferdig will also be selling and signing copies of his book "Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity from China". This event is free and open to the public. • Opera on the big screen at the Bemidji 10 Theater with the "Three Tenors" filmed at their performance at the Vienna Konzerthaus. The show times are set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 3; brought to us by Rising Alternatives with tickets at the door: $12.50 for adults and $9 for children, students and senior citizens. The next opera will be "La Nozze De Figaro" in February. • BSO concert "Legends and Lore" featuring Luke Bernard, a graduate of BSU's Department of Music, will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 for the annual holiday show. Tickets are available now at Leuken's Village Foods: adults $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for college students with valid ID and students K-12 free. Tickets will also be available for purchase at brownpapertickets.com or at the door the evening of performance. • "Voltage" in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the main theater of Bangsberg, free admission for all. • Jingle Pops featuring the Wind Ensemble, Blue Ice and the Percussion Ensemble at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the main theater of Bangsberg. • Bemidji Choir of BSU's vocal group will hold a free concert for the public at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the First Lutheran Church.Wow! How did "that time of year" roll around so quickly, perhaps we weren't paying attention to the pace of time, being busy with all the musical and theatrical events this fall?Thanks are due to Beverly Everett of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra for inviting the MIDIots to the concert stage last Sunday. For those not familiar with the group, it was an exhilarating introduction and for those who have heard them before, the addition of the string section of the orchestra was inspired. The audience response was overwhelming.
Thanks to the Bemidji community for supporting the latest production of Bemidji Community Theater, "Mary Poppins" the Broadway version which focuses on healing a fractured family. This show sold out sooner than any other production in the past and BCT congratulates the actors, director, stage manager, musical director (new this show) and accompanist, the amazing Wayne Hoff. Dwayne Johnson plied his craft to build another set on a revolve for the change of scenes - well done! Congratulations to all those involved in the musical for the surprises and competent showmanship.Thanks also due to Scott Guidry, director of Bands at BSU, for an outstanding concert featuring the Symphonic Band this past Wednesday. The Damenstimmen Women's Chorus and Musikanten Men's Chorus performed Tuesday in Thompson Recital Hall of Bangsberg to the delight of the singers and audience. Now that the end of the semester is quickly approaching, all of the music groups are displaying their talents under the tutelage of their professors - congratulations to all!Watermark Art Center has relocated to a temporary space in downtown Bemidji in order to facilitate the renovations on the calendar for this fall. Look for The Tea and Gift Shoppe in the True North Healthcare building and you will find the WAC in smaller spaces through the winter and summer. The prime movers of the center are accepting donations for the Make Your Mark campaign to turn the former lakeside Luekens to a cutting edge art center  Upcoming events• Tickets are being sold for this season's "Madrigal Dinners," the 48th annual production, which is under the direction of the newest member of the department of music vocal professor, Dwight Jilek. Performances are 7 p.m. Dec. 1-3 and a 5 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Dec. 4. Tickets can be purchased starting at 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the madrigal ticket office, around the corner of the music department office on the second floor of Bangsberg.• The Northern Artist Association will host its monthly 12:30 p.m. meeting Monday at the Eagles Club. Diane Crawford will provide a demonstration with alcohol inks. Refreshments will be served, the public is invited. For more info please call 759-2952• "Manheim Steamroller" at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Sanford Center with select members of the BSO joining them for the concert: Melanie Hanson, Andrew Green, Andrew Ronnevik, Anita Norden (violins); Cathie Harch (viola); Patrick Riley (cello); Gretchen Rusch (oboe); Eve Sumsky (horn) and Craig Swartz (trumpet). Tickets are still available at the Bob Lowth Pickup Window at the Sanford Center or any Ticketmaster location. Reserved seats are priced at $39, $49 and $64.• The Bemidji Public Library will host a free presentation at 2 p.m. Nov. 26. Author Brandon Ferdig spent 2016 traveling the American South meeting with the elderly, self-proclaimed rednecks, Pentecostals, politicians, and more. They opened up about their lives, outlooks on the world, hopes and struggles. He will share stories, photos, and footage of his interactions and insights from the South. Ferdig will also be selling and signing copies of his book "Life Learned Abroad: Lessons on Humanity from China". This event is free and open to the public.• Opera on the big screen at the Bemidji 10 Theater with the "Three Tenors" filmed at their performance at the Vienna Konzerthaus. The show times are set for 7 p.m. on Dec. 1 and a 2 p.m. matinee on Dec. 3; brought to us by Rising Alternatives with tickets at the door: $12.50 for adults and $9 for children, students and senior citizens. The next opera will be "La Nozze De Figaro" in February.• BSO concert "Legends and Lore" featuring Luke Bernard, a graduate of BSU's Department of Music, will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 for the annual holiday show. Tickets are available now at Leuken's Village Foods: adults $20, $15 for seniors, $10 for college students with valid ID and students K-12 free. Tickets will also be available for purchase at brownpapertickets.com or at the door the evening of performance.• "Voltage" in concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 in the main theater of Bangsberg, free admission for all.• Jingle Pops featuring the Wind Ensemble, Blue Ice and the Percussion Ensemble at 2 p.m. Dec. 3 in the main theater of Bangsberg.• Bemidji Choir of BSU's vocal group will hold a free concert for the public at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the First Lutheran Church.

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