Timeless Traditions at the Depot in Baudette THIS Sunday!

 Timeless Traditions, an ensemble that blends the Native American Flute and Celtic Folk harp in classic, ethnic, and contemporary music in original settings, will be  at the Baudette Depot at 3:00 p.m. this Sunday, February 26, 2012.

Jon Romer (flutes) and Jacque Tinsley (harp) will be collaborating with Andre Ronnevik on the violin.  Timeless Traditions strives to celebrate the rich musical heritage of many world cultures as well as its extraordinary diversity.  Audiences often comment on the calm, healing nature of Timeless Traditions performances.

Please stay after the concert for refreshments and an opportunity to visit with the artists, mingle with the crowd, and check out the ambiance of the restored 1923 Depot.  Free will donations accepted.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on November 4, 2008.

Arts Downtown Park Rapids this Thursday!

Make the Most

The Arts Downtown PR series continues from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19 in downtown Park Rapids.

Lori Goulet Reich will be featured from 5 to 5:30 and 6 to 6:30 p.m. at Bella Caffè. A transplant from Minneapolis, Lori trained as a vocal classical singer for seven years and took some guitar lessons, too. She sang with a classic rock band and a country band while living in the Twin Cities and  was a church soloist for 10 years. Lori and her family have lived at Lake Itasca for the past five and a half years, and she plays in the country band, Buck Geezer.

The reggae band, Make the Most, will warm the January night with sounds from the Caribbean from 5:30 to 6 and 6:30 to 7 p.m. at The Good Life Cafe. Josh Prendiz does lead vocals and guitar, Brandon Prendiz is on the drums and Roger Fenzel plays bass and does back up vocals. Make the Most has been together for the past two and a half years, has performed in Grand Forks and Detroit Lakes and most recently at Terrapin Station in Nevis. The band also performed at the Youth Music and Arts III concert in August. Josh, Brandon and Roger have just finished recording their first studio album.

Third Thursday events are 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. 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 or luann47@gmail.com with questions.

This activity is funded in whole or in part by a Region 2 Arts Council Grant through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature, and the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund passed by Minnesota voters on Nov. 4, 2008.

Bemidji Symphony Orchestra Presents Messiah Holiday Concert, Dec. 6

The Bemidji Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Beverly Everett, will present its 7th Annual Holiday Concert on Tuesday, December 6th at 7:30 PM in the Bemidji High School Auditorium.

Along with selections from the Messiah, a special treat this year will be a focus on the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including a commentary by Dr. Everett on her visit to Mozart’s homeland this past summer. The Holiday concert falls just one day after the anniversary of Mozart’s death.

Oboist Gretchen Rusch will play the first movement of Mozart’s Oboe Concerto. Amanda Boring will sing the Alleluia from Exsultate Jubilate by Mozart, and Amber Joel will sing Rejoice Greatly from Handel’s Messiah—both are vocal students at Bemidji State University.

As is the tradition, audience members are encouraged to bring their Messiah scores and sing along on the choruses.  Musical scores will be provided at the door for those who need them. The concert also includes holiday favorites such as Carol of the Drum by Katherine Davis, Leroy Anderson’s Christmas Festival, and Sleigh Ride, White Christmas and Frosty the Snowman.  Don’t miss this fun evening of music to usher in the holiday spirit!

Tickets are available at the door:  $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens and $10 for college students with ID.  Children grades K through 12 are admitted free.  For those who hold BSO Season Tickets, the Holiday Concert is included as part of the season.

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.