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Forestview Middle School students Cassidy Pelkey (front left), Kimberly Kaspar,

Brainerd High School joint music concert scheduled Tuesday

The Brainerd High School music department will present a joint concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Tornstrom Auditorium.

This is the second year of the new tradition for the A Cappella Choir, Brainerd Chamber Orchestra and the BHS Symphonic Band.

The A Cappella Choir will sing a set of pieces by contemporary composers including “Ave Maris Stella” by Norway’s Trond Kverno, “Water Night” by Eric Whitacre, “Requiem” by Eliza Gulkyson and “Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel” arranged by American Moses Hogan.

The Chamber Orchestra will perform Maestoso alla Marcia, the first movement of the Serenade Number 1, by German composer Robert Volkmann, the Larghetto from the Serenade for Strings by English composer Edward Elgar and concertmaster Rebecca Yeh, a BHS senior, will perform with the orchestra the Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso by French composer Camille Saint-Saens. The orchestra will conclude with the final movement of Sinfonia op 3 No. 5 by German composer Franz Beck.

The Symphonic Band will present E.E. Bagley’s “National Emblem” and composer Johan de Meij’s “At Kitty O’Shea’s.” 

Cost is $4 for students and $6 for adults.

Aitkin choir to perform April 6-9

AITKIN — The Aitkin High School Concert Choir will perform “Fiddler on the Roof” at 2 p.m. April 6 and at 7:30 p.m. April 7-9 in the Aitkin High School Auditorium. 

Tickets may be purchased at the Aitkin High School District Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Matinee tickets are $5 and night performances are $8 for reserved center seating or $9 at the door or $5 for reserved wing seating or $6 at the door.

Art display at library

Artist Jeanne Gaffney, who also goes by JG Rose, will have her art on display through May at the Brainerd Public Library.

Gaffney, a Brainerd lakes area resident for more than 20 years, has been painting for five years. She works mostly in oils but has done some work in acrylics and ceramic paints. 

Her work can be found at Gifts Galore in Crosby, The Pine Cone Gallery in Deerwood, Rels Title in Baxter and More Than Floors in Humboldt, Iowa.

Six at Forestview chosen for MBDA Honor Band

BAXTER — Six band students from Forestview Middle School in Baxter were selected for membership in the Minnesota Band Director’s Association Grades 6-8 Minnesota Mid Level Honor Band for the 2010-2011 school year.

Selected were eighth-graders Connor Gunsbury, trombone; Cassidy Pelkey, flute; Serena Schreifels, trumpet; Kimberly Kaspar and Catherine Kleindl, clarinet; and seventh-grader Matthew Majerle, alto saxophone. They were selected from 317 students across Minnesota who auditioned this winter for a spot in the group.

The students will attend an event April 9-10 in Farmington, where they will be conducted by Alicia Neal, assistant director of bands and athletic bands at the University of Minnesota. The weekend will culminate with a concert at 2 p.m. April 10 in the auditorium at Farmington High School.

Forestview was one of only two schools in the state to have the maximum of six students selected for participation in the honor band. 

Forestview band director Chuck Carlson said “We are very proud of all of our students who auditioned for the honor band this year ... They put in a lot of hard work to prepare a very difficult audition. Over the past number of years we have really seen the positive impact this honor band audition and other activities like our solo recitals have had on the band program, not only at the middle school, but also as the students reach the high school level.”

Northern Lites to begin spring season

NISSWA — Northern Lites will open its spring season Tuesday from 6-7:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

The group will gather each Tuesday to sing old Broadway tunes.

Directed by Cindy Hannem, the group will perform at a variety of events in Brainerd and Nisswa. If interested in joining or for more information, call Mike Edmunds at (218) 963-2112.

Commonweal to present ‘An Enemy of the People’ 

Commonweal Theater Company of Lanesboro will present Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s “An Enemy of the People” at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the John Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

General admission for the Cultural Arts Series presentation is $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be purchased at, from the CLC box office at 855-8199 or via email at

“An Enemy of the People” addresses the irrational tendencies of the masses and the hypocritical and corrupt nature of the political system that they support. It’s the story of one brave man’s struggle to do the right thing and speak the truth in the face of extreme social intolerance.

Poetry event set

STAPLES — The Five Wings Art Council is hosting a poetry event from 1-3 p.m. Saturday at the council office at 121 Fourth St. N.E., Staples.

‘O Solo Mio’ to be presented

“O Solo Mio” will be presented by the Great River Strings and the Ripple River Strings at 7:30 p.m. April 9 at Heartwood Convention Center in Crosby and at 2 p.m. April 10 at First Lutheran Church in Aitkin.

“O Solo Mio” was written by Eduardo di Capua in 1898. It was made famous by many artists, including Enrico Caruso and Mario Lanza.The spring concert will feature two guest soloists and other musicians.

The two soloists are Jenna Miller, principal cellist for the Heartland Symphony, who has played and sung with many different ensembles, ranging in style from classical chamber and symphonic music to alternative rock and worship music, and Rebecca Yeh, a Brainerd High School senior who was named one of the 15 finalists to the Minnesota Public Radio varsity competition scheduled April 17 at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

Both performances run the gamut from Baroque to contemporary music, with stops in the romantic, impressionistic, neo-classic and modern periods. The Ripple River Strings will feature a violin trio, harp solo, trumpets, guitars and flutes.

Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for seniors and students and $20 for families. Children under 6 are free. Call Lynn at (218) 678-3034 for more information.

Southwestern Indian class scheduled

CROSBY — Unlimited Learning will present a Southwestern Indian art class from 1:30-3:30 p.m. April 12 at Heartwood Senior Living Community in Crosby.

Students are asked to bring old Southwestern Indian items to the presentation. Students will examine objects such as jewelry and weaving and learn about their meaning from art collector Linda Hommes and co-host George Cowie. Hommes is a collector of Native American and western. Cowie is a former teacher who enjoyed yearly visits to reservations.

Unlimited Learning non-members pay $6 for the session. For more information, contact Larry Foote at (218) 678-3034 or go to

Anne Hills to perform 

NISSWA — Anne Hills, “one of the most glorious voices in all of contemporary folk music,” according to the Chicago Tribune, will be the next Grassroots Concerts performer.

Hills will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. April 8 at the Live Well Nightclub and Coffee Bar, with the doors opening for general seating at 6:30 p.m.

During her 35-year career, Hills has received numerous honors including the 2006 Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts Project Stream grant award for the 2007 premiere of “An Evening of James Whitcomb Riley.”

She also was the recipient of the WFMA 2002 Kate Wolf Memorial Award and The Kerrville Music Foundation’s Outstanding Female Vocalist of the Year Award in 1997. Her duet children’s recording “Never Grow Up,” released in 1998 with Cindy Mangsen on Flying Fish Records, was chosen for the coveted Parents’ Choice Award.

Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $5 for children younger than 12 with listening attention when accompanied by an adult. Concerts are made possible in part by a grant from the Minnesota Legislature awarded by the Five Wings Regional Arts Council. Grassroots Concerts welcomes your non-perishable food donation to the local food shelf.

For information, go to

Danza Espanola concert set at New York Mills 

A Danza Espanola flamenco dance and music concert is scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday at the New York Mills Cultural Center.

Tickets are $12 advance sale and $15 the day of the concert and may be reserved at (218) 385-3339.

The program brings the trilogy of traditional flamenco, dance, guitar and song together. Special guest singers will be La Conja and Vicente Griego from New York City and Albuquerque, N.M.; dancers Deborah Elias and Colette Illarde; and guitarist Trevor May.