Patt Rall Arts Column: Bemidji State Trombone Choir to perform tonight

The Bemidji State University Trombone Choir, featuring 20 trombonists, will present a spring concert free of charge at 7:30 p.m. today in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

The Bemidji State University Trombone Choir, featuring 20 trombonists, will present a spring concert free of charge at 7:30 p.m. today in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex.

Included in the program will be Andrew Lloyd Webber's "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from "Jesus Christ Superstar" with a solo performance by bass trombonist Alex Carlson, a senior music major from Trimont, Minn. The Trombone Choir will also perform "FestFanfare" by Dennis Winter, "Sleep" by Eric Whitacre, "Sanctus" by G. Verdi and "Slide Colors" by Keith Snell and "Overture to the Barber of Seville" by G. Rossini. Also featured will be the BSU Trombone Quartet.

The Trombone Choir performs under the direction of Joel Pugh, BSU director of bands and assistant professor of low brass, who founded the ensemble in 2002. Participating musicians come from as far away as Grand Rapids and Detroit Lakes.

For more information, call the BSU Department of Music at 755-2915.

Senior recital


Jeff Sands will present his senior instrumental recital at 7 p.m. Saturday in the BSU Carl O. Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The recital is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree from BSU's Department of Music. The performance is open to the public at no charge. A reception will follow the recital. More information on the recital is available by contacting the Department of Music at 755-2915.

Pelican Road

The Pelican RailRoad Orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. April 25 at the Mask and Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave., for an exciting evening of acoustic and electric jazz, folk, jazz, classical percussion and an interactive Drum Circle. Tickets at the door start at $2 up to $10 with a "what you can afford" price tag. Call Drew at 760-9278 if you want to buy your tickets early.

Flute recital

First Presbyterian of Bemidji, 501 Minnesota Ave. N.W., invites the public to a flute recital at 3 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Jean De Smidt, flutist, will perform her favorite pieces, including works by Mozart and Handel, selections from Claude Bolling¹s "Suite for Jazz Flute and Piano," and others. She will be accompanied by Muff Magelssen.

The dress code is casual, and suggested admission is a can of food for the Bemidji Food Shelf or a cash donation for the Bemidji Food Kitchen.

Symphonic Band

Bemidji State University Symphonic Band will present Prism II concert at 3 p.m. April 27 in the Main Theatre of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. The concert, which is offered free of charge, will feature music in a full spectrum of genres with each piece related in some way to light and color. In a departure from traditional formats, the PRISM II concert will be presented continuously with no pause between pieces and no moment for applause until the very end of the concert. Also, various chamber ensembles - including a Japanese shamisen ensemble -- will perform musical interludes from locations scattered throughout the auditorium.


For more information, contact the Department of Music at 755-2915.

Choral concert

BSU will host a spring Choral Chamber Ensemble Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday featuring Bemidji State's three choral chamber ensembles: the Chamber Singers, the men's Musikanten and the women's Damestimmen. The concert, which is offered free of charge, will be held in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex. Members of these auditioned ensembles are also members of the Bemidji Choir. Their concert program will include a wide variety of choral literature, from renaissance to jazz.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 755-2915.

Senior exhibition

Leah DeLack presents her senior exhibition in the BSU Ramsey Gallery of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex until April 30. The exhibition is in partial fulfillment of the requirements for a bachelor of arts degree from BSU's Department of Visual Arts. DeLack's exhibition is titled "Season of Change." Her exhibit will feature a selection of drawings and paintings representative of the four seasons while reflecting DeLack's personal artistic journey while Located on the first floor of Bangsberg Hall, the Ramsey Gallery is open from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday. The gallery is open at no charge to the public.

For more information, contact the Department of Visual Arts at 755-3735.

Other events


-- "Twelfth Night" a poignant tale that explores the many faces of love at Bemidji State University. Audience members have come to expect the unexpected from director Patrick Carriere, assistant professor of theater and communication arts at BSU and will not be disappointed by his interpretation of this Shakespeare comedy. He and Jennifer Swanson, assistant professor of vocal music, have collaborated in a jazz age rendition of a timeless classic which explores the joys and perils of love. The production is appropriate for ages 13 and up. Much of the music is original and composed by students Jon Mansk and Luke Holt; the stage make-up class will work their magic in complementing the designs of the costuming class and the scenery by Barry Nelson. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for senior citizens, children and students, Free for BSU students with a current ID. Box office hours are 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday in room 127 of Bangsberg Hall and the phone number is 755-3863. Performance dates are 7:29 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday on the main stage of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex at the foot of 14th Street and Birchmont Drive.

-- Minnesota Music Hall of Fame Group Monroe Crossing will bring their bluegrass and gospel show to Bemidji.

The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the historic Paul Bunyan Playhouse, 314 Beltrami Avenue, downtown Bemidji. Known as the Midwest's premier group for this musical genre, their style leaves the audience asking for more and they always honor requests after the intermission. Concert tickets are $12 in advance at Overbeek Electronics and KRKB Music Outlet. At the door, the prices will be $15; teens are $10 and free for children 12 and under.

-- 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 26 and May 3. The fee is $30 per session. Call the Headwaters School at 444-5606 for further information or to register.

-- Gallery North, 502 Third St. N.W., features Kristin Gustafson's exhibit, a variety of wall art creations.

-- Wild Hare Bistro and Coffeehouse, 535 Minnesota Ave. N.W., presents Derrick Duke's fantastical colorful pastels and prints., downtown Bemidji.

-- Bemidji Community Art Center is featuring the Annual Bemidji High School Invitational, works by local students in a wide range of media, until April 26. 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 St. 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 North Country Health Service Art Committee hosts 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 Bemidji Public Library Art Wall for April features 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 and 9 a.m. to 5p.m. Friday and Saturday.

-- The Beltrami County History Center, in conjunction with Gallery North, announces the art wall exhibit, "Spring -- A Time of Renewal," for 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.

-- 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.

-- Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W., is features 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, 300 Bemidji Ave. by the statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe, 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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