The Brainerd High School Orchestra program will present a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Tornstrom Auditorium. The concert is a benefit for the Brainerd Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.
Rhythmic Circus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Centennial Auditorium in Staples as part of the Staples Motley Area Arts Council music series.
Dance 'N America, a program of dance similar to the TV show "Dancing with the Stars," will perform a dance reality show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.
The eight-member dance show is part of the annual Lakes Area Concert Series. In the show, the audience decides, with the help of an applause meter, which dancer will win the prize for the night.
The scripted show was designed by James Sewell, who will be the master of ceremonies. The dances are choreographed to fun tunes such as Scott Joplin's "Ragtime," Dueling Banjos bluegrass and Patsy Cline's "Crazy."
Season memberships will be available before the concert at a reduced price for the remaining concerts in the 2010-11 series, which include Ilya Yakushev, March 1; River City 6, March 15; and The Brett Family, May 6; and concerts in Wadena, Alexandria, Park Rapids and Sauk Centre.
For more information on the concert series, call Betty Alderman at 829-3379.
Rhythmic Circus to perform Nov. 11 in Staples
STAPLES - Rhythmic Circus will perform at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Centennial Auditorium in Staple as part of the Staples Motley Area Arts Council music series.
The company's repute goes well beyond the sum of the dancers' talents. Themed pieces include costume changes and musical segues highlighting the funky styling of a seven-piece backup band.
Rhythmic Circus has quickly risen from an underground percussive-dance phenomenon to an innovative live performance company. The title of their show is "Feet Don't Fail Me Now!" In it the company plays off a wide array of musical genres, from Minneapolis funk to salsa. Rhythmic Circus satisfies its "rhythmic appetite" on everything from sand to folding chairs.
In addition to the full concert, the group will perform for middle school students and teach a dance master class to area dance students.
Tickets for the concert are $12 for adults and $6 for students in advance, or $15 and $7, respectively, at the door. Tickets are available at the Centennial Auditorium Box Office at (218) 894-5416 or (800) 213-6877. The Arts Council also has two additional ways to save on tickets - anyone purchasing six or more advance tickets to any event or series of events will receive the special season price of $10 per ticket. Also, any student with proper identification may purchase a Student Rush Ticket one hour before the show for $1.
Chamber Orchestra to perform benefit concert
The Brainerd High School Orchestra program will present a benefit concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Tornstrom Auditorium.
The concert is a benefit for the Brainerd Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen.
Two Brainerd orchestras will perform orchestral masterpieces from England, Germany, Austria and America representing baroque, classical, romantic, contemporary and neo romantic styles of music from over 300 years of composition.
The Sinfonia Orchestra will start the concert with "El Toro," based on a Spanish theme by American composer Don Brubaker, then "Arlington Sketches" by American Elliot Del Borgo, followed by the four-movement Sonata for Strings by American composer William Hofeldt.
The Chamber Orchestra will perform Symphony No. 1 by Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Next, Kenzey Ostrowski will take center stage to perform the Concerto for Clarinet and orchestra by German composer George Fredric Handel, followed by the neo-romantic Andante for String Orchestra by English Composer George Whitefield Chadwick. The concert will conclude with the St. Paul's Suite by English composer Gustav Holst.
The benefit concert is open to the public and a free-will donation will be accepted, all going to the Sharing Bread Soup Kitchen before the upcoming holidays.
BHS bands to perform
The Brainerd High School bands, under the direction of Chris Fogderud, will present their annual fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in Tornstrom Auditorium.
The concert will feature the Marching Band, Percussion Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphonic Band.
The concert will begin with the Marching Band showcasing fall marching music, complete with surround sound. The Concert Band will continue with three selections, including "Fields of Clover" by Randall Standridge. The Percussion Ensemble will feature three pieces showcasing a wide range of percussion instruments. The up-tempo "Rudi's Batuque" will feature students on mallet improvisation.
The Symphonic Band will conclude the concert with three musical selections, including Robert W. Smith's moving dedication to the veterans of the Korean War titled "Inchon," to be followed by Frank Ticheli's lush arrangement of "Shenandoah." The grand finale will be Dmitri Shostakovich's technical tour de force "Festive Overture."
Cost is $6 for adults and $4 for students.
BAY concert set Thursday
BAXTER - Brainerd Area Youth for Christ will present a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Heritage Youth Building in Baxter.
Performing will be Wavorly, I Am Empire and Love out Loud.
Cost is $5 at the door.
Holiday card-making class set Saturday and Sunday
NISSWA - Watercolor artist Kathy Kovala and other painters will host a holiday card-making class from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Lake Edward Town Hall in Nisswa.
Kovala has been working on many varied cards that can be geared for painters of all levels. Students will come away from the class with ideas and pride in making their own cards.
If interested in the class, contact Kovala at 829-1457 or email@example.com. Cost of the class is $125.
Maguire at Brainerd library
"The Singing Ranger" Charlie Maguire will perform a concert at 11 a.m. Nov. 13 at the Brainerd Public Library.
As a musician and singer-songwriter, Maguire was a regular performer on "The Prairie Home Companion" with Garrison Keillor for 10 years. During that time he wrote and performed some of his most-requested songs - "Play Us A Waltz," "I'm from Minnesota" and "Getting in the Cows."
In 1991, Maguire was appointed the official "Centennial Troubadour" for Minnesota state parks. He produced "Stepping Stones," an album of songs about Minnesota state parks and the outdoors. One of his songs, "Mary Gibbs," led in part to the establishment of the Mary Gibbs Headwaters Visitor Center at Itasca State Park in 2005.
From 1995-2003, Maguire officially became "The Singing Ranger" of the National Park Service and in 1997 earned an award from the National Parks and Conservation Association for "outstanding and innovative interpretive education." Maguire performed in uniform as "The Singing Ranger" on "Good Morning America" and reached 4.5 million people across the nation in a single day.
Maguire co-wrote the musical Mesabi Red, which chronicled a 1916 miners' strike on Minnesota's Iron Range. He also composed the music for Orphan Train, a play about the trainloads of immigrant orphan children that made their way from the slums of New York to Minnesota at the turn of the century. Both plays, performed at the Great American History Theatre in St. Paul, became two of the highest-grossing shows in the theater's history.
Maguire continues to perform "artist in residencies" in schools throughout Minnesota, telling stories in song and bringing Minnesota history to life for school children.
Maguire's performances at Kitchigami Libraries are part of the Say It/Sing It Legacy Project with funding from the State of Minnesota Legacy Fund to preserve arts and cultural heritage. To view the complete Charlie Maguire Kitchigami concert schedule, visit the Kitchigami website at krls.org and click on Legacy Events.
GRS to kick off 12th season
Great River Strings will kick off the beginning of its 12th season with orchestra members choosing the selections to be performed based on their favorites from past concerts. The pieces selected by the members were varied and the concert is entitled "Our Favorite Things," a compendium of classical and contemporary pieces, along with Broadway show tunes and Mozart.
Under the creative batons of Rich Aulie and Arnie Anderson, two concerts are scheduled - at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at Heartwood Convention Center in Crosby and at 2 p.m. Nov. 14 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin.
Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for seniors.
'Author Talk' event scheduled
CROSBY - The Jessie F. Hallett Memorial Library in Crosby will feature "Author Talk" with Jack McAllister from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Nov. 16 in the library's large meeting room.
McAllister's talk is in conjunction with the celebration of National American Indian Heritage Month. The library also has a display of Native American artifacts. There is no cost for the program and books will be available for purchase.
For more information, contact the library at (218) 546-8005 or www.hallettlibrary.org.
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