Cultural Thursday features student's take on Russia

Central Lakes College's Cultural Thursday program presents "Observations as a Student

in Russia" at noon April 4 in the Chalberg Theatre at CLC in Brainerd. The event is free and

open to the public.

During the summer of 2017, presenter Meg Foster studied abroad for nine weeks in

Moscow, interviewing scientists for her research on "Soviet Space Race Propaganda: The

Role of Women in Space and Science."

Foster is a senior studying astrophysics and physics at the University of Minnesota. She

was in Russia with 10 other University of Minnesota students, but independently arranged the study abroad program trip.

"We (the University of Minnesota students on the program) didn't all live together, nor

were our projects related," Foster stated in a news release. "Unless I had an interview scheduled for the day, I spent my time traveling and exploring the city. I fell in love with their metro system, enjoyed visiting markets, malls and museums. I learned where to grocery shop, how to get around, and in the process, learned a dash of Russia's rich history and culture. I took

lots of notes and loved observing. In my presentation, I will share my experiences in

Russia, share some stories and pictures, and hopefully give people a taste of Russia."

For more information about this presentation or the Cultural Thursday Series, contact the series coordinator Tracey Kloeckl-Jiménez at 218-855-8183.

Symphony spring concerts set

Heartland Symphony Orchestra will present its 2019 Spring Concert Series, "The Joy of Youth," at 7:30 p.m. April 6 at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium in Little Falls and 2:30 p.m. April 7 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd. A highlight of the concert will be the winners of this year's Echo Kowalzek Youth Concerto Competition.

Yash Hindka will perform Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major. Hindka, 18, is a student at Sartell High School. He has been studying piano for 10 years with Paul Wirth. His favorite subjects in school are math and science. Outside of school he enjoys going to the gym and lifting weights, listening to music and volunteering at the local food shelf. He is planning on attending an engineering college to study computer science and artificial intelligence.

Joseph Thomas Loss will perform the Concertino for Trombone and Orchestra by Ferdinand David. Loss, 18, is a senior at Brainerd High School. He credits his band director, Chris Fogderud, with encouraging his interest in music. His main interests in school are in humanities and culture and anything involving music. Out of school he spends time playing, composing and transcribing music. He plays with the Rusty Crayfish Brass Band and the Great Lakes Theatre Pit Orchestra. He is planning to continue his education at Concordia Collection in Moorhead studying instrumental music education and trombone performance.

Thanks to a grant received from Crow Wing Power Community Trust, each of these young musicians will be awarded a $500 scholarship toward continuing their musical studies. They will also receive a recording of their concert performance.

The concert will also feature Maurice Ravel's "Pavane for a Dead Princess" and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 2 in C minor, Op. 17. Conductor, Alexander Corbett, will host the Conductor Chat 45 minutes prior to each concert.

Tickets for the concerts are available at the door or online at or by calling 1-800-826-1997 or

The concerts in Little Falls and Brainerd 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 Fund. In Little Falls, the Laura Jane Musser Fund provides additional support.

Legacy Chorale performs free spring concerts

The Legacy Chorale of Greater Minnesota announces its Spring Series 2019: "Wanting Memories-Worldwide Songs of the Journey Called Life" with three upcoming concerts:

• 7:30 p.m., April 12, Cascade United Methodist Church, Deerwood.

• 7:30 p.m., April 13, Holy Cross Catholic Church, Onamia.

• 3:30 p.m., April 14, Tornstrom Auditorium, Brainerd.

The Legacy Chorale has presented concerts on area stages since 2002. The chorale describes itself as a group of "ordinary people creating extraordinary vocal music," with a mission to ensure the legacy of excellence in choral music in the Greater Minnesota area, while enriching, inspiring and renewing the communities in which they live, a news release stated. Comprised of 50-70 vocalists at any time of all ages, they perform in many communities throughout central and Greater Minnesota.

"I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me to see the beauty in the world through my own eyes," are words, written by American composer Ysaye Barnwell for her now-famous piece, that inspired the theme for The Legacy Chorale's Spring 2019 Concert Series.

"Songs that lead us from despair to hope, doubt to faith, and hatred to love comprise a program filled with inspirational melodies from around the globe," the release stated. These include "Spiritual," also written by Barnwell; a Swahili adaptation of the Lord's Prayer titled "Baba Yetu" (from the video game Civilization IV); an exciting choral arrangement of Carly Simon's hit, "Let the River Run"; "Famine Song," which features body percussion that mimics the sounds of rain; Leonard Cohen's beautiful "Hallelujah"; and many more, including folk songs and spirituals.

Free will donations accepted at the door or at

These concerts are also made possible in part 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 Fund.

For more information, go online at or contact Anne McMahon at or by phone at 218-270-8212.

GRA hosts jewelry-making workshop series

LITTLE FALLS-A workshop series on jewelry making is scheduled as part of the new spring programming at Great River Arts in Little Falls.

Local jewelry artist, Deb Hess, welcomes students of all ages to attend three upcoming workshops featuring handmade necklaces and bracelets. Workshops will take place the first Wednesday of each month from April through June.

Hess is a local jewelry artist from rural Minnesota. Hess discovered her love for jewelry making in 2011. Connecting with others through themes of faith, empowerment, hope, thankfulness, loving creation and life, celebrating who you are-these are the heartbeats of every piece she works on, a news release stated. Her workshops aim to make jewelry making accessible with functional pieces customizable to individual styles.

Hess' first class will be 6:30-8:30 p.m. April 3 for students to make a "Minnesota Nice" customized charm necklace. Students will learn how to attach jump rings, beads and a Minnesota cutout charm to a necklace.

The second class scheduled May 1 is where students will make a custom keepsake to celebrate Mom. People will customize their bracelets with a colorful selection of beads and buttons and charms to choose from, and even add a name, phrase or date.

The third class is June 5 and students will make a customized charm bracelet to celebrate their pet. Students will customize their bracelet with a name or date of their choosing.

"It's not just pretty bangles and beads," Hess stated in an email release. "It's not just a collection of trinkets. It's little pieces of ourselves that we put on a silver chain or leather cord, for all the world to see. It's a way we share our heart, what matters to us and what we never want to forget. It's how we celebrate beauty, how we say, 'This is me.' You are a work of art in progress, and I make jewelry for real women."

A cash bar will be available to participants. Further details may be found online at Registration for each class is required. Secure a spot by calling GRA at 320-632-0960.