It seems to be a fact that I hear over and over from those accomplished in the arts—they started at an early age. This Sunday’s concert by the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is “Music and Change,” the first concert of the 74th season “Tunes and Topics!” will begin at 2 p.m. in the Bemidji High School auditorium. Two promising young adults from Thief River Falls, Brett (17) and Brayden (15) Drevlow will be the featured players and they will be supported musically by their other siblings Brianna, a piano performance major at Concordia, and string player Brock. These young players are a good example of the opportunities available in this often thought-of “little corner of the world.”
Both young men began to study music in grade school, Brayden started lessons in kindergarten when he was five-years-old and he studies now with Marcia Knuttila of Thief River Falls and has taken master classes with BSU’s Stephen Carlson, Professor Jay Hershberger of Concordia College, Professors Kay Carlson and Alexander Chernyshev, from the U of MN, Morris and Duluth respectively. At 15, Brayden is already a Minnesota Music Teacher Association certified piano teacher in Thief River Falls. And I neglected to mention that he also studies violin (which he started at 6 in the first grade) with Derek Druse of TRF.
Brother Brett studies Bass with Prof. Greg Hamilton of Concordia, piano with Knuttila and is also a MMTA certified piano teacher. Both teens play with the BSO and the Greater Grand Forks Symphony and in their “spare time” attend Lincoln H.S., are on the Speech Team, play in the school orchestra, sing in the choir and perform with the Swingsations Jazz chorale ensemble. Along with being the two eldest boys in a family of 11, they are also Eagle Scouts. Are you impressed yet? Whether you are now and will be on Sunday when you see and hear them play, please make an effort to get to the concert. Season tickets will also be available. You can get tickets now at Lueken’s Village Foods at both locations Brigid’s Pub in downtown Bemidji or online at brownpapertickets.com: $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 62+, $10 for college students and free for students K through 12. All seats are general admission
Bemidji Artist Tom Halverson has released a 300+ image volume of his fantasy fairy artwork the Kindle and Kindle Fire HD now on the Kindle Store. Fairies and Magical Creatures of The Art of Tom Halverson is a compilation of more than 300 images from his original fantasy portrait paintings and drawings. Halverson has been a featured artist on public television and has been illustrated children’s books for over 15 years. His web site is www.tomhalverson.com.
Roy C. Booth will have three of his short stories published in anthologies by Scarlett River Press of Lindsay, Ontario.