The Brainerd High School Orchestra under the direction of Grant Wilcox will present a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The performance will take place in Tornstrom Auditorium in the Washington Educational Services Building, 804 Oak St., in Brainerd. There is no charge for the event, but a free-will offering will be taken at the door and all proceeds will be donated to Kinship Partners.
Two Brainerd orchestras will perform orchestral masterpieces from Russia, England, Germany, Spain, Cuba and America representing Baroque, Romantic, Contemporary and Neo Romantic styles of music from over 400 years of composition.
Rebecca Yeh (left) and Rebecca Walker of the Brainerd Chamber Orchestra will perform a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach during a benefit concert Tuesday in Tornstrom Auditorium in the Washington Educational Services Building.
The Sinfonia Orchestra will start with German composer Richard Wagner's "Entrance and March of the Guests" and Richard Meyers's "Helium" followed by "Topaz Tear" by American Composer Thom Sharp. Next the orchestra will perform "Tango" by Spanish Composer Isaac Albeniz and conclude with Russian composer Modest Moussorgky's "Hopak."
The Chamber Orchestra will start its concert as concertmaster and principal violinist Rebecca Yeh and Rebecca Walker perform the first movement of the concerto for two violins and orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach. The orchestra will follow with English Composer Edward Elgar's "Elegy for Strings." Next, Brainerd band director Chris Fogderud will perform "Prayer of Saint Gregory," a piece for trumpet and strings by Alan Hovhaness. The Chamber Orchestra will then perform the "Scherzo and Notturno" by Russian Composer Alexander Borodin. The piece is based on Borodin's famous String Quartet No. 2. The concert will conclude with American Composer Aaron Copland's Hoe Down from "Rodeo."
American Swedish Institute hosts benefit
The Folkmusik Stills exhibit - featuring a Brainerd photographer's work - will be at the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis from Feb. 25 to March 29.
Photographs by John Erickson capture the beauty and energy of Nisswa-stmman, Minnesota's premier Scandinavian folk music festival held each summer in Nisswa. The American Swedish Institute, Concordia Language Villages and Nisswa-stmman are co-sponsoring Folkmusik Stills, an exhibit of 40 photographs portraying Erickson's perception that the two "pillars of the stmman" are music and dance.
An opening reception and silent auction will take place in conjunction with the exhibit, from 5-7 p.m. Feb. 27. Admission to the reception is free. A musical performance by Nisswa-stmman musicians will follow at 7 p.m. The performers include Paul Dahlin and members of the ASI Spelmanslag, Scandium, Kip Peltoniemi, Paul Wilson, Mary Abendroth and Skl Klubben Spelmanslag. Reservations for the performance are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12 and students with identification.
For more information or to register, call the ASI at (612) 871-4907 or visit www.americanswedishinst.org.
Northern Promotions to display art in Aitkin
AITKIN - "Private Collection of Northern Promotions" will be on display from Feb. 13 to March 21 at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin, with a public reception set from 1-4 p.m. Feb. 14.
Scott Duffney collects fine art from around the world. Northern Promotions, Inc., is a business Duffney created when he moved back to Aitkin from the Twin Cities area. Beginning in 1991, the company manufactured and assembled wall decorator prints. In 2005, Duffney began licensing fine art for commercial purposes and now represents 45 artists as their licensing agent. Collecting art from artists in Great Britain, China and the West Indies, Duffney then reproduces prints and sells the images to other manufactures for product lines such as textiles, puzzles, blankets, dishes and wallpaper.
"Spring Arrivals" by M. Pettis will on exhibit at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin during the exhibit "Private Collection of Northern Promotions" that runs Feb. 13 to March 21.
Duffney's original collection includes paintings of aviation, wildlife, northern Minnesota, abstracts and sports from all continents.
Napkin folding event set
AITKIN - A brown bag lunch is set at noon Feb. 19 at the Jaques Art Center in Aitkin.
Bring a bag lunch and beverage and come learn about the art of fancy napkin folding. Demonstrations will be offered and hands-on learning will be available. Starched linen or cotton napkins will be supplied or bring your own. The event is free.
BHS students earn superior ratings
Eighteen students from the Brainerd High School choir program recently earned high ratings at the Minnesota State High School League Vocal Music Solo/Ensemble Festival in Sartell.
The students were judged on their musicianship, mastery of their instruments (voices) and performance technique.
Thirteen students received top-ranking superior ratings: Jillian Anderson, Lori Bergstrom, Kathryn Chandler, Sarah Dens, Luke Gruenhagen, Ben Hermerding, Peder Holte, Zoe Houle, Elijah Johnson, Brian Kingsley, Katie Nelsen, Colin Sullivan and Jon Warling.
Five students received excellent rankings, one step below superior: Kimber Amweg, Joe Anderson, Rebecca Lange, Sarah Mozey and Nick Swenson.
Great Rivers Strings to begin practice in March
AITKIN - The Great Rivers Strings Community Orchestra will begin eight weekly practices for their spring concert beginning March 3 at the Aitkin High School band room.
Concerts will be April 25 at Crosby High School and April 26 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin.
Brainerd High School director Chris Fogderud will perform a piece by Alan Hovhaness during a benefit concert presented by the Brainerd Chamber Orchestra on Tuesday in Tornstrom Auditorium in the Washington Educational Services Building.
If you would like to be a part of Great River Dance, featuring music of the British Isles and area dancers or would like more information, contact Lynn Foote at (218) 678-3034.
Used books needed
LITTLE FALLS - The Friends of the Library's book sale will be held at the Little Falls Library in March.
Book sales will be held from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. March 5; 12-6 p.m. March 6; and 12-5 p.m. March 7 and will be sold for $1 per bag per day.
The Friends of the Library also will accept new and gently used donation books for the Little Falls Library. These books will be considered donations to the Friends of the Library and all proceeds will be used exclusively for the Little Falls library.
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