Pioneer Previews: Bemidji Symphony presents 'American Kids'

"American Kids" with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will begin at 3 p.m. today in the Bemidji High School auditorium. Guest artist, cellist Nicholas Hardie will be performing Robert Schumann's "Cello Concerto in A minor." A group of area string s...

"American Kids" with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will begin at 3 p.m. today in the Bemidji High School auditorium. Guest artist, cellist Nicholas Hardie will be performing Robert Schumann's "Cello Concerto in A minor." A group of area string students will join the BSO on stage for a performance of Gustav Holst's "St. Paul Suite." The program will conclude with "Academic Festival Overture" by Johannes Brahms, all pieces under the direction of Beverly Everett. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for college students with a valid ID. Students grades K- 12 are free.

Timberline with John Essig, Kari Munson and Dave Sand will be playing from 2-6 p.m. today at the Eagles Club, 1270 Neilson Ave. SE.

Common Ground is a program which explores the creative process and cultural events in our region. On this week's episode, DuWayne Schwindt will show the many details of intarsia art (decorative inlay using wood). Steve Vollmer, a harness and saddle maker, will show how he uses leather to create a wide range of functional and stylish harnesses for horses. John Norman will show how he turns forms with lustrous finishes from wood. The program airs at 7 p.m. Thursday and will be rebroadcast at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Roy C. Booth and R. Thomas Riley will hold a book signing and reception for "Diaphanous" and "The Flesh of Fallen Angels" from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Roy's Comics and Games, 210 3rd St. N.W.

American Christian Contemporary music artist Chris Tomlin will be performing at 7 p.m. March 15 at the Sanford Center. Tickets are on sale now at the Sanford Box Office (218) 441-4031 and prices are $22 each or $18 each for groups of 15 or more.


Monroe Crossing with opening act, Bemidji's own Caleigh, a Celtic group, will perform at 7:30 p.m. March 17 at the historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW. Tickets are on sale for $20 at Kelsey's Jewelry, Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, Overbeek Electronics and Music or by calling 209-7884. If available, tickets will be sold at the door starting at 6:30 p.m. the day of performance.

Home Free, an a capella choir, will be performing at the final performance of the 2011-12 competition shows of Vocalmotive and La Voce Bello. The concert will be at 7 p.m. March 23, which will also feature an exhibition of the middle school group Pizzaz, and 7 p.m. March 24, which features the middle school group JIVE joining the program. Tickets are $12 each and available at both Lueken's Village Foods locations and Overbeeks.

Watercolor workshop using the wet-on wet technique with Marion Reil will be from noon to 4 p.m., March 17 at Gallery North. No experience is necessary and all materials will be provided by the instructor. Register now at Gallery North and the fee is $45.

Call for Artists for the First City of the Arts Studio Cruise 2012 October 19-21. Artists within a 40-mile radius of Bemidji or a guest artist at a qualifying host studio may apply for this juried event. Access the application online at -look for the Studio Cruise listing. Deadline for all applications is April 15 and the fees include a $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee if accepted. Questions can be directed to or 218-333-3547 and Lori Forshee-Donnay at or 218-444-7570.

Bemidji Community Arts Center, 426 Bemidji Ave. N., has on display, "Art from Within," a collection of art work from people who want to express their feelings and understanding for what the Bill of Rights means to them. BCAC is open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. NW, has an exhibit of paintings from the Advanced Placement (AP) Students of Art Teacher Kristin Gustafson from TrekNorth. The library is closed on Sunday.

Brigid's Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Ave. NW, has on display Weston Holland's exhibit, "MN Reflected-Photographic Impressionism." Brigid's is closed on Sunday.

Cabin Coffeehouse and Café, 213 3rd St. NW, has on display the photographs of AJ Dombeck. The Cabin is open seven days a week.


Fleur de Lis Gallery, 501 Bemidji Ave. N., is open whenever the sign is out front of the building and has on display the work of local and regional artists.

Gallery North, 502 3rd St. NW, has a display of Artists of Minnesota mini-show traveling show of art work from across the state. Featured gallery artist of the month is Jeannie Fenner. The gallery is closed on Sunday.

Glazed and Amused, 311 3rd St. NW, will host Mike Mohler's large scale mixed media caricatures. Glazed and Amused is closed Sunday and Monday.

Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave., is hosting an exhibit of a body of works by the Artists of Studio 10; an eclectic mix of acrylics, oils, watercolors and mixed media. The exhibit is open during regular HSMA business hours.

Neilson Place, 1000 Anne St. NW, is hosting an exhibit of work by Kathy Gustafson and Pat Shough entitled "Flora and Fauna." Neilson Place is open for viewers until 8 p.m. daily.

Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 523 Minnesota Ave NW, has on display the work of local artist Sarah Nordlund and her vibrant acrylic paintings. The bistro is closed on Sunday.

Auditions for "Paul Bunyan the Musical" from fourth grade high school students will be from 4:30-7 p.m., March 20-21 at the Wild Rose Theater. Performances will be Aug. 3-5 and 9-11.

Auditions at Long Lake Theater for summer productions will be March 26- 27. More information available online at


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 .

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