Rainbow Coalition Club hosts drag show

Central Lakes College’s Rainbow Coalition Club held its second annual drag show Friday at the Brainerd campus, with more than 150 campus and community members attending. The show included CLC students and students from the St. Cloud State University Drag Troupe.

Drag is an artistic expression of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, queer or questioning community, where people dress up in an exaggerated expression of gender and lip sync to songs while dancing.

With the $1,248 raised from the show, the CLC Rainbow Coalition will increase community education opportunities at the college.

“Society tells us to act, behave and be a certain way. I say be yourself,” Kyle Girtz, president of the Rainbow Coalition Club, stated. “This event made me feel amazing. I could be myself and feel comfortable in my own skin knowing that everyone was there to love and support me, as well as the community.”

Crossing Arts Alliance announces workshops

The Crossing Arts Alliance, a nonprofit arts organization in downtown Brainerd, announces upcoming arts workshops coming this month.

Lisa Jordan will lead a needle felted nest class March 21. The workshop is suitable for beginning or intermediate needle felters ages 13 and up. Using a specially barbed needle, fluffy wool, and a variety of ribbons, trims and natural materials, students will create a one-of-a-kind nest with colorful eggs. All materials are included. Cost is $25 for Crossing members, and $30 for non-members.

Patricia Lintner will present Mixed Media Art Book March 27-28. Students will learn how to incorporate found papers, paint, ephemera, beads and other found objects into pages and covers and assemble it all into a finished Mixed Media Art Book. Students are encouraged to bring any personal items they wish to include in their work. Cost is $80 for Crossing members, and $89 for non-members.

To enroll in the workshops call TCAA at 218-833-0416 or visit crossingarts.org. Pre-payment is required. Cancellations made less than 24 hours before class will not be eligible for a refund.

Folkdance set

The New Piney Woods Folkdance Club will host its monthly dance from 7-8:30 p.m. March 24, in the yoga studio at the Franklin Arts Center in Brainerd. This dance is open to everyone and no experience in dance is necessary. The folk dancers explore easy to do dances from around the globe in line, circle and couple formations. All dances are taught and no partner is necessary.

Contact Paul Wilson at 218-821-3462 for more information.

‘Healing Through Art’ classes open

Cancer patients are invited to bring a guest and participate in a new support of classes titled “Healing Through Art” at Essentia Health-St. Joseph’s Medical Center in Brainerd.

Classes are at 1:30 p.m. March 24, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 28 and Aug. 25 and are an hour long.

“Healing Through Art” combines psychotherapeutic techniques with the creative process to improve mental health, resilience and well-being. The process of creativity promotes self-expression, self-awareness and coping skills. Techniques may include drawing, painting, coloring, collage, journaling and more. Participants do not need to have artistic ability. People are encouraged to register with the Cancer Center at the Brainerd hospital at 218-828-3113.

Crossing Arts announces scholarship opportunities

The Crossing Arts Alliance is opening the application process for its annual arts scholarship. A $500 scholarship will be awarded to a graduating senior from high school in the Brainerd lakes area, with schools to include Brainerd, Crosby, Crosslake Charter, Pequot Lakes, Pillager, and Pine River. The applicant must be planning to pursue further education in the arts including, but not limited to, visual art, music, drama, speech, literary arts, dance/movement, photography, and technology-produced arts. To apply, applicants are asked to answer five questions in either a written narrative — no more than 500 words — or presented through a video three to five minutes in length. Applications can be completed by filling out the online form found at crossingarts.org/arts-scholarship. The deadline for submissions is April 1. The scholarship recipient will be announced April 3 at the opening reception for “Young at Art,” an exhibit of artwork from area schools to be on display at The Crossing Arts Alliance.

The mission of The Crossing is to act as a gateway to the arts through access, education, and experiences. For more information contact The Crossing at 218-833-0416 or info@crossingarts.org.

Piano students win awards

PEQUOT LAKES — A total of 151 students participated Feb. 29 in the 37th annual Lakes Area Piano Festival at the Pequot Lakes High School. Established by the National Federation of Music Clubs, the Junior Festival program is for students 18 years of age and younger who study one piece from a required list of American composers and one of their own choosing. Students may work toward a gold cup, earning points on the basis of performance. A maximum of five points is given for a superior performance and 15 points are required to earn a gold cup, 30 for the second and 45 for the third.

Renee Anderson, Pequot Lakes, is the festival chairperson and the judges were Sue Kavanaugh, Teresa Kingsley, Andrea Lund and Cathy Taylor. Teachers with students participating were Anderson, Kavanaugh, Taylor, Kingsley, Lila Clarke, Kara Craine, Rebecca Gordon, Carolyn Nygard, Elizabeth Sawdey, Julie Schriefels, Amy Stone, Cathy Taylor and Lisa Walker.

Those receiving superior ratings were:

Blair Ahlquist, Calista Anderson, Scarlett Anderson, Vanessa Anderson, Violet Anderson, Anna Angland, Madeline Angland, Lyric Aulie, Raenah Aulie, Lucas Ball, Madeline Ball, Madeline Baumann, Samuel Baumann, Ethan Bergem, Kelsey Bergem, Arabelle Boesen, Emmalyn Boesen, Isaac Boesen, Jovi Borland, Tana Borland, Gabrielle Bratney, Mullen Bratney, Julieanna Bresnahan, Kedrah Brooks, Maddox Brooks, Charlotte Burmeister, Brynn Carlson, Emily Chen, Annie Close, Beckett Craine, Cooper Craine, Kenzie Crawford, Sophia Dabill, Annika Dalzell, Raven Davis, William Dellaney, Colten Dols, Isaiah Downie, Jonathan Downie, Abraham Erfurth, Isabel Erfurth, Ronan Fornshell, Scotlyn Gardiner, Cameran Gearns, Emma Gearns, Ellen Germundson, Brekkin Glazier, Landon Glazier, Daniel Goodwin, Raina Grant, Molly Guderjohn, Christian Gunderson, Meghan Hamilton, Ava Hansen, Ella Hautala, Elijah Hayes, Hannah Hayes, Tyler Hidde, Rachel Hilton, Anabelle Holcomb-Smith, Grace Holcomb-Smith, Ezra Hopman, William Huisinga, Maegan Irish, Angus Jacobson, Opal Jacobson, Ellie Jensen, James Johnson, Noah Johnson, Elizabeth Joque, Jonah Klicker, Alli Krantz, Garrett Krantz, Holden Krantz, Vince Kratochvil, Brooke Krivich, Ike Larson, Alexis Lee, Anne Lindholm, Adam Lindquist, Anneka Lindquist, Cora Lindquist, Maren Lindquist, Maddie Lingenfelter, Joseph Loschko, Lily Loschko, Rose Loschko, Samuel Loschko, Claire Lundstrom, Sophie Lupella, Esme Malloy, Raleigh Mann, Stella Marohn, Katherine Mohar, Mary Moore, Nicholas Moore, Sarah Nesheim, Callie Norman, Ella Ostrowski, Autumn Paulus, Avery Pliscott, Braeden Pontius, Walter Prahm, Isaac Quisberg, Allison Rice, Deanna Root, Taylor Ruhl, Thomas Ruhl, Markus Rustad, Addison Ryan, Sloan Saffell, Zendaya Sanguma, Charles Schiessel, Sophia Schram, Hazel Schwanke, Jonah Schwanke, Ashley Shamp, Ari Sibbert, Jeremiah Slaughter, Isaac Smith, Levi Smith, Aaditya Srinivasan, Ethan Stohr, Axton Svir, Beckett Svir, Addie Thielen, Nico Thielen, Livia Thompson, Georgianna Toftness, Oliver Toftness, Keaira Vaughn, Sicily Voss, Alexander Weber, Samuel Weber, Catherine Welte, Teresa Welte, Caydence Wentzel, Gabrielle Wentzel, Brady Westholter and Cassidy Wick.

Those receiving excellent ratings were:

Grace Close, Joshua Close, Samantha Dabill, Hailey Friedrich, Lydia Furst, Anniston Morris, Maddy Norquist, Maggie Prahm, Karch Sawyer, Abby Smith, Eliana Smith, Luna Thull and Tayton Wermager.

Those receiving their first gold cup:

Callista Anderson, Lyric Aulie, Madeline Baumann, Emmalyn Boesen, Maddox Brooks, Emily Chen, Beckett Craine, Sophia Dabill, Ronan Fornshell, Scotlyn Gardiner, Ellen Germundson, Brekkin Glazier, Landon Glazier, Elijah Hayes, Hannah Hayes, Angus Jacobson, Noah Johnson, Ike Larson, Cora Lindquist, Esme Malloy, Callie Norman, Walter Prahm, Ari Sibbert, Jeremiah Slaughter, Ethan Stohr, Beckett Svir, Livia Thompson, Oliver Toftness and Caydence Wentzel.

Those receiving their second gold cup:

Arabelle Boesen, Isaiah Downie, Isabel Erfurth, Cameron Gearns (hymn and piano solo), Raina Grant, Joseph Loschko, Claire Lundstrom, Ella Ostrowski and Gabrielle Wentzel.

Those receiving their third cup:

Ellie Jensen, Elizabeth Joque, Rose Loschko, Mary Moore and Autumn Paulus.

Those receiving their fourth cup:

Sarah Nesheim, 18. She has been obtaining superior ratings since she was 7. This is her 12th and final year in the festival.

HSO announces spring concerts

Heartland Symphony Orchestra will present its final concert series of concerts of its 43rd season with the program’s theme "A Tribute to Beethoven."

The three upcoming concerts are at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at The Log Church in Crosslake; 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Charles D. Martin Auditorium of the Little Falls Community High School; and 2:30 p.m. April 5 at Tornstrom Auditorium in Brainerd

The concerts will feature “Symphony No. 6 in F major” by Ludwig van Beethoven. The piece is also known as the Pastoral Symphony and is evocative of the rural countryside that Beethoven loved to explore, a news release stated. It was composed simultaneously with his more famous — and more fiery — “Fifth Symphony.” Both were premiered in Vienna in 1808.

Another highlight of this concert series will be the winning composition of the HSO Composer's Competition. More than 200 years past the premier of Beethoven's symphonies, another composer will have the opportunity to premier his work in the decidedly rural setting of central Minnesota. Mason Quinn, 23, won the 2020 competition with his original composition, the first movement of Symphony in C major and will perform.

As a youth, Beethoven was commissioned and encouraged to compose, resulting in symphonies, concertos and sonatas that are still performed today. HSO's goal is to give emerging composers a chance to have their work performed by a live orchestra. As winner, Quinn will receive an honorarium of $1,000 and a copy of the audio and video recording of the concert.

The concert will also include the “Hungarian March” from The Damnation of Faust by Hector Berlioz and “City Beautiful” by Ingrid Stölzel

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.

Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and free to youth and students in K-12. Tickets may be purchased at the door, by calling 1-800-826-1997 or online at www.HeartlandSymphony.com. Tickets are not required for the Crosslake concert as it is being sponsored by the Crosslake Community.

About Mason

Mason from Dallas, Texas, won the HSO 2020 Composer Competition out of 77 applications received. Born in 1996, Quinn is currently a student at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts where he studies composition with Lane Harder. This is not the first award that Mason has received. He has received awards from the American Composer’s Forum, Voices of Change, Texas A&M University, the Dallas Foundation, the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra and the ASU Symphony Orchestra. His music has been performed in concert by dozens of musical organizations including the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, South Bend Symphony Orchestra, New Texas Symphony Orchestra, Mission Chamber Orchestra and American Composer’s Forum.