Some interesting concerts coming up this week and we leave for a visit back home.

 It looks like the new band director at BSU, Erika Svanoe has really challenged the students at BSU for their final concerts of this semester.  The following is a reprint of the information on the concert tomorrow evening at BSU just in case it was missed by some. It is not difficult to support the efforts of the fine young upcoming performers, future music teachers, composers, conductors and soloists (did I leave out anyone?) now studying at BSU. 

“Songs and the Night Sky” with the BSU Wind Ensemble and the Bemidji Choir will be presented at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 27 on the main stage of Bangsberg Complex.  The first half of the program will feature the wind ensemble which will perform music of the “Night Sky” including “Wild Nights!” by Frank Ticheli, “Mars” (from “The Planets”) by Gustav Holst and “The Adventures of Space Cat,” a multimedia production by Mark Spede.  The animation, complete with dialog and sound effects, will be accompanied by live music of the wind ensemble.The second act will be “Song of Democracy” by Howard Hanson which uses the text by American poet Walt Whitman and is one of the most popular band and choral works. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and all students are admitted free.

The program sounds exciting to watch as well as hear and reminds me of concerts back home (NYC) where visual effects accompanied orchestral programs. One such offering that was very well received was the showing of a Charlie Chaplin silent movie (e.g. "City Lights") with orchestra underpinings. In the silent movie days, it was the piano player who had to give life and meaning to the silent movie. Although movies have progressed to talkies with color, it is still the musical soundtrack which complements the psychological/emotional/physical focus. There are some really good CD’s of movies which used familiar classical music in their soundtracks. A modern composer, John Williams compositons for the movie, "Memoirs of a Geisha" feature violin solos by Itzhak Perlman and cello by Yo-Yo Ma. This is one of my favorite movie sound track CDs.

BSU Trumpet Ensemble, the Woodwind Quintet and the Symphonic Band will perform in a concert at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 28 in the main theater of the Bangsberg Complex. The Woodwind Quintet will play Preluce for Qunitet by Charles Lefebvre, Minuet by Mozart and Divertimento No, 1 in B-flat for woodwind qauintet by Haydn the under the direction of Del Lyren. first half of the concert will be given over to the Trumpet Ensemble and Woodwind Quintet under the direction of Del Lyren and Erika Svanoe respectively.

 For the second half of the concert, Erika Svanoe takes the baton of the BSU Symphonic Band, an ensemble of players from the community and the university.  The program will include “Midway March” by John Williams, “Overture for Winds” by Charles Carter and “Variations on a Korean Folk Song” by John Barnes Chance. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and all students are admitted free.


Although the date for the event is not until September, Marsh Murihead’s project to bring the former Poet Laureate of the U.S.,Billy Collins, to Bemidji is right on track.  Tickets are on sale now for "An Evening with Billy Collins" which will take place on Saturday, September 25 at the BHS auditiorium. The 7:30 reading and commentary will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience.  Collins, who makes frequent appearances on NPR and A Prairie Home Companion, is profound and funny. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at Lueken’s Village Foods North and the Headwaters School of Music and the Arts.or by mail, PO Box 542, Bemidji 56601.  In the upcoming months, there will be articles, a preview of the show and at least one video of Muirhead reading some of Collins’ poetry.  This is a heads-up for those people who sometimes like to be the first on line to purchase a seat because he is sure to be a sell-out.  Collins appears before SRO audiences across the country


The blog would not be complete this week without some comments about the show which just closed at BSU, "Man of La Mancha."  Kudos to the young actors who undertook the task in portraying the criminals of Spanish society–murders and thieves–and accomplished it!  Jeremiah Liend took control of the stage early on and never let go, his Dulcinea was aptly portrayed by KD Howells and his sidekick Sancho played by Eric Benson, a voice student in the music department formed the core of the cast. The players, set and musicans led by senior Ashley Bremseth are a fine example of the professionalism extant at BSU—let’s all hope it gets to stays that way.


We are leaving this week for a trip back home–I hope to  post some interesting information and perhaps some new pictures of life on the east coast. We will be sorry to miss the Bemidji Chorale Mother’s Day Concert, Schoolcraft Learning Center’s spring concert–it’s fun watching those very, very young string players. and Father Son and Friends at Brigid’s Cross.  I know that First Friday events will go on as usual with carefully planned exhibits and receptions, please show your support for these events.  Maybe even stop by Wild Hare Bistro for dinner–always a good choice. 

One final comment and as it is said, save the best for last—-Patrick Carriere, Ph.D. graduated with honors from K.U.—–Well done, Patrick!