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Entertainment Briefs - May 10

The Brainerd High School orchestra program will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Educational Services Building in Brainerd. Submitted1 / 2
Broken Fiddle members Doug Millaway (left), Jake Hagedorn, Angie Crandall and Kris Crandall will perform Friday, May 11 at Great River Arts in Little Falls. Submitted2 / 2

Brainerd jazz concert set at Tornstrom

The Brainerd High School music program will present its spring jazz band concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10, at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd.

The concert will feature jazz students from BHS and Forestview Middle School—featuring the BHS Jazz Ensemble I, BHS Jazz Ensemble II, BHS Windfall Choir, FMS Jazz Warriors and FMS Warrior Blues.

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

BHS orchestra concert set Tuesday

The Brainerd High School orchestra program will present its spring concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, at Tornstrom Auditorium at Washington Education Services Building in Brainerd.

The program will feature more than 100 students in three string orchestras, a guitar ensemble, and a cello ensemble. Pieces performed will include classical works by Dvorak, Rutter and Reinecke, as well as music by contemporary composers. Senior violinist Maria Bell will be featured in a performance of the first movement of the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor. An ensemble of 28 cellists from each of the orchestras will premiere a new work titled "Tempest," a piece written specifically for the BHS Orchestra program by Chicago-based composer Michelle Isaac.

Senior orchestra members will be recognized for their years of participation in the orchestra program. Orchestras are directed by Spencer Frie and the Guitar Ensemble is directed by Teresa Kingsley.

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

FMS bands to perform spring concerts

BAXTER—The Forestview Middle School bands, under the direction of Chuck Carlson and Jessica Moats, will perform in concert next week. Each concert will take place in the cafetorium of FMS and is free of charge.

The dates and times for each band are as follows:

• The eighth-grade bands will perform Monday, May 14. The "Day 1 Blue Band" will perform at 6 p.m. and the "Day 2 Silver Band" will perform at 7:15 p.m.

• The seventh-grade bands will perform Tuesday, May 15. The "Day 1 Blue Band" will perform at 6 p.m. and the "Day 2 Silver Band" will perform at 7:15 p.m.

• The sixth-grade bands will perform Thursday, May 17. Teams A and B Band will perform at 6 p.m. and Teams C and D Band will perform at 7:15 p.m.

HSO announces 42nd orchestra season

Heartland Symphony Orchestra has announced the lineup for the first concerts of their 42nd season. Based in west-central Minnesota, HSO presents a fall, winter and spring series with concerts in Brainerd and Little Falls.

The 2018-19 season opens on Oct. 13 in Little Falls and Oct. 14 in Brainerd with "Opera from Around the World." The orchestra will perform Gioachino Rossini's "Overture" from The Barber of Seville, Zoltán Kodály's Háry János "Intermezzo" and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov's "Dance of the Tumblers" from The Snow Maiden Suite.

The concert in Little Falls will also include students from the St. Francis Concert Orchestra performing Giuseppe Verdi's "Anvil Chorus from Il Trovatore" and "La Donna e Mobile" from Rigoletto.

Following intermission the program will include some of the best-loved arias in opera music sung by soprano Jennifer Olson. Joining HSO players will be members of the University of Minnesota Morris Orchestra for the performance of George Frideric Handel's "Piangerò la sorte mia," "sì crudele" from Giulio Cesare and Johann Strauss II's "Mein Herr Marquis" from Die Fledermaus—"Laughing Song."

The winter program will be a holiday theme, "Family Adventure," Dec. 1 in Little Falls and Dec. 2 in Brainerd and will feature pianist Kate Bae, child dancers from Just for Kix and a combined performance with the Brainerd High School Orchestra followed by the popular Christmas Sing-Along.

In spring, the theme "The Joy of Youth" will feature the Youth Concerto Competition Winners. This contest is hosted every other year by Heartland Symphony. In 2017, it was supported in part by a grant from Crow Wing Power Community Trust. The 2019 concerts will be April 6 in Little Falls and April 7 in Brainerd and will also include works by Ravel and Tchaikovsky.

HSO concerts are made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Five Wings Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds. In Little Falls, the Laura Jane Musser Fund provides additional support.

Tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling 1-800-826-1997. For more information visit

Broken Fiddle and Friends returns to GRA

LITTLE FALLS—Broken Fiddle will perform Friday, May 11 at Great River Arts in Little Falls. Made up of some of the region's most in-demand musicians, the band brings a variety of original music along with a tasteful selection of covers, with a broad sound that brings together influences of folk, rock, singer-songwriter and even music of the 1940s, a news release stated. Ticket information is available by contacting GRA at 320-632-0960 or by going online to

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Fiddle is comprised of season musical veterans Doug Millaway, Jake Hagedorn, Angie Crandall and Kris Crandall. The band is known to get the crowd moving.

GRA also is hosting its Free Art Second Saturday from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at which participants will create flower pounding artwork on canvas bags. Sign-up is highly encouraged to ensure the center would have enough supplies. Sign up by calling GRA.

Ruttger's announces summer concert series

DEERWOOD—Classic rock band Lake Effect will kick off the Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge Summer Concert Series at 7 p.m. May 26.

Known for their high-energy performances, Lake Effect mixes in a bit of funk and disco. Guitarist Shawn Hagen hails from McGregor and the band regularly plays throughout the region.

"We are very excited to kick off summer with another season of great, outdoor music," Ruttger's President Chris Ruttger stated in a news release. "Watching good music with Bay Lake as the backdrop is pretty special. The concert venue is charming, it's a great value and fun for the whole family. It is quintessential Minnesota summer fun."

The concert is the first of an eight-event series featuring local and regional bands. All concerts are open to the public. Admission is $5 per person for non-resort guests, who may pay at the gate or online at

Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Concertgoers are invited to bring their own lawn chairs.

The concert series will include:

• June 16, Steele River Band.

• June 30 , October Son.

• July 14, Ipso Facto.

• July 28, King's Ransom.

• Aug. 11 , Ken Valdez.

• Aug. 25, Shotgun Drama Junkies.

• Sept. 1, Hangfire.

For more information about the acts part of the concert series, go to The concert series is presented by Coca-Cola and the NewsHopper.

Chicken Soup for the Soul features Baxter woman

Baxter resident Sheila Helmberger's story "The Journal" is included in the "Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom."

Helmberger has a bachelor's degree in journalism and has been a freelance writer for nearly 20 years. She is a mother of three and has three grandchildren.

According to the description of the book on Amazon, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: My Amazing Mom," the book "will touch the heart of any mother with its stories of gratitude, joy, love and lessons. Mothers and grandmothers will feel appreciated as they read about the impact of their hard work."

The description continues: "This new collection is filled with heartwarming and entertaining anecdotes by grateful children, all in praise of the amazing woman who encourages them, supports them, and most importantly, loves them. These stories will brighten any mother's day, and show her that the kids were paying attention after all. Mom will laugh, cry and nod in recognition as she reads these heartwarming stories."

"Chicken Soup for the Soul," the world's favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, the "Chicken Soup for the Soul" website states. There are well over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles and translations into more than 40 languages. "Chicken soup for the soul" is one of the world's best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture.