Another busy week in Bemidji coming up—careful planning is advised.

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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 IS CANCELLED.
April 11–7:30 p.m. Senior student Recital for Matt Custer, Trombone, TRH, free admission
April 17–7:30 p.m. Paul Bunyan Playhouse, Minnesota Blue Grass Community Concert featuring "The Whistlepigs Stringband." Tickets $9 in advance, $12 day of show, $6 for teens, free for children 12 and under. For tickets or information, call 1-800-635-3037 or www.MinnesotaBluegrass.org
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 14–7:30 p.m. Trumpet Recital, Main Stage Bangsberg, free
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–"Murder at the Howard Johnson’s" dinner theater at jammers by KG Entertainment.
April 23-May 2–"Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," Long Lake Theater. See website www.longlaketheater.com for details. Tickets: $14 adults, $7 children 4-12 and lap children free.
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 Orchestra 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 23,24– 7 p.m. "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" Long Lake Theater, longlaketheater@hotmail.com or call 218-732-0099 for ticket information and reservations.
April 25–3 p.m. "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.
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 3 –3 p.m. "Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.
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 www.ggfso.org
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 14, 15–7 p.m. "Clean House," a comedy by Sarah Ruhl with Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective.
May 16– 2 p.m., "Clean House," a comedy by Sarah Ruhl with Mask and Rose Women’s Theater Collective.
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 2, 9, 16, 23at 3 p.m., "Over the Tavern" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.
June 4 & 5 –6 p.m. Opera Night at Ruttger’s Birchmont Lodge and Resort. More information to follow.
June 3,4,5,10-12, 17-19,24-26 at 7:30 p.m. "Over the Tavern" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.
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 7,14,21, 28 at 3 p.m."I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.
July 8-10, 15-17, 22-24, 29-31 at 7:30 p.m. Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.
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,PBP.

August 2010
August 4 -14—–“Gypsy,” by Stephen Sondheim tells the story of Gypsy Rose Lee and how she became a burlesque star.PBP
August 4,11,18,25 at 3 p.m. "The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.
August 5-7, 12-14, 19-21,26-28 at 7:30 p.m. "The Complete Works of Shakespeare Abridged" Long Lake Theater, 218-732-0099 longlaketheater@hotmail.com for ticket information and reservations.

September 2010
Sept. 17—Oompah for the Arts, the major fundraiser for Bemidj Area Arts Endowment at the Town and Country Club.
Sept. 25–Billy Collins, former Poet Laurete of the U.S., evening lecure, Bemidji High School. More information to follow.


October 2010

Oct. 22-24– Bemidji-First City of the Arts Studio Cruise
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Just in case you haven’t heard yet, families are invited to see and hear Douglas Wood at the Bemidji Public Library this Monday night (April 5). A family friendly 6:30 start time in this hour long visit with the author of many children’s books including “Old Turtle” and the “Can’t do” series. Woods will explore his own “writer’s path” and talk about how to find and follow one’s own path. I believe that children are natural writers and love to make up and tell stories—just look at the Class Act page in the Pioneer. Journal composition books will be given to each child who attends the program as an incentive to start keeping their writings in one place they can return, time and again, to record their thoughts, feelings and observations. What a great way to support young authors. This program is presented by Kitchigami Regional Library System, with legacy funds approved by Minnesota voters for our arts and cultural heritage.

On the subject of authors, Annelee Woodstrom will return to Northern Exposure to Lifelong Learning Wednesday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Cornerstone Residence in Bagley (Route 2 West). We went to see her first presentation last fall and it was almost standing room only left when we arrived—which is to say—it was very well attended. She wrote one awarding winning book, “War Child: Growing Up in Adolph Hiltler’s Germany.” Woodstrom will speak about her new book, “Empty Chairs,” which chronicles her life here in America after she arrived to become the bride of a Minnesota G.I. Interwoven in the 60-year epic story, are her memories of growing up in Bavaria. She will have her books for sale at the lecture.

Midori, well what can be said about this violinist that hasn’t already been said many times over by audiences and critics alike? Bemidji is fortunate to have renowned musicians appear together on the stage at Bemidji High School. It proves Midori’s commitment to bringing first class musical performances to those who might not otherwise have the opportunity. She will appear with pianist Robert McDonald in the final concert of this year’s Bemidji Concert Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 8 at the Bemidji High School auditorium. (A preview piece with picture will appear in the Bemidji Pioneer this week)
Tickets are $5 for students through college, $20 for adults and $30 for reserved seating tickets and are available now at Lueken’s Village Foods North, Tutto Bene in downtown Bemidji and at the Bemidji State University Music Department on the second floor of Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the campus of BSU. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door the night of performance.

Disney’s Aladdin Jr. opens this week at the Paul Bunyan Playhouse with an in-school performance on Thursday morning. Quoting from an email I received this week from someone who stopped by a rehearsal, “It is fabulous!” Kelly Kirk worked extra hard on this production creating visual effects with lighting, smoke machines (after all, how could a Genie appear without smoke?) and directed spot lights. The magic carpet is played by a first timer with BCT and one wonders what tricks Dwayne Johnson has up his sleeves for her. The lyrics, music and script are essentially the same as the Disney version except it calls for young actors to portray a major percentage of the roles. Bemidji Community Theater has for its mission for over 25-years, given the opportunity for amateurs to enjoy theatrical experiences whether on stage or in technical theater (lighting, sound, set construction, etc.). For this production, BCT welcomes students from TrekNorth and Schoolcraft Learning Center, giving them an opportunity to participate in live theater. The major productions by BCT are becoming a staple in Bemidji’s theater offerings because of all the support for them by sold-out shows and people coming from North Dakota and as far east as Duluth.
But it is the magic for children of all ages in seeing live characters from favorite stories. After the ball, when the wicked stepmother asked her daughters who was that girl—one little voice from the audience piped up, “It’s Cinderella.” There will be little Jasmine look-alikes in the audience for this show as well!
The public performances will begin on Friday night, April 9 at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, two performances at 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 10 and the last public performance will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11. Tickets $12 for adults and $6 for students 17 and under and may be purchased now at Iverson Corner Drug in downtown Bemidji and at Ken K. Thompson at the mall location. If available, tickets will be sold at the door starting one hour before each show time. All performances will be at the Historic Chief Theater, 314 Beltrami Ave. NW.

Bemidji Choir and Chamber Singers will begin their spring tour with three performances in Grand Forks, ND this Tuesday, April 6 with their opening performance at 12:15 p.m. at Central High School. Then on to Bismarck, ND; Moorhead, MN, back to ND at Fargo Shanley High School, Park Rapids at 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 803 West First St. and the last performance for the Bemidji community at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 10 at Bethel Lutheran Church. The program and singers, under the direction of Bradley Logan, professor of music at BSU, will include a broad selection of music including Jeff Enns’s “O Magnum Mysterium” and Paul Carey’s trio, “Play With Your Food.” Guess I’ll need to find a box office replacement for Saturday night’s “Aladdin.” Any one interested in filling in for me??

I am truly saddened to report that the Baroque Ensemble concert for Sunday, April 11 is cancelled due to a death in the family of one of the principals, Earl Coleman. A former BSU faculty member, Coleman now holds the Eminent Faculty Chair at Columbia State University in Columbus, Georgia. There were no other openings in the schedule at Thompson Recital Hall for this academic calendar year.

Coming up soon will be a preview piece on BSU’s “Man of LaMancha” will open on April 16 and run through April 25.

Oops–almost forgot to mention that Flat Stanley showed up this week at the Pioneer after visiting in North Dakota.  He comes from Fanwood, New Jersey and will take back with him pictures and stories from the two states. The students in Matt Mahmet’s class should get a laugh out of his adventures–and meeting our own Eric Stromberg, sports writer and photographer.  (Isn’t the picture of the last game at the John Glas extraordinary? 

That’s all she wrote for this week folks, sorry it’s so long in  getting to you.

 

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