some musing on this past weekend’s concerts, information on upcoming Pipe and Drum concert and updates to calendar


Despite the weather, Bemidjians once again showed their loyalty to the music scene by coming out to hear two very fine concerts–The Parker Quartet and Timeless Tradtiions. Thursday evening (Jan. 21), the excitment in the air was palpable and seats were scarce in Thompson Recital Hall for the premiere performance the Parker Quartet in this area. The spontaneous eruption at the end of their concert with many whistles along with sustained applause prompted this young group of string musicians to play a short encore. It was truly a night to "be there" even when faced with an icy ride back home. Evan Hazard had the chance to sit and chat with Steve Starch, classical MPR host.  "Timeless Traditions" also had a good audience despite the snowy weather on Sunday.  

This Friday, we will have the chance to see and hear a truly world class ensemble, The Ahn Trio. There is so much to write about this group which has a national and international management group looking out for their interests. For a look at their work, just google Ahn Trio and you can see and hear some clips from other performances.  Tickets will be available at the door for those who like to make up their mind at the last minute.

Next Saturday, Feb. 6 will be the third time that the Macalester College Pipe Band will make an appearance in Bemidji as part of their off-season concert tour.  Off-season only means that on-season they are competing with other pipe bands in the U.S. and Canada and according the local businessman Brian Solum they do very well. Solum who claims to have "not a drop of Scottish blood" is a Grade l piper who goes to St. Paul every other week to practice with the group.  This past fall, they appeared at the Walker Ethnic Fest which is where we happened to see them–actually we saw and heard them twice–they are that good. A rendition of "Scotland the Brave" brought the audience to their feet. Slocum started the now disbanded First City Pipe Band but continues to play at weddings, funerals, special events (the opening of the curling tournament now being held in Bemidji) and any other places he is asked to appear.  He teaches piping to private students and has had up to 14 students at one time.  To get a look at the band, check out their website  More information will be posted here along with some pictures within the next few days. 



All new entries in bold italics

January 2010

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

January 31–5 – 10:30 p.m., Bemidji Has Talent- a fundraiserto support youth and adult programming for Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective. Starts with chili supper in the basement of Wild Rose Theater,  501 Bemidji Ave.N.  Tickets are $5 to what you can afford to pay.

 February 2010

February 5– 7:30 p.m. Jazz Fest Concert in Thompson Recital Hall, $5 adults, $3 senior citizens, free for all students.

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 12– 9 and 11 a.m., "Seussical the Musical" for regional schools at Bemidji High School and 7 p.m. for general public.  Saturday, Feb. 13 shows are 2 and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

February 12– 6p.m. Hampton Inn, "Love Songs and Arias for Valentine’s Day," a dinner and program to benefit the 2010 Lake Bemidji Summer Opera Festival. The price is $55 for an elegant dinner spiced with musical selections from operas, musicals, and jazz.  Contact Fulton Gallagher at 586-2536 or

February 13–Second Saturday Event, the grand re-opening celebration at the Blackduck History Center. 

February 18–7:30 p.m.Trumpet Ensemble Concert in Thompson Recital Hall, Free admission.

February 20–3 p.m. Senior Student Recital for Ashley Bremseth, soprano in Thompson Recital Hall, Free admission.

February 21–3 p.m. Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band Concert

February 27– 4 p.m. Honor Band and Honor Choir Concert, TRH $5 adults, $3 senior citizens and free for students.

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 5-7, 11-13–"Wait Until Dark," a drama by KG Entertainment at the Elks Club.

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 12–7 p.m., "Beauty Queen of Lelane," a dark Irish tragic-comedy directed by Whitney Stuckey and 2 and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 13. Tickets $10 adults and $5 high school and college students. Wild Rose Theater, 501 Bemidji Ave. N.

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 20–7:30 p.m. Senior Student Recital, Dave Nelson, Trumpet, TRM, free admission.

March 20–7:30 p.m. Senior Student Recital for Angela Hesse, Soprano, TRH, free admission.

March 21–3 p.m. Senior Student Recital for Laura Iverson, Soprano, TRH, free admission.

March 27–SingerSong Celebration part of Women’s History Month collaboration with BSU. Sliding scale and money used for music scholarships for women.

March 27—3 p.m. Ione DeKrey Vocal Scholarship Competition, TRH, free admission.

March 29–3 p.m. Junior Student Recital for  Anna C. Smith, Mezzo Soprano, TRH, free admission

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 8-12—"Aladdin" collaboration of Bemidji Community Theater and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW.

April 10–7:30 p.m. Bemidji Choir Home Concert, TRH, $5 adults, $3 seniors and free for students.

April 11–3 p.m. Bemidji Baroque Ensemble concert, TRH, free admission.

April 11–7:30 p.m. Senior student Recital for Matt Custer, Trombone, TRH, free admission

April 16,17—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 18–3 p.m. Jazz I Concert TRH $5 adults, $3 seniors and free for students.

April 18–7 p.m. Voice Faculty Recital by Erin Oberlander,  Prairie Songs TRH, free admission

April 21–7:30 p.m. Varsity Singers spring concert, TRH, admission is canned goods for the Bemidji Food Shelf.

April 22–7:30 p.m. Choral Chamber Ensembles concert, TRH, free admission.

April 23,24–7:29 p.m. Man of LaMancha spring production of the BSU Theater Department, Main Stage of Bangsberg.

April 24–7:30 p.m. Senior student recital, Jake Kachne, Composition TRH, free admission

April 25-2 p.m   Man of LaMancha spring production of the BSU Theater Department, 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.

April 27–7:30 p.m. Wind Ensemble and Choir Concert, Main Theater, $5 adults, $3 seniors, free for students.

April 28–7:30 p.m. Symphonic Band and Chamber Groups oncert, Main Theater, $5 adults, $3 seniors, free for students.

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 6—7:30 p.m., Schoolcraft spring concert, Bemidji High School, free

May 9–7 p.m., Annual Bemidji Chorale Mother’s Day Concert and Ice Cream Social, Beau Arts Ballroom in Hobson Memorial Hall, BSU.

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. 

October 2010


Calls for Artists: Bemidji-First City of the Arts Studio Cruise is alerting artists within a 40 mile radius of Bemidji to apply to be part of this year’s events. The cruise is an opportunity for artists to invite the public into their studios and showcase their art and craft. Applications are available at or For more information contact Dave Towley at 333-3547 or or  Fees are $10 non-refundable jury fee and $100 artist participation fee.  The deadline to apply is March 15, 2010

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