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Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition to happen August 1st

Be a part of the audience as local singers compete for cash and prizes at the Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition 7 pm, Thursday, August 1st at Bemidji State University's Bangsberg Hall.

Bemidji Sings! is an event of Minnesota Sings, a competition between cities throughout Minnesota that is designed for amateur vocalists in two age categories, 15-25 and 26 and over. Emceed by David Eichholz of Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos, The first place winner from each age division will go on to represent Bemidji at the state level for Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals.

Finalists who have been chosen to perform August 1st are: April Aylesworth, Darolyn Erickson, Brooke Donaghue, Traci Djonne Schanke, Ronelva Gustafson, Susannah Roed, Charlotte Saxton, McKayla Syverson, Kari Ekhoff, Christa Drake, Maya Lindquist, Carson Carter, Skilah Hurd, and Britta Aas.

Finalists will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge's overall impression. Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition will be judged by Zachary Swank, Karen Bradley, Linda Wagner, Kitty O'Connor, and Peter McKenzie.

Admission for the evening is $5 per person. Purchase your tickets here or at the door.

Sponsored by Headwaters Music & Arts with support from Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Supple Studios. Special thanks to David Eichholz of Deuces Wild.

This activity is funded in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.

This activity is make possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

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Kelley Hunt and Her Touring Band to perform at Headwaters Music & Arts Community Appreciation Concert

Singer-songwriter Kelley Hunt will take the stage with her touring band July 14 at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. Join Headwaters for an outdoor Sunday community appreciation concert from 4-6 pm. The concert is free will-donation with any proceeds going to Headwaters scholarship program for youth music and art activities. In case of rain, concert will take place in Headwaters performance hall. Beverages will be available for purchase courtesy of Brigid’s Pub.

Singer, songwriter, piano player and guitarist Kelley Hunt is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry's penchant for easy artist definitions -- a woman who muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues, roots and gospel traditions. She makes music with its righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.

Born in Kansas City, Hunt’s love for her craft was ignited listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences. Before that came the sound of her mother singing jazz and blues – her first musical memories – and the influence of her New Orleans Gospel singer grandmother. Reminders of these very traditional influences are evident in Hunt’s live performances and recordings but the lyrics, soul and passion are all her own. Her career path so far has been a story of fierce independence, incredible will, unassailable cred as a blistering live performer and hard-won accomplishment. Hunt is at work on her seventh album expected to be released later this year.

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Read more about Kelley Hunt at her websiteFacebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
For interviews contact: Al Berman, Blue Key Artists | al@bluekeyartists.com | 785.741.6000
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A Note About David Greenberg

Below is a letter submitted by Jim Johnston after attending David Greenberg's live performance at Bemidji State University on May 19th.

 

A 350-year old violin came to life Sunday in its first public exposure since being restored by Minneapolis luthier Andrew Dipper.

Some 100 lucky Bemidjians (courtesy of Headwaters School of Music and the Arts, and for a paltry five bucks) cozied into the lower tier of BSU's Bangsberg concert hall to hear Halifax's masterful fiddler/violinist David Greenberg play the old instrument – and his regular violin, and an unusual “octave” fiddle.

Greenberg brought the house down with wild number after number. During one mad reel, as the fiddler's fingers flew over the strings, the enthusiastic audience could almost see plaid-skirted dancers come flying out of the wings.

Although Greenberg plays all kinds of music – Baroque, Cape Breton, and was that a little New Orleans jazz? – he specializes in 18th century Scottish folk.

So why did this fugitive from Maryland and Indiana University move to Nova Scotia? 'Cause that's where the Scots are … forced off their farms during Scotland's infamous 18th and 19th century “clearances”.

During the “conversation” (Greenberg's preferred label for his concert), the delightfully engaging musician paused to answer questions. He noted that the old violin was crafted in Scotland, about 100 years after the violin itself was invented in Italy.

Greenberg explained that the octave fiddle, or baritone violin, plays an octave lower than the violin – down in cello range. (In the mid-1800’s, a New Yorker invented an instrument that Greenberg’s octave fiddle was based on, called the “Cradle of Harmony”.)

To Greenberg, all his violins are alive. At the end of one piece, he communes for a moment with the restored model; he is getting to know it. Between numbers he places the violins carefully on protective cloth. Tenderly.

David Greenberg is now living in Corvallis Oregon.
(To enjoy more Greenbergs, you can support Headwaters.)

- Jim Johnston, Audience Member

 

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Call for Vocalists – Bemidji Sings!

Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers who live, work or attend school in Bemidji to take part in Bemidji Sings! to determine who will represent Bemidji at the Minnesota Sings State Finals in September. Amateur singers interested in taking part will need to register by May 30th.

Auditions will take place noon-7 pm Sunday, June 2nd, 9-noon and 3-6 pm Monday, June 3rd at Headwaters Music & Arts. Participants will sing one song during the preliminary auditions. Up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the August 1st Bemidji Sings! show.

Winners of the preliminary auditions will perform for cash and prizes during the Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition at 7 pm Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at Bemidji State University. The first place winner from each age division will move on to Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals, Saturday-Sunday Sept. 28th – 29th, in Woodbury.

Singers will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge's overall impression.

Read more and register here.

Sponsored by Headwaters Music & Arts with support from Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Supple Studios. Special thanks to David Eichholz of Deuces Wild.

This activity is funded in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.

This activity is make possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

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Bemidji Sings! Call for Vocalists

Headwaters Music & Arts invites amateur singers who live, work or attend school in Bemidji to take part in Bemidji Sings! to determine who will represent Bemidji at the Minnesota Sings State Finals in September. Amateur singers interested in taking part will need to register by May 30th.

Auditions will take place noon-7 pm Sunday, June 2nd, 9-noon and 3-6 pm Monday, June 3rd at Headwaters Music & Arts. Participants will sing one song during the preliminary auditions. Up to 7 singers from each age division will be chosen to perform at the August 1st Bemidji Sings! show.

Winners of the preliminary auditions will perform for cash and prizes during the Bemidji Sings! Vocal Competition at 7 pm Thursday, August 1st, 2019 at Bemidji State University. The first place winner from each age division will move on to Minnesota Sings Statewide Finals, Saturday-Sunday Sept. 28th – 29th, in Woodbury.

Singers will be judged based on their vocal skills, presentation skills, audience response, and judge's overall impression. Read more.

Sponsored by Headwaters Music & Arts with support from Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce and Supple Studios. Special thanks to David Eichholz of Deuces Wild.

This activity is funded in part, by an appropriation from the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the State’s General Fund.

This activity is make possible, in part, by a grant from the Bemidji Area Arts Endowment, a component fund of the Northwest Minnesota Foundation.

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We ❤ Headwaters

We are gearing up for our annual instructor showcase, the time of year when we show our music program instructors the love they deserve for being so awesome! This years theme is We ❤ Headwaters. The evening will celebrate the diverse talents of our music instructors with a dynamic evening of tunes, varying in style and instrumentation. We need your help though! 

Prior to the showcase we will be posting a giant black heart in the Recital Hall that we want you to cover with all your writings and reflections about why you ❤ Headwaters.  Next time you are in the lobby look for our table of Hearts & Crafts and take a moment to jot down one reason you ❤ Headwaters. We will showcase all the hearts at our annual showcase.

Another way you can take part? #weheartheadwaters
Take a selfie with your heart, or with your instructor, you could even take a photo making art or practicing your instrument, and post it to social media with the #weheartheadwaters. Lets share the love!

Do you want to attend the showcase? We would love to have you there! You can find out more and purchase your tickets here.

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Headwaters Holiday Cheer!

It is that time of year when all of us are seeking holiday cheer (and some holiday deals). We have been really cheery this season and we are happy to share!

Our December 1st CD release really sent us off this December with the feeling of gratitude. Gratitude towards our supporters and community that came out to raise funds, and gratitude to artists who donated their time and talent to help us with our largest fundraiser of the year. We feel as though all that joy and gratitude comes forth in the tunes. You can check it out yourself by purchasing your own CD, or ordering a digital download. Keep the tunes on circulation through this holiday season (we certainly are!), and if you are looking for even more great tunes imbued with gratitude and joy we have a limited number of copies of Christmas in Bemidji Vol. II, that you can add to your playlist.

It is a great time of year to enjoy local talent over a cup of hot cocoa and we hope you get the chance! ☕

 

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Music Enrichment Night With Nathan Hanson on November 16th

Nathan Hanson will present a concert of music for solo soprano saxophone on November 16 at 7:30 pm at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW, Bemidji. The concert will feature music that is part jazz, part classical, and part something-else; composed and improvised by Hanson. Admission is free and open to the public.

Nathan Hanson is a fiscal year 2017 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. The concert is being presented by Headwaters Music & Arts

Composer and saxophonist Nathan Hanson has performed in venues from concert halls to prisons, churches to train stations, debutante balls to Soviet fallout shelters in places ranging from St. Paul to Slovenia; Paris to Pittsburgh; Milano to Mankato; and Rome (both Italy and Georgia). His compositions and recordings have been featured on radio, television and film in the United States and Europe. He is a graduate of Newberry College, and the University of South Carolina.

Hailed as an “extraordinary performer with a beautiful tone and concept” (Cadence magazine), Mr. Hanson makes his home in St. Paul, MN since 2006 following a residency in New York City from 1998 – 2006. His playing has been called “seductively pithy” (Signal to Noise magazine), “unexpectedly tasteful and dignified” (Improjazz) and “immediately accessible without sacrificing musical smarts” (Destination: OUT) with “tinges of Jan Garbarek and Albert Ayler” (Exclaim!).

Awards include grants and commissions from New Music USA, The American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, City of St. Paul Cultural STAR, The Cedar Cultural Center, MN State Arts Board, The Jerome Foundation, The Southern Theater, and the National Performing Arts Convention.

More information about Hanson and his music is available at
{ www.nathanhanson.com }

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Youth Community Band

Headwaters Music & Arts invites Bemidji area brass, woodwind and percussion players to take part in a new youth community band. Youth ages 7-18 and their parents or guardians are invited to an organizational meeting and first rehearsal at 6pm Monday, November 6th at Headwaters Music & Arts, 519 Minnesota Ave NW in Bemidji.

Directed by Craig Haugen, the group will rehearse every other Monday, November-May, to prepare for several performances during the year. The goals for this group are to build ensemble and performance skills and experience the fun and camaraderie of rehearsing and performing as a group. All skill levels welcome, with a pre-requisite of one year of lessons.

Craig Haugen has taught privately through the public school system and Bemidji State University. He is a free-lance musician and performs in local bands, Pelican Railroad and CrossWater. He received his degree in Instrumental Education from Bemidji State University, and has taught guitar, ukulele and all band instruments for over 30 years.

Those interested in taking part but unable to attend the first meeting and rehearsal are asked to contact Headwaters at 218.444.5606 before November 6th.