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4 events you need to know about this weekend in Grand Forks

Concert will be dedicated to those who've lost their lives to cancer

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Nariaki Sugiura and Simona Barbu, UND music professors, will be the featured artists in the Grand Forks Master Chorale concert, "The Sacred Veil," at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Calvary Lutheran Church.
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GRAND FORKS – The Grand Forks Master Chorale will present the North Dakota premiere of “The Sacred Veil” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 at Calvary Lutheran Church, 1405 S. Ninth St.

The 26-member Master Chorale, under the direction of Dean Jilek, will perform the 12-movement choral work, which features Nariaki Sugiura, piano, and Simona Barbu, cello, UND music professors who perform together at Duo Cantabile.

“The Sacred Veil,” by Eric Whitacre, tells the story of life, love and loss, emanating from his collaboration with poet-lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri whose wife died from ovarian cancer at age 36. This piece was first premiered in February 2019 by the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

The composition explores themes of life, fear, death, grief, eternity, hope and healing, said Mathew Cherian, executive director of the Master Chorale. “Silvestri states, ‘Everyone in our society has been touched by cancer in one way or another, (and) I hope this music will offer healing and comfort to all who hear it.’ ”

The concert is dedicated to the memory of local residents and members of the Grand Forks Chorales who have died from cancer, Cherian said.

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At the concert, a free-will donation will be accepted before and after the performance to benefit the Hope Foundation of North Dakota, which is dedicated to cancer prevention and providing much-needed support and assistance for those facing the challenge of cancer.

Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, and $5 for a student with a valid ID. To purchase tickets, go to www.gfchorales.org/tickets.html .

Symphony to perform all-Elgar concert Sunday at Masonic Center

The Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will present a concert, titled “The Enigma Variations,” at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Masonic Center, 423 Bruce Ave.

The concert, under the direction of Alejandro Drago, will feature works by Edward Elgar: “Chanson de Matin (Morning Song)”; “Enigma Variations, Opus 36”; and “Cello Concerto in E minor Opus 85.”

The featured soloist, cellist Dennis Parker, has served as professor of cello and string chamber music at Louisiana State University. A former member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, he also has served as principal cellist of the Porto Alegre Symphony Orchestra in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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Cellist Dennis Parker will be the featured soloist at the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra concert, "The Enigma Variations," which begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 8 at the Grand Forks Masonic Center.
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He appears frequently as soloist, recitalist, collaborator and guest professor at universities and festivals worldwide. He is actively involved in the expansion of the existing cello repertoire and has transcribed many important works for his instrument.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, $15 for military and $5 for students. They may be purchased in advance at Popplers Music, 1726 S. Washington St., or online at www.ggfso.org .

Motorcyclists club to host ‘Spirit of America Bike and Car Show’ this weekend

The Red River Valley Motorcyclists’ annual “Spirit of America Bike and Car Show” returns to the Alerus Center on Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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The event will also feature live music and a beer garden both days. Food will also be available for purchase.

Proceeds from the event will support the Veterans Honor Flight of North Dakota/Minnesota, the Veterans Memorial Park, the Northern Valley Law Enforcement Memorial, and other local charities.

Prizes worth about $80,000 and $20,000 in cash prizes will be given in a raffle drawing. Prizes include a 2022 NorthStar Edition XP 1000 Polaris Ranger, with a 12-foot Mission aluminum trailer; cash awards of $500, $1,000 and $2,500; and numerous other items.

Raffle tickets, $50 each, may be purchased in advance on the organization’s website or at the event. The drawing begins at 3 p.m. Sunday; ticket-holders do not need to be present to win.

For the first time, The Judges Award, which will be given every year in honor of Brigadier General Al Palmer, will be presented by Palmer’s widow, Peggy Palmer, at the event Sunday, said Mike Hagen, organizer. It will be given for a vehicle entry. Al Palmer died in November after leading the effort to complete the Grand Forks Veterans Memorial Park, which was formally dedicated Sept. 11.

It is fitting that Palmer be honored at the car and bike show; he was becoming more involved with the Red River Valley Motorcyclists club, Hagen said. “He used to always say, ‘We will never walk away from the veterans.’ ”

Shawn Marshall of Oslo, Minnesota, an RRVM club member who died in April at age 47, will also be honored at the event, Hagen said.

Admission to the show is $5. Children ages 12 and younger, if accompanied by a paying adult; veterans and law enforcement personnel are admitted free of charge.

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For more information, or to buy tickets, go to www.rrvmnd.org . For more details, call Timothy Gowan, (701) 739-1605, or Hagen, (218) 791-2910.

The Alerus Center is located at 1200 S. 42nd St.

Dakota Science Center to host astronomy event

The Dakota Science Center will host an International Astronomy Day event for the public beginning at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Heritage Village, 219 20th St. N.E., East Grand Forks.

Members of the UND Northern Sky Astronomical Society will set up telescopes and be on hand to answer questions, said Laura Munski, executive director of the Dakota Science Center.

The event will feature activities for the family, including a solar system walk.

For more information, email dakota.science@gmail.com .

Northwest Minnesota Arts Council announces art exhibit winners

Beau Bakken of Hallock, Minnesota, and Addison Severts of Grygla, Minnesota, received first place awards in the annual Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit, the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council has announced. The awards were presented at a recent event in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.

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Beau Bakken of Hallock, Minnesota, received first place, in the adult artist category, at the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit held recently in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
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In the adult artist category, Bakken won the top prize for his acrylic painting, “Sunny Day,” and received a $500 award.

In the student artist category, Severts received $300 for her mixed media artwork, “Wave of Money”.

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In the student artist category, Addison Severts of Grygla, Minnesota, received a first place award for her mixed media artwork, "Wave of Money," at the Northwest Minnesota Art Exhibit awards ceremony held recently in Thief River Falls, Minnesota.
Photo courtesy of the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council

The award winners were selected by Matt Anderson, qualified juror and education director at the North Dakota Museum of Art.
Other adult artists who received awards are: Bert Foster, Thief River Falls, second place for his photograph, “Gooseberry Cataract”; and Ross Harper Hier, Crookston, third place for his painting, “Wood Splitter’s Alarm Clock”.

Adult artists who received merit awards are: Nick Reitzel, Karlstad; Sarah Amaral, Fosston; Cindy Kolling, Gully; Paulette Christianson, Badger; and Betsy Saurdiff, Grygla. The People’s Choice Award went to Christine Foster, Thief River Falls.

Student artist winners also included Morgan Chisholm, Ada, second place for a sculpture, “Teatime in the Spring”; and Anna Mickolio, Goodridge, third place for a drawing, “Wilbur”.

Student winners who received Merits are: Kaytlyn Knutson, Red Lake Falls; Valiant Underwood, Ada; Lakyki Brobst, Grygla; Paige Sturre, Thief River Falls; and Mason Owens, Euclid. The People’s Choice in the student category was awarded to Severts.

Some of the artworks were selected for the Council’s Traveling Art Exhibit, which will be displayed in area libraries this year.

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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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