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Lin sisters to perform back-to-back concerts in Bemidji

Chiu-Ling Lin and Chiu-Tze Lin, sister pianists, will perform the final installment of the 2007-2008 Bemidji Concert Series Friday, a Master Class at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts Saturday and with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Sunday.

Chiu-Ling Lin and Chiu-Tze Lin, sister pianists, will perform the final installment of the 2007-2008 Bemidji Concert Series Friday, a Master Class at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts Saturday and with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Sunday.

The Bemidji Concert Series performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Tickets cost $20 for the general public and $10 for students. Tickets are available at the BSU Department of Music, Lueken's Village Foods North, Tutto Bene and, if available, at the door.

The series is supported in part by the BSU Department of Music, The Bemidji Pioneer, Bemidji Super 8 Motel and the BSU Student Activity Allocation Committee.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, the Lin sisters will conduct a free Master Class for area piano students and teachers at the Headwaters School, 519 Minnesota Ave. N.W.

Chiu-Ling Lin has performed around the world. She is currently the principal keyboard player with the Des Moines Symphony. Her CD is titled "Portraits of China."

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Chiu-Tze Lin began performing in Singapore. Through a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, she toured as a soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. She also is a conductor and currently serves as music director for the Princeton Presbyterian Church.

The duo pianists will also join the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Bemidji High School auditorium for a celebration titled "Salute to feathers, furs, and fins." Original paintings of animals by Bemidji artist Mary Therese Peterson will be projected for audience viewing during the performance. Soprano Carrie Mineck will narrate the piece, which is subtitled a "Grand Zoological Fantasy." Mineck will also sing Chausson's "Poems of Love and Sea" with the orchestra.

"The Lin sisters and Carrie Mineck are all wonderful talents," said BSO Music Director Beverly Everett. "All have been here before and have wowed our audiences. It will be a thrill for me and the orchestra - and the audience as well -- to have them all together in this concert."

Everett added that the concert, which also features selections from Bizet's "Carmen Suites" and Berlioz's "Roman Carnival Overture," is a performance the whole family will enjoy.

Sunday's BSO concert is the last of the orchestra's 2007-2008 season. Tickets are $10 or $5 for students and seniors, and will be available at the door. Everett will present a pre-concert talk beginning at 2 p.m. in the BHS Commons. Members of the BSO will also perform Deli Delights, chamber music with Everett on keyboard, Gretchen Rusch on oboe, Jeff Sands on euphonium and others at noon Friday at Lueken's North Delicatessen.

Complete information on the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's 70th Anniversary Season 2008-2009 and season membership tickets will also be available beginning at $40.

The upcoming BSO season will feature internationally renowned pianist André Watts in November. Everett and Watts have been musical associates since they met at the Britt Music Festival in 2002.

Other highlights of the season will be the performance of Beethoven's massive Ninth Symphony, and the premiere of an original work by noted composer Libby Larsen. Both pieces are for orchestra, soloists and chorus and will be featured on the April 2009 concert. The Larsen work, based on poetry, will be narrated by Michael Barone of Minnesota Public Radio. The commission was made possible by a grant from the George W. Neilson Foundation.

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Complete season information will be available at www.bemidjisymphony.org beginning on April 14. Checks for season memberships/tickets may be made out to the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, and sent to: PO Box 3136, Bemidji, MN 56619.

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