2015-16 Fine Arts Calendar

Nov 6 Young Frankenstein 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Nov 7 Young Frankenstein 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Nov 8 Young Frankenstein 2:00 p.m. Waage Theatre

Nov 12 Young Frankenstein 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Nov 13 Young Frankenstein 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Nov 14 Young Frankenstein 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Nov 20 Jazz Band Concert 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Dec 3 Winter Choir Concert 7:30 p.m. Legacy Hall

Dec 11 Band Concert 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Mar 4 Spring Play 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Mar 5 Spring Play 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Mar 6 Spring Play 2:00 p.m. Waage Theatre

Mar 10 Spring Play 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Mar 11 Spring Play 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Mar 12 Spring Play 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Apr 15 Concert Band Concert 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre

Apr 17 Chamber Chorale Concert 2 p.m. Legacy Hall

Apr 21 Empty Bowls Project 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Legacy Hall

Apr 22 Spring Choir Concert 7:30 p.m. Legacy Hall

Apr 29 Jazz Band Concert 7:30 p.m. Waage Theatre


 

Jazz Band Dinner and Dance

Jazz lovers, take note! Come and enjoy some of the area's best at the Jazz Band Dinner & Dance at the Fergus Falls VFW on Saturday, Feb. 20.

The social and dinner hour start at 6 p.m. with the musical accompaniment of the Lakes Area All Stars, featuring local band directors and musicians.

The dance is from 7 to 10 p.m., with music provided by the M State Jazz Band and the M State Jazz Combo under the direction of Dan Carlson, and Lakes Area All Stars, directed by Jim Iverson.

Come to dance, or come to listen. The evening will feature instrumental soloists and M State student guest vocalists Ashley Forsman of Murdock and Jacob Seeman of St. Cloud. There will be a variety of styles of music including swing, ballad, waltz, polka and upbeat rock and roll.

Tickets for the dinner and dance are $20, and dance-only tickets are $8. The menu features a choice of roast beef or chicken breast and accompaniments.

Dinner tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, Feb. 10. Dance-only tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. Get your ticket by calling M State at 218.736.1600 or visiting the box office on the M State campus. Box office hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Fergus Falls VFW is located at 420 E. Washington Ave.


 

'The Rimers of Eldritch'

Tickets are on sale now for the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Theatre Department's upcoming performances of The Rimers of Eldritch, the story of a small town grappling with its secrets.

The drama by Lanford Wilson portrays the residents of the decaying Bible belt town of Eldritch who are dealing with a sexual assault and the murder of an elderly hermit. While the community prides itself on its morality, its capacity for viciousness and cruelty are uncovered as its secrets are bared.

The play is directed by M State theatre instructor Stefanie Gerhardson.

Cast members are Hailey Formo (Wadena); Jessica Gullickson, Austin Begley, Connor Murphy, Julia Christenson, Teresa Widiger, Amy Melbye and Samantha Andrews (Fergus Falls); Nelly Winrod (Robbinsdale); Breanna Roen and Gaige Jevne (Underwood); Mykey Watchorn (Frazee); Emily Hough (Elbow Lake); Jacob Haugen and Cassidy Anderson (Henning); Megan Riedel (Clarissa); Jonathon Jensen (Pelican Rapids), Noah Dressler (Morris) and Jacob Seeman (St. Cloud).

Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 4-5, and Thursday through Sunday, March 10-12; with a matinee showing at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 6, at Waage Theatre on M State's Fergus Falls campus.

Tickets are $9 in advance and $11 at the door for adults, and $7 in advance and $8 at the door for students. Tickets can be purchased at the M State box office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance, by calling 218.736.1600 or online at mstatetickets.com.


 

Concert Band Concert

Perham native Benjamin Kadow will join members of the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Concert Band for the band's Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 15, in Waage Theatre on the Fergus Falls campus.

Master Sgt. Kadow, a trombonist with the U.S. Air Force Band, will perform "Flight of the Bumblebee" and "Moon River" with the band, directed by M State Director of Bands Dan Carlson.

After graduating from high school in Perham in 1996, Kadow earned a degree in music education from Concordia College in Moorhead and a master's degree in trombone performance from Western Michigan University. He currently is stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska and performs with the Air Force Heartland of America Band but has played worldwide during his military career.

The Concert Band also will perform numbers including "Hounds of Spring" by Alfred Reed, "Emperata Overture" by Claude T. Smith, "Seal Lullaby" by Eric Whitacre and "Hebrides Suite" by Clare Grunman.

Tickets are $9 in advance and $11 at the door for adults, and $7 in advance and $8 at the door for students. Tickets can be purchased at the M State box office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance, by calling 218.736.1600 or online at mstatetickets.com.


 

Chamber Chorale Concert

Guest conductor Bryan Poyzer will lead the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Chamber Chorale in its spring Showcase at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in Legacy Hall on the Fergus Falls campus.

The Chamber Chorale will present a variety of literature featuring pieces accompanied by Sylvia Nygaard on piano, Tom Rasmusson on percussion and Laurie Strom's string ensemble. The concert also will feature several smaller vocal ensembles performing styles ranging from vocal jazz to folk music.

Poyzer, of Elbow Lake, is director of choral activities at North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton.

"I am excited for the public to hear the Chorale but also to hear some of the wonderful ensembles that exist within the group," Poyzer said. "This concert is truly a showcase of their talent!"

The Chamber Chorale is comprised of 60 M State singers from area communities including Fergus Falls, Battle Lake, Pelican Rapids, Henning, Moorhead and Fargo.

Tickets are $9 in advance and $11 at the door for adults, and $7 in advance and $8 at the door for students. Tickets can be purchased at the M State box office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance, by calling 218.736.1600 or online at mstatetickets.com.


 

Empty Bowls Project

Area residents are invited to fill their bowls while they fill a community need during the Empty Bowls fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 21, at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls.

Guests at the luncheon will be served soup in handmade ceramic bowls in exchange for a minimum donation of $15, with proceeds donated to the local Salvation Army soup kitchen. Diners get to keep the bowl they have chosen.

M State ceramics instructor Lori Charest, who has coordinated the Empty Bowls since it began 12 years ago, said more than 400 bowls have been created for the event by current and former M State students and local artists including Jeff Zachman, a former potter who is now a nationally recognized kinetic sculptor.

"This year so many of our former students came back for our 'bowl-a-thon' that all 16 of the wheels in our pottery studio were full," Charest said. "Our annual gathering of artists has become kind of like a reunion."

During the previous 11 years, M State's Empty Bowls has raised nearly $40,000 to fight hunger through donations to the local Salvation Army. The proceeds of last year's fundraiser were used to help the organization purchase a new commercial stove for its kitchen, where noon meals are prepared daily for as many as 70 people.

Lancer Hospitality is donating the soups - including the perennial favorite, chicken wild rice - for this year's fundraiser, and City Bakery in Fergus Falls is donating an assortment of dinner rolls to be served with the soup.

The annual fundraiser is hosted by the M State Fine Arts Department.

Nationally, Empty Bowls began in 1990 as a meal for the staff of one high school and has spread across the United State and internationally, raising millions of dollars for anti-hunger organizations. It is the project of The Imagine/Render Group, a non-profit organization dedicated to positive and lasting social change through the arts, education and projects that build community.


 

Choir Concert

Come take a trip "Down by the Riverside" as the Minnesota State Community and Technical College choirs combine music and Otter Tail County history in their annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 22, in Legacy Hall on the Fergus Falls campus.

Conducted by Michael Trosvig, M State's Concert Choir and Vocal Ensemble will perform Civil War-era music from the time period when this area was settled, a connection that's reflected in landmarks such as the Fergus Falls street names of Union, Lincoln and Sherman.

The music will be woven with a historical narrative that uses letters to tell the tale of a young man, a Civil War veteran, who travels from New England to Otter Tail County ahead of his wife and child to take advantage of the Homestead Act. The letters were based on research gleaned from the Otter Tail County Historical Museum.

"Not many people know that our area was first settled primarily by Civil War veterans and their families," Trosvig said. "Each leg of our young man's journey and the trials that ensue are punctuated with music from the time period and help tell the story. It almost takes on the aspect of an unstaged musical. Who doesn't like a good story?"

In addition to featuring Minnesota history, the concert will also feature the Voice Ensemble performing works by Minnesota composers, including Norwegian immigrant and St. Olaf College Choir director F. Melius Christiansen, up-and-comer Jake Runestad and M State's own music instructor David Stoddard and student Josh Reiten.

Tickets are $9 in advance and $11 at the door for adults, and $7 in advance and $8 at the door for students. Tickets can be purchased at the M State box office from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and one hour prior to the performance, by calling 218.736.1600 or online at mstatetickets.com.


 

Jazz Band Concert

Get in the mood with the hot sounds of jazz at the Minnesota State Community and Technical College Jazz Band's Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, in Waage Theatre on the Fergus Falls campus.

The Jazz Band, directed by Dan Carlson, will heat things up with upbeat swing tunes "In the Mood," "Jump, Jive and Wail," "Sing Sang Sung" and "Curly Shuffle."

The audience will be treated to the funk tune "Crunchy Frog" and favorites such as "Proud Mary" and "Dance to the Music." There will also be solos by a variety of musicians and a surprise guest that you won't want to miss!

The band welcomes student vocalists Ashley Forsman of Murdock and Jacob Seeman of St. Cloud singing classic tunes "What a Wonderful World," "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" and "Fly Me to the Moon."

Tickets are $9 in advance and $11 at the door for adults and $7 in advance and $8 at the door for students. Tickets are available in the M State Box Office (Room C325), by calling 218.736.1600 or online at mstatetickets.com. Please note that the Box Office is in a new location near Legacy Hall.

Last modified: April 14th, 2016 at 11:02am