Is anyone interested in posting which production was their favorite this year?  It would be fun to see how many of us vote and for what show, concert, or group.  I will post the winners in January–Here’s hoping that all the productions in Bemidji get appreciative audiences this season. I look forward to seeing many new faces along with the faithful attendees. 


January 2010

January 16 and 17—-"Hanson’s Gill or Minnesota Nice on Ice," conceived by Cate Belleveau and written by Teri Herrington.  The setting of the play is Lake Bemidji, time is during Polar Daze and will feature the mayor, Richard Lehman. 

January 17—-3 p.m., Junior Student Recital for Tony Tammaro, Tenor/Counter Tenor, Thompson Recital Hall.

January 23—-Faculty Chamber Recital 3 p.m., Susan Nelson on Flute, Erika Svanoe on Clarinet, Sarah Carlson on Organ and Jennifer Swanson, soprano. Thompson Recital Hall, free admission.

January 23—7:30 p.m., Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra: "Old and New" with Timm Rolek Conductor, First Presbyterian Church, Grand Forks: "Winter" from the Four Seasons by Vivaldi, Concert for Harop in B-flat major, Op.4 by Handel, "Pastorale d’ete" by Honegger and Piazzolla’s "Winter" from the Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Ticket information on

January 24—Senior Degree Recital for Elisa Buehler on Trumpet. TRH.

January 29—7:30 p.m., Ahn Trio, 7:30 p.m. January 29, Bemidj Concert Series, performance at Bemidji High School, $20 general public, $5 students at Lueken’s North and Tutto Bene. For more information on ticket prices and packages, contact the Music Department at BSU, 755-291

 February 2010

February 7—-Faculty Recital 7:30 p.m., Michelle Laliberte on violin and Stephen Carlson on piano, TRH, free admission.

February 9—-"Couples Night IV", BSO’s Valentine’s Concert, 7:30 p.m.,  Tuesday, Feb.9, Main Theater, Bangsberg Hall, free.

February 27—-Senior Degree Recital at 3 p.m. for Ashley Bremseth, Soprano, TRH.

February 28—Doc Severinsen and El Ritmo De La Vida, 7:30 p.m. Bemidj Concert Series, performance at BHS, $30 reserved seating, $25 general admission and $5 for students at Lueken’s North and Tutto Bene.

March 2010

March 7—"Triumph of Youth" BSO, 3 p.m., Sunday: Overature to "Orpheus in the Underworld"  by Offenbach, Camille Saint-Saens Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No 1. with Eric Haugen and Grieg’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 64.

March 20—–TrekNorth Art Festival. Artists wishing to participate or to ask questions, contact Kirby Ganske at TrekNorth, 444-1888,ex.2 or

March 20—Out of the Hat, a 24 hour process whereby authors write, directors direct and actors act on stage at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.

March 27 and 28—Young Audience Concert with Winner of the Young Artist Competition, Philip Mann as  conductor, Empire Arts Center, Grand Forks: Schubert’s ‘Unfinished Symphony," Fantasy Overture form Romeo and Juliet by Tchaikovsky. Guest artist is Greater Grand Forks Youh Symphony. Ticket information on

April 2010

April 8—-Midori, 7:30 p.m. Bemidji Concert Series, performance at BHS, $30 reserved seating, $25 general admission and $5 students. at Lueken’s North and Tutto Bene.

April 16,17,23,24,25—Man of LaMancha spring production of the BSU Theater Department, 7:29 p.m. and 2 p.m. matinee on April 25. Main Stage of Bangsberg.

April 25—"Trials and Triumphs," 3 p.m., Sunday, April 25, BSO at  BHS: Lenore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b by Beethoven, Concerto for Horn and zotrchestra No. 4 in E-flat major, K. 495 by Mozart with David Heyde on Horn and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 in A major, Op. 92.

May 2010

May 1 and 2, Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor, Michelle Mourre, Empire Arts Center: Blue Cathedral by Higdon, Cello Concerto No.1 with guest artist Yuri Hooker on cello by Shostakovich and Brahms Symphony No.4 in E minor. Ticket information on

May 20 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m., (Thursday)-Stars in the Street, a celebration of the start of the 60th season of the Paul Bunyan Playhouse.  Always a fun event, venues and ticket price will be supplied at a later date. The Paul Bunyan Playhouse is located in the  historic Chief Theater, 315 Beltrami Ave., Bemidji 56601

June 2010

June 9 to 19—–“Biloxi Blues,” by Neil Simon, is a play about a group of young recruits in boot camp during WW II.

June 23 to July 3.—–“Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” by Steve Martin depicts an imaginary meeting between Pablo Picasso and Albert Einstein.

July 2010

July 7 – 17.—–“Dracula,” a play written by Stephen Dietz based upon Bram Stoker original story about the eternal struggle between good and evil.

July 17—Summer Pops Concert, BSO. free

July 21-31—-“Boys Next Door,” by Tom Griffin is a dramatic comedy about four developmentally disabled men who live together in a group home,

August 4 -14—–“Gypsy,” by Stephen Sondheim tells the story of Gypsy Rose Lee and how she became a burlesque star.

September 2010 

Sept. 17—Oompah for the Arts, the major fundraiser for Bemidj Area Arts Endowment at the Town and Country Club.