Patt Rall Art Column: Duo-harpsichord recital to be held Sunday

Deborah Steinbar and Sarah Carlson will perform harpsichord keyboard concertos by J.S. Bach and selections from The Art of the Fugue at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. St...

Deborah Steinbar and Sarah Carlson will perform harpsichord keyboard concertos by J.S. Bach and selections from The Art of the Fugue at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Bemidji State University Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. Steinbar, an adjunct faculty member of the BSU Department of Music, and Carlson, director of music ministry at First Lutheran Church, will play on French and Italian instruments which were built for BSU.

First Friday art

First Friday events feature varied and exciting options. Start the day at Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., with Kristin Gustafson's exhibit, a variety of wall art creations. Again this month, the First Friday events at Gallery North will be extended to include Saturday. Gallery artist, Ted Peterson will demonstrate acrylic painting techniques and Jeannie Fenner will show how to create three dimensional trees. The Minnesota Forest Stage will feature Mavis Winger and Friends from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Kenny Whelan and the Hub Caps will entertain from 3:30-4:30 p.m. on Friday. Enjoy the refreshments, music and meeting the artists from 2-5 p.m. The events are free and open to the public.

-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 535 Minnesota Ave. N.W., will present the work of Derrick Duke and his fantastical colorful pastels and prints. The opening reception is from 3-5 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Bluebird will perform during dinner from 6:30-8:30 p.m. This local singing group, noted for tight harmony, features Jessica Conrad, Anne Meredith-Will and Kari Munson.

-- Bemidji Community Art Center's opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. for the Annual Bemidji High School Invitational featuring works by local students in a wide range of media. The exhibit will run until April 26. This event is free and open to the public. BCAC is located at 426 Bemidji Ave. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.


-- Neilson Place, 1000 Anne Street, N.W., welcomes "Nature Runs Through It," an exhibit of water scenes and florals by Judy Selby, whose focus is the process which allows for movement and color. The reception, which is free and open to the public, will run from 6:30-8 p.m. with a short talk by Selby at 7 p.m. The North Country Health Service Art Committee is hosting this exhibit which will be displayed through July for the pleasure of residents, their families, staff and the public. All the work is for sale and a price list will be available at the reception desk.

-- The Mask and Rose Women's Theater Collective, 501 Bemidji Ave. in the Masonic Temple, will offer "Shared Stories" as well open mike spots for musicians starts at 7 p.m. A preview of the upcoming show, "Sister Song Celebration," a concert of female musicians slated for April 12, will feature Hattie Peterson, Shannon Murray, Shylan Rose and many others. Sign up for open mike for poets, writers and musicians starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Theater. Admission is $2 for individuals or $5 for families. The Fleur de Lis Gallery, in conjunction with the "Sister Song Celebration," opens with a new show for the month of April titled "Mother Art." For further information, contact Cate Belleveau at .

-- The Bemidji Public Library, 509 America Ave. N.W., Art Wall for April will feature art work from small children at the Bemidji University Day Care. For more information on this exhibit or if you are interested in displaying as an art department or individual artist, contact Beverlee Olson at 368-3032. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

-- The Beltrami County History Center, in conjunction with Gallery North, announces their new art wall exhibit, "Spring -- A Time of Renewal," for the months of April and May. The center is located at 130 Minnesota Ave. S.W. in the historic James J. Hill Great Northern Depot. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Saturday.

-- Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., continues to feature the work of northland artist and photographer Kate Lalone in her installation entitled "Photography by Lilly's Eye." Also on display and for sale is Levandowski Pottery, stoneware and Raku made with nontoxic clay and lead free glazes.

Female vocal duo

Musical group, beyond the frail, makes stop in Bemidji on a promotional tour of their new release, "Butterfly Sketches." This duo draws listeners with its blend of alternative folk music, poetic lyrics and stunning female vocals. The time is 11 a.m. on Wednesday at BSU. Call, 755-2915 for more information.

Varsity Singers


Bemidji State University Varsity Singers will perform a community concert at 7 p.m. April 14 in tribute to Big Band composer and singer Russ Carlyle. The concert will be held at the Breezy Point Resort where Carlyle and his dance band performed along with lesser known places such as Las Vegas. If you can't make it to the resort to hear "The Breezy Point Song," don't miss the chance to see and hear them at 7:30 p.m. April 16 in Thompson Recital Hall at BSU. The chorus, under the direction of Janice Hayworth, is a non-auditioned ensemble which is primarily a service organization active in sharing music around the region. The full program will include student soloists, a medley of movie songs, two Hebrew songs and an arrangement of the "William Tell Overture" for choir. The BSU concert is free and open to the public.

Audition call

Young Thespians, it's not too early to sign up for a five minute audition time for Mask and Rose Women's Theater production of "Pippi Longstockings." Students from second grade through high school are invited to audition for this show which will be performed from Aug. 14-18 under the big top tent at the lakefront. Be prepared to recite a memorized poem or reading and to sing an upbeat song. Contact, director Cate Belleveau at to reserve a time between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. April 11 in the Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave.

Sister Song

Sister Song Celebration at the Wild Rose Theater will be held at 6:45 p.m. April 12 in the Mask & Rose Theater, with proceeds to go towards a musical scholarship for an up-and-coming female musician. Some familiar singers including Bluebird, Caleigh, Annie Humphrey, Hattie Peterson, Shylan Rose, Maggie Carlson and a BSU Brass Quintet will be there to entertain. The Fleur De Lis Gallery's installation of "Mother Art," by women from Bemidji High School and BSU is an eclectic collection of art celebrating women and the earth. The concert has a sliding scale ticket price of $5 to $25 based on what you think you can give towards this worthy cause.

Fire tower event

An exciting event for all ages is coming to the Blackduck Senior Citizens Center on April 13. The Blackduck History and Arts Center will bring David Quam, who is Director of the Minnesota Chapter of the Forest Fire Lookout Association to present "Room With A View: Living in a Forest Fire Lookout." The first talk is scheduled for 10:45 a.m. Visitors can then tour forest history and lookout displays, meet fire wardens or venture outside to talk with firemen and explore a variety of fire trucks. A "Lookout Chili" lunch will be served from 11:30 am to 1:30 p.m. with adult ticket price of $6 and children at $3. Quam will repeat his morning presentation at 1:45 p.m. The Senior Citizen's Center is located in downtown Blackduck.

Symphony concert


Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's final concert of the season is one the whole family will enjoy. Lions, elephants, turtles and kangaroos will roam the aisles (in one's imagination) during their rendition of Saint-Saens, "Carnival of the Animals." The centerpiece of the concert, it will feature duo pianists and sisters Chiu Ling Lin and Chiu Tze Lin in their "salute to feathers, furs and fins," as original painting of animals by Mary Therese Peterson are projected on a large screen while Carrie Mineck narrates this "Grand Zoological Fantasy" with humorous poetry by Ogden Nash. To complete the program, soprano Carrie Mineck will sing Chausson's "Poems of Love and Sea" with selections from Bizet's "Carmen Suites" and Berlioz's "Roman Carnival Overture." Beverly Everett, musical director of the symphony, will give a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. in the high school commons. Tickets are $10 and $5 for students and seniors. The concert will begin at 3 p.m., April 13 in the Bemidji High School auditorium.

Other events

-- Bid on original pieces from the Bemidji Sculpture Walk now on the RP Broadcasting site, then look under "Steals and Deals" for a complete listing of prices and minimum bids. Sculptures for 2008 will be installed the weekend of May 16-17.

-- Dates have changed for Writers Workshop with CarolAnn Russell at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave. NW. Titled "From the Battle zone to Beauty: Return to Fire, Stars and Summer Lightning," the sessions will run on Saturdays from 1-4 p.m. April 12, 26 and May 3. The fee is $30 per session or $75 for all three. Call the Headwaters School at 444-5606 for further information or to register.

-- Tickets are on sale now for the final performance of the sixth annual Bemidji Concert Series sponsored by the BSU Department of Music. Pianists Chui-Ling Lin and Chiu-Tze Lin, a world class sister duo and solo entertainers will perform at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 11. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $10 for students and may be purchased at the Department of Music, Lueken's Village Foods North and Tutto Bene Restaurant. If available, tickets will be sold at the door the night of the performance in Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, 14th Street and Birchmont Drive. This 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.

-- Area piano students and teachers are invited to a Master Class by sister duo, Chui-Ling Lin and Chiu-Tze Lin. The class will be held at the Headwaters School for Music and the Arts at 3 p.m. April 12. There is no admission fee for this event. Call 444-5606 to register.

-- "Emotions are Passion. Passion is Art," an exhibit focusing on jewelry and metalwork to open at Talley Gallery. The installation will be up from April 4-18. The opening for Brittany Moore's work is at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday. Located in the Hobson Memorial Union on the campus of BSU, the gallery is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-- Tutto Bene is featuring art work by Beverlee Olson, Jane Freeman, Judy Selby, Pat Shough and MaryBeth Vaudrin for viewing pleasure and sale Located in downtown Bemidji, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and is closed on Sunday.

-- Stop at the Tourist Information Center located by the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe at the foot of 4th Street on Lake Bemidji, for a map and information on the pieces included in the Sculpture Walk.

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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