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BHS music program to host nationally recognized trumpeter

The Brainerd High School Music Department will present its annual spring jazz concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The concert will feature the BHS Jazz Ensembles I and II and guest artist, Steve Wright of Gustavus Adolphus College. Wright is a nationally recognized trumpet and flugelhorn soloist and a composer/arranger of hundreds of works. After graduating from the University of Iowa, his professional career began in 1968 as a jazz/lead trumpet player with the U.S. Air Force Jazz Ensemble, the Airmen of Note. He is an associate professor of Jazz Ensembles and trumpet and arranging at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.

Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students.

Redhead Express Walker Family to perform

Redhead Express Walker Family will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium as part of the Lakes Area Concert Association.

The nine-member Walker family of Alaska plays their own renditions of bluegrass, old time and gospel music and will features hits of the 50s and 60s, to country, to originals, traditional, bluegrass and old time music. Redhead Express have performed around the country and in Branson, Mo., for the past several years.

Redhead Express Walker Family is the last concert in the 2011-12 series.

Association membership tickets for the 2012-13 will be sold before the concert at an early bird price. Prices will increase on June 1. Tickets for the series includes concerts in Brainerd, Sauk Centre, Alexandria, Wadena and Park Rapids.

For more information on the concert series or tickets, call Betty Alderman at 829-3379.

Just For Kix spring show held

The Just For Kix Studio in Brainerd held their annual spring shows Saturday at the Brainerd High School. More than 400 dancers performed ranging from age 2 to adults.

The theme of the show encompassed caring, doing your best, rising above, loving others and yourself.

Hits of the show included: Mother Knows Best, a mother daughter routine from the motion picture “Tangled;” Fathers and their pre-school daughters performed “Super Hero.” Dad’s dressed up like Super Man and were the hero’s of their daughters hearts; “Goodnight Saigon,” a salute to veterans; “Who Runs The World;” “Barbie Reloaded,” an advanced hip hop routine; and finale was Whitney Houston’s “The Greatest Love of All.”

FMS band students perform in recital

The Forestview Middle School (FMS) Band recently hosted a solo recital. Both seventh and eighth grade students performed including, Ashley Bursch on flute, Christine Sanganoo on clarinet, Claire Gunsbury on flute, Connor Haglin on alto saxophone, Cassie Gardner on clarinet, Devin Makey on trumpet, Carina Figliuzzi on flute, Margriet VanDerwerker on flute and Matthew Majerle on alto saxophone. FMS band directors are Chuck Carlson, Jessica Moats and Tom Frid.

Auditions set for musical

PEQUOT LAKES — The Pequot Lakes Community Theater will host auditions for the summer community theater production “Mid-Life the Crisis” at 6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the Pequot Lakes High School theater/choir room.

Participants are asked to dress in comfortable clothes as they’ll be asked to follow dance steps. Participants may bring a prepared song including sheet music for the accompanist. The director may ask you to read from the script.

The show is about how people deal with their mid-life crisis. Through a series of sketches and songs, the show pokes fun at mammograms, love handles, weekend warriors and proctology exams. Humor helps to celebrate reading glasses, menopause and forgetfulness but also to touch on the sentimental experiences that occur in this phase of life.

The cast includes three men and three women. All characters play various roles from the poor unfortunates in the doctor’s offices to the hippie son and his girlfriend who have made themselves all too comfortable in his parent’s home. Then there is the desperate 30-plus woman whose biological clock is ticking so loudly all men around her run for cover.

Those interested in being a part of the support crew, should come to auditions and fill out a form. More information is available from the Pequot Lakes Community Education office by calling (218) 568-9200. Rehearsals begin May 21. Performances are 8 p.m. July 12-14 and 19-21 and a 2 p.m. July 15.

Stand-up comedy at Timbermist

The Nisswa Chamber of Commerce is hosting a sit down dinner featuring stand-up comedy on May 3 at Timbermist Banquet Facility.

Dean Johnson known as the “Door-to-door Comedian,” who was previously seen on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, and Jodie Maruska, a national touring comedian, who recently toured with Louie Anderson, will be the featured comedians. The event begins with a social hour at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and comedy show at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $35 a person or $325 per table. Tickets can be purchased at the chamber in Nisswa by calling 963-2620 or

Crosby student wins CLC art contest

An oil on canvas titled “Simple Twist of Fate” created by Lindy Jo Johnson of Crosby won the 2012 Central Lakes College (CLC) Juried Student Art Contest. The contest was judged by Joli Austin, adjunct faculty member, with assistance from Heidi Steadman, Little Falls, executive director of Visual Arts Minnesota.

Artwork that was entered and qualified was displayed in the CLC Gallery.

Martin Nelson of Brainerd was named runner-up for an acrylic and mixed media on canvas piece titled “The Great Divide, AKA Black Gold.”

Johnson credits CLC art instructor Mic Stowell with inspiring and mentoring her artistic side. Johnson is president of the CLC Science Club and she plans to pursue an environmental engineering degree at Bemidji State University, following the completion of her associate in arts degree this spring.

Martin thanks his artist-father, Mitchell Cory Nelson, for raising him in an artistic environment and nurturing creativity. Nelson plans to attend St. Cloud State University to study fine arts. He currently has one of his works displayed in the Wells Fargo building in St. Paul, as part of the Chancellor’s Exhibit (Minnesota State Colleges and Universities).

Songs of the Minnesota to be experienced

NEW YORK MILLS — Brian Miller and Randy Gosa with Irish music and songs of the Minnesota lumberjack experience will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center. Admission is $12 in advance by calling (218) 385-3339 or $15 at the door. Student admission is $5.

Nationally renowned, master of Celtic music, Miller delves into Midwestern history to find the music of Irish and Scottish lumberjacks who worked in his home state in the 1800s. Miller sings songs that once rang through lumber camp bunkhouses. Old world ballads mix with colorful local lore and creative arrangements, using voice, guitar and a variety of unusual folk instruments to bring this forgotten folk music to life.

Miller teams up with Milwaukee musician Randy Gosa, who adds his virtuosic mandolin, guitar and tenor banjo playing to the mix to fire up the old bunkhouse dance tunes and complete the package for a memorable program of top-notch Celtic music with a distinct Midwestern story. In between the songs, Miller will describe the lives of the singing lumberjacks.

CLC May 3 choir concert is last for director

“A Choral Tapestry,” a free Central Lakes College spring choir concert, will be held at 7:30 p.m. May 3 in the Chalberg Theatre on the Brainerd campus.

Director Michelle Sakry-Winkelman, who is retiring after 22 years as the choir director, said the event will include music performed by the Chamber Singers, Cantare’ Concert Choir and Men’s Ensemble. The singers will perform a variety of musical works by Vivaldi, Luboff, Dickau, Scarlatti, Westler and Rossetti.

A choral medley of 10 songs from the musical “Les Miserables” will be performed by the combined choirs accompanied by Jim Olsen, guest guitarist.

Scheduled soloists are Peter Lucken, Melrose; Chad Frink and Ryan O’Rourke of Brainerd, Christopher Olson of Nisswa and Terah Pontius of Baxter; and doing a duet are Shayna McGerr, Brainerd, and Johanna Downing, Baxter. Other choir members are Jenny Hanes and Marissa Jasmer, Aldrich; Elias Peterson, Aitkin; Felicia Manns, Baxter; Neela Jarrott, Melissa Pikula, Lynnette Bauer, Aleda Pikkaraine, Scott Hubert, and Lucas Norr, Brainerd; Jillian Rinde, Ironton; Amanda Boone, Little Falls; Katie Campbell, Motley; LeeAnn Roepke, Nisswa; Kailee Gudahl, Pequot Lakes; and Tanya Ryappy, Pine River. Choir manager is Justin Kostecka, Pequot Lakes and the choirs are accompanied by pianist Sarah Gorham.

A reception will follow the concert.

Glass blowing workshop set

Pequot Lakes artist Steven Weagel is hosting a free glass blowing workshop on May 5 at his studio, The Weagel Works, 6078 Crow Wing County Road 16, Pequot Lakes.

The workshop is open to public. Glass artists from Wisconsin and Minneapolis will be at the workshop.

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