Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music concert, deadline for making reservations for “Love Songs and Arias” BSO Valentine’s Concert and “Wizard of Oz” in Grand Forks, ND.

The annual Lonely Pines Concert is coming to the historical Chief Theater at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 12. “The Expedition Show” from Nashville with Wayne Southards, winner of the 2009 Male Vocalist of the Year of the International Acoustic Music Association, and Kimberly Williams are acknowledged as two of the finest lead vocalists in professional music. Grammy winning banjo player Blake Williams works the audience with his wit and wisdom and Alex Tibbitts on the mandolin rounds out the quartet.

“The Woodpicks” from Thief River Falls play a mixture of gospel, bluegrass and Americana with Greg Dally on mandolin, Dustin “Boy” Keller on bass fiddle, Gene Lunsetter on flat top guitar, Milo Ballingrud on banjo and JD Kezar on fiddle and harmonica.

Tickets may be bought in advance at Kelsey’s Jewelry and Overbeek Electronics for $15 for adults, $9 for teens and children 12 and under are free. The day of the show, tickets will be $18. All seating is general admission. Tickets are also available by phone at 800-635-3037 or online at MinnesotaBluegrass.org for those out of the Bemidji area.

This concert is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. The Bemidji Concert is also underwritten by Ken Berge Construction, Super 8 Motel, 3D Repair and Raphael’s Bakery.

Matt Goinz will be appearing with the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra as a guest conductor at the Sixth Annual Valentine’s Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 in the Bemidji High School Auditorium. Goinz is a graduate of BSU and studied conducting with Beverly Everett. Matt toured with the BSO last August with the orchestra’s library tour as a guest soloist. For this concert, Matt will be conducting Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” This concert has wide appeal for all audiences and all ages. Tickets are $5 for adults at Lueken’s Village Foods North and Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub and Restaurant in downtown Bemidji. Students through the 12th grade are admitted free.

Greater Grand Forks Community Theater will be performing “Wizard of Oz” the last two weekends of February. More information will follow but this group is well worth the effort of going to Grand Forks. There is a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 27. The production will be at the Empire Theater which is right over the Demers Ave. bridge—there are excellent eateries in that area. We try to make every show but not this year so far but we will be at this one! Their website is ggfct.org for more information.

Congratulations to Natalia Himmerska, Marlon Davidson and Don Knutson for their exhibits at the McRostie Art Center in Grand Rapids. The website is macrostieartcenter.org and phone number is 326-2697 for more information on hours of operation.

The Third Annual Love Songs and Arias” will be held at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Friday, February 11, 2001. The evening will begin with a social hour at 6 p.m. to be followed by dinner and program at 7 p.m. The menu will begin with a champagne toast followed by an Insalate Verde. For the second course there is a choice of Coq au Vin or Beef Tenderloin in a red wine sauce. A decadent chocolate dessert with coffee will complete the meal. All this and first class entertainment for a $50 ticket and the proceeds will be going to the 2011 summer season of The Loon Opera Co.

The deadline to reserve a ticket is Monday, Feb. 7. Call Abe Hunter (218) 368-8805 to make menu choice and table seating.

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