Bemidji Chorale 2011 Christmas Concert

The Bemidji Chorale under the direction of Patricia Mason and accompanied by Wayne Hoff will give their 33rd Annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, Dec. 4, 2011 at 3PM and again at 7PM at First Lutheran Church on the corner of Bemidji Ave. and 9th Street in Bemidji.

This year’s concert will begin with literature celebrating the bounty of the harvest and the passage into winter. Arrangements of “Autumn Leaves”, “A ‘Soalin’ “, and ” The Road Home” by Stephen Paulus will lead the listener into more familiar carols of the season.

The organ will be featured in several pieces played by Wayne Hoff. He will accompany the Chorale in “Praise Ye The Lord” by John Rutter and a complex arrangement of “Joy to the World” arranged by Frank Kuykendall.

Audiences will be charmed by the haunting English Horn played by Gretchen Rusch and touched by the premier of “Away in a Manger”, a new arrangement by BSU student John Stewart. The men of the Chorale will sing Bach’s “Glory and Honor are Before Him.”

The variety of the programming is designed to include “Something for everyone!” The community is cordially invited to begin the 2011 Christmas season with music by the Bemidji Chorale. Admission is free although donations to the Chorale will be gladly accepted. Coffee and cookies will be served afterwards.

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Schoolcraft Learning Community to Present its Winter Concert

On Monday, December 5, 2011 at 6:30 p.m., Schoolcraft Learning Community will present its Winter Concert at the Bemidji High School Performance Arts Center.

The concert  is open to the public, will showcase Schoolcraft choirs, orchestras and French programs, and admission is free.  This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant from the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Bemidji Jazz Quartet CD Release Party Saturday

members of BJQ

The BJQ (Bemidji Jazz Quartet) will be performing to celebrate the release of their second CD, “Return To Oz” on Saturday November 12th from 7-11 pm at Brigid’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, 317 Beltrami Avenue, downtown Bemidji.

The release party will feature the quartet performing all of the selections from the CD in their entirety during their second set. The music of traditional and contemporary jazz artists along with the projects centerpiece, “The Oz Medley” will be featured.

Members of The BJQ are, Kevin Daley – guitar, Steve Konecne – saxes & flute, Pat Riley – bass and Greg Gaston – drums.

This Thursday! Czech Republic Band to Launch U.S. Tour in Park Rapids

Legendary "Czechgrass" Band Druha Trava

Celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, the legendary Czech band Druha Trava returns to the United States for a month-long tour starting Thursday, Oct. 13 in Park Rapids. Highlight will be the launch of Shuttle to Bethlehem – DT’s first-ever CD to mostly feature English-language versions of singer/songwriter/frontman Robert Krestan’s iconic songs.

Park Rapids Community Education and the Park Rapids Area Arts Council are sponsoring Druha Trava in concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13 at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium. Tickets are available at the Community Education office and will be sold at the door: $6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students.

Famed on both sides of the Atlantic for its “Czechgrass” fusion of acoustic, bluegrass, folk and rock, Druha Trava will begin its tour in Park Rapids, with other confirmed dates in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington.

Shuttle to Bethlehem also includes newly recorded Czech versions of two Bob Dylan songs from DT’s Dylanovky CD, plus the gorgeous instrumental “May Morning Dew” featuring Lubos Malina – and a fun, bluegrassy take on the Rolling Stones’ classic “Jumping Jack Flash.”

DT comes to the U.S. on the heels of other 20th anniversary events at home including TV and festival appearances and tours with American acoustic legends Charlie McCoy and Peter Rowan.

This activity is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.

Mudsong Performed at Bemidji State Park on Saturday August 20th

Come to Bemidji State Park on Saturday August 20th to hear Mary Overlie and company  perform Mudsong-a swawp tale sung in the blues, a story about
loons, otters, mallards and a muskrat who guide the way through the wisdom of their words. 

To hear a song from Mudsong and get more details, go to

This activity was made possible, in part, by a Region 2 Arts Council Individual Artist Grant Award with funding from the McKnight Foundation

National Cherry Blossom Festival Seeking Groups to Perform

2012 marks a special anniversary for the National Cherry Blossom Festival.  The organizers of this event have contacted Senator Al Franken’s office to spread the word that they are looking for at least one instrumental and one vocal ensemble from each of the 50 states to perform in various venues throughout the nation’s capital during the festival.

2012 will mark the 100th anniversary of the original gift of 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the City of Washington honoring the friendship between the United States and Japan. To honor this anniversary, the National Cherry Blossom Festival is planning a five-week, city-wide Festival from March 20-April 27 – an unprecedented tribute to the Festival’s history, complemented by world-class events.

The organizers of this Festival are looking for outstanding choirs or instrumental ensembles (orchestras, symphonic or marching bands) from each of the 50 states.

These performers can be from a variety of levels, including but not limited to, youth, university, community and professional groups. Ensembles will perform at least 2-3 times in venues associated with the Festival during a 3-4 day period.

If a group is interested in pursuing this opportunity, please contact Katherine Blauvelt in Sen. Franken’s Saint Paul Office as soon as possible but no later than September 8, 2011.  She can be reached at

Friday July 1st at Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub in Downtown Bemidji

WHAT – Alice Blessing

WHERE – Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub, Downtown Bemidji

WHEN – FRIDAY, July 1st 7pm

DETAIL –The impressionistic and colorful works by Alice Blessing will be on display at Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub for the month of July. Meet & greet Alice on Friday at 7. Works for sale will be marked. 

and starting at 8 p.m….

WHAT – Lance Benson

WHERE – Brigid’s Cross Irish Pub, Downtown Bemidji

WHEN – FRIDAY, July 1st 8pm – 11pm

DETAIL –Lance Benson, a seasoned and honed singer-songwriter with a fresh and refreshing outlook on life lived and dreams acted on. A Bemidji favorite, Lance’s music just feels natural and straight forward. Journey with Lance, you will be really glad you did. This is a free event. The kitchen at Brigid’s Cross serves until 9 pm. For more information check out our website at or or call 218-444-0567.

Bemidji Library Book Festival Week Followed by Paul Nye Concert on June 20th

After an incredible week of literary engagement, head over to the Bemidji Public library at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 20th for the Summer Reading Program Kickoff Concert.  Singer and songwriter Paul Nye will be will be performing songs from his CD “Don’t Lick A Flagpole When It’s Cold,” as well as entertaining audiences with some new songs.  Bring the kids and get ready for a  fun romp of listenable & danceable original tunes.  This event is for all ages.  Intrigued? Be sure to visit Paul Nye’s web site  to get a preview of Paul’s music and learn more about his work.

This event made possible with funds from the North Country Snowmobile Club

Bemidji Area Church Musicians 2011 Summer Recital Series

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians announce the 2011 Summer Recital Series to be held at various churches in the city.  The recitals are scheduled for 12:00 noon each Wednesday beginning June 1 and continuing through August 24.  The weekly 30 minute recitals will feature performances by handbells, organists, pianists, cellos, euphonium, folk instruments, french horn ensemble and others.  Admission to each concert is by free will offering.  A luncheon will be provided following each recital.  Prices for the luncheon will be determined by the serving organization.

The Summer Recital Series, which is in its 24th season, has grown in popularity each summer. The first recital in the series will feature The Bells of Bethel, directed by Carol L. Johnson and Vicki Stenerson.  The performance will take place Wednesday, June 1 at Bethel Lutheran Church, 5232 Irvine  Ave NW.

The Bemidji Area Church Musicians group is dedicated to encouraging musical growth among its members and assisting church musicians in our community in various ways.

One project of the Bemidji Area Church Musicians is to award a scholarship to a college music student with strong interest and involvement in church music. Recipients in 2010 were Faith Lundin, Jennifer Paquette, and Isaac Heath.  Faith, Jennifer and Isaac will perform on Wednesday, June 8, at Trinity Lutheran Church.  Scholarships for 2011 have been awarded to Aaron Schnackenberg and Eric Haugen.

For further information, call Carol L. Johnson, 751-0415, Joyce Oberg, 444-3737, or Kenneth Wold, 751-2554.

The Arts Downtown PR Series: Thursday, May 19th, 5 to 7 p.m. in Downtown Park Rapids

Poet Richard Sederstrom reads from his collection of poetry

Author Jess Lourey promises reading and author roulette (come and find out what that is) at Beagle Books. Enjoy Stu Hoffman playing the piano in the style of his favorite pianist, George Winston, from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè. At The Good Life Cafe, Alex Ziemann will play and sing classic rock from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. Richard Sederstrom has returned from Arizona with a book of new poems, “Folly, A Book of Last Summers.” He will read at Blank Canvas Gallery & Education Center from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m.

This event is designed to bring audiences to see and hear visual artists, musicians, writers and other artists in businesses in downtown Park Rapids on the Third Thursday of the month year round. The public is invited to attend and encouraged to make a free will donation to the artists. Contact Lu Ann Hurd-Lof at 652-4081,

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008.