Patt Rall Arts Column: Bemidji Symphony Orchestra's to perform fourth concert of the season

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will perform "Off the Map" featuring violinist Ziva Patt-Rappoport playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 at 3 p.m. April 22 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. The symphony will also perform Mozart's overture to...

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra will perform "Off the Map" featuring violinist Ziva Patt-Rappoport playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 4 at 3 p.m. April 22 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. The symphony will also perform Mozart's overture to the "Marriage of Figaro" and "Scheherazade" by Rimsky-Korsakov. A pre-concert discussion by conductor, Beverly Everett, will begin at 2 p.m. in the high school commons area. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors and are available now at KRKB Music Outlet, the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and both Lueken's locations. Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the concert. For those who like to plan ahead, tickets for next season entitled "Dare to Dream" will also be on sale.

Varsity singers

BSU Varsity Singers under the direction of Janice Haworth will perform a home concert to conclude their 2007 tour at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the main theater of Bemidji State University Bangsberg Performing Fine Arts Complex, Birchmont Drive and 15th Street Northeast. Primarily a service organization, the Varsity Singers are a 56-voice, non-auditioned choral ensemble with students from a wide variety of majors and academic pursuits. Their concerts, always fun for the audience as well as the singers, will include selections of musical styles from patriotic to barbershop, spirituals to Gershwin. Special musical guests for the program will be the BSU Percussion Ensemble under the direction of Eric Sundeen. This group of vibrant young players seems to enjoy the challenges of indigenous rhythm patterns along with classical and contemporary music. This concert is free and open to the public.

Stained glass show

A stained glass art show will open in the Tin Pan Gallery on April 28 at History and Art Center, Main Street and Margaret Avenue in downtown Blackduck. Locally known artists, Jim and Judy Gorman, will demonstrate their craft at an opening reception at 1 p.m. Titled "Solitude Stained Glass," their work features wildlife figures of birds, animals and flowers. A demonstration of this craft will begin at 1 p.m. during the opening reception. This reception and exhibit is free and open to the public. The show runs through May 12 during regular museum hours of 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, 1-5 p.m. on Thursday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more information or special arrangements to see the show, call 835-4478.


Chamber recital

A trio of BSU faculty on piano, clarinet and cello will perform a chamber recital featuring works by Brahms and Beethoven at 7:30 p.m. April 21 in the BSU Thompson recital Hall of Bangsberg. The concert is free and open to the public. The selections will highlight works from the beginnings and ends of the composers' careers.

Other events

-- A multi-harpsichord chamber recital of works by J. S. Bach will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at the main theater of BSU Bangsberg. Tickets will be available at the door and cost $10 for adults, $5 for seniors and free for students. This event is supported in part by a grant from the BSU Foundation and the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

-- Peter Ostroushko, world renowned mandolin and fiddle player who is a frequent guest on "The Prairie Home Companion," will perform a concert with guitar virtuoso Arkadiy Yushin at 7 p.m. April 21 in the Bagley High School Auditorium. The concert is sponsored by the Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in Bemidji at KRKB Music Outlet, the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts and Minnesota Public Radio in downtown Bemidji. Seating is general admission and the doors will open at 6 p.m. For more information, call Alan Goldberg at 444-8339. This concert is underwritten in part by financial support of Dr. Mark Shanfeld and Womack Eye Associates.

-- Just in case you missed the opening receptions for the April First Friday Art Walk, you can still enjoy the exhibits at the various locations. Gallery North exhibits art made by the Bemidji State University Day Care children as the Guest Showcase Exhibit in the Irvine Bridge Shops of the Ink Spot Building 503 Third St. N.W. "Guardians and Gables," collage and mixed media assemblages by Terry Garrett, is at the Wild Hare Bistro and Coffee House, 523 Minnesota Avenue, N.W. While downtown, stop by the Great River Gallery, 202 Third Street N.W., for an eclectic exhibit of three-dimensional collage, painting, stone carving and more. The featured artist of the month is mixed media artist, Pam Robinson. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Bemidji Community Art Center, 426 Bemidji Ave., is holding its annual Bemidji Area High School Invitational including works by students in a wide variety of media. The exhibit will be up until April 28th. Gallery hours are noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon-7 p.m. Thursday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Visit Dunn Bros Coffee, 501 Paul Bunyan Drive S., for the exhibit "Anticipating Spring" by Patricia Grimes.

-- The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area members exhibit their work during April at the Kitchigami Regional Library. A project of Northern Artists and Gallery North whose aim is to promote and support art in the diverse Bemidji area, these student exhibits are supported in part by grants from the Region 2 Arts Council. For details, contact Beverlee Olson of Gallery North at 266-3651.

-- Student version of "Les Miserables" will open at 9 a.m. on April 26 and 9:30 a.m. April 27 at the Chief Theatre, 314 Beltrami Ave. N.W. Tickets cost $5. Reservations for the school performances may be made by calling P. Lester at 751-6284. The Mask and Rose Theater Collective's production of this show is directed by Cate Belleveau. Regular performances are 7:30 p.m. April 25-29. General admission tickets may be purchased in advance at Brigid's Cross Irish Pub, 317 Beltrami Ave. N.W., and cost $12 for adults and $7 for students. Tickets at the door will be $14 for adults and $9 for students.


-- "Urinetown," a Tony Award winning satirical musical comedy that pokes fun at bureaucracy, corporations, and small town politics will run at 7:29 p.m. April 20, 21, 27 and 28 with a 3 p.m. matinee on April 29 on the main stage at Bangsberg. Tickets cost $8 for adults, $4 for children and senior citizens, free to BSU students with valid activity cards and may be reserved by mail, in person or by calling 755-3863. For details, call the BSU Department of Theatre and Communication at 755-3935. The box office is located in room 127 in Bangsberg, 1500 Birchmont Drive N.E.

-- The Minnesota Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at Bemidji High School. Beethoven's Third and Eighth Symphonies will be performed. Sponsored by the BSU Department of Music, the tickets cost $20 for adults and $10 for students and are on sale at the music office or at Tutto Bene, 300 Beltrami Ave. N.W. For more information, call 755-2915.

-- The Boys & Girls Club of the Bemidji Area calls for local artists to create a one-of-a-kind adult or child's chair, rocker, stool or bench using paint, fabric, metals, glass, wood, recycled items or whatever their imagination conceives for their June fundraiser. If you are interested in donating an item for the silent auction, learning how to gain valuable recognition as a sponsor for the event or want more information about creating a chair, contact Ashli Bowen, Resource Development Director Boys & Girls Club of Bemidji at 444-4171 or visit the website at . Information on time and ticket prices will follow in subsequent columns.

E The Arts Marketing Program of the Region 2 Arts Council is calling for visual artists from Beltrami, Clearwater, Hubbard, Lake of the Woods and Mahnomen Counties to apply for inclusion in the third "Artists of North Central Minnesota" brochure. Approximately 35 artists will be featured and a printing of 3,000 copies is anticipated. Anyone interested in applying for juried inclusion should call the Region 2 Arts Council at 751-5447, e-mail to request guidelines and an application. An entry fee of $20 must accompany the application whose deadline date is May 10.

E Friends of the Arts Award is looking for its 19th recipient. Nominations are being accepted by the Bemidji Community Art Center until April 18 to acknowledge those in our community who have given generously of their time, talents and resources in order to promote and encourage the arts in the Bemidji area. The public will be informed of the selection committee's choice by May 1st and an event to honor the new Friend of the Arts recipient will be held from 5-7 p.m. May 23 at the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts. Tickets for this year's gala event will go on sale at BCAC starting May 1. Past award winners and their pictures may be seen in the Bemidji Public Library meeting room. For information, nomination form and deadlines, contact Lori Forshee-Donnay at 444-7570, or .

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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