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City Band to present outdoor concert Thursday at Myra Museum

Sixty musicians, directed by Janelle Huber, will perform works by well-known composers

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The UND Trombone Choir is featured in this submitted photo. From left to right: Christopher Gable, composer; Trombone Choir members Jack Smukowski, Paul Nelson, Samuel Seidman, Ryan Christianson, Brady Zimmerman, Gabrielle Halliday-Helfrich, Nikolas Stokke and Zhangzejie Xu; and Director Joel Pugh.
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GRAND FORKS – The Grand Forks City Band will present the third concert in its summer series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 14, at Myra Museum gazebo on the grounds of the Grand Forks County Historical Society, 2405 Belmont Rd.

The concert, under the direction of Janelle Huber, is free. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating.

The program includes “Flourish for Wind Band,” by Ralph Vaughn Williams; “Emperata Overture,” by Claude T. Smith; “The Fairest of the Fair,” by John Philip Sousa; “Balladair,” by Frank Erickson; “Grease!” by Warren Casey and Jim Jacobs; “Colonel Bogey,” by Kenneth J. Alfred; “Loch Lomond,” by Frank Ticheli; “Themes from La Belle Helene,” by Jacques Offenbach; “Instant Concert,” by Harold Walters; and “Men of Ohio,” by Henry Fillmore.

Park District shows ‘The Goonies’ movie at University Park

The Grand Forks Park District is hosting another Movie in the Park event at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at University Park.

The free event is sponsored by the Ground Round restaurant.

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In this comedy film based on a story by Steven Spielberg, a group of young misfits, called “The Goonies,” in an attempt to save their homes from foreclosure, discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure. During their quest, the kids are chased by a family of criminals who want the treasure for themselves.

For more information, visit www.gfparks.org .

‘Concerts in the Garden’ to feature ‘The Cactus Blossoms’

The Summer Concerts in the Garden at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus will feature “The Cactus Blossoms" on Tuesday, July 19. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Opening band performs at 6 p.m., with the headliner at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $15 each. Children 12 years old and younger are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance at www.NDMOA.com .

Food, wine and beer are available for purchase.

The Cactus Blossoms, a Minneapolis-based duo, broke into the national scene in 2016 with a debut hit, “You’re Dreaming”. They’ve received rave reviews from the New York Times and National Public Radio, which praised “the brothers’ extraordinary singing.”

The duo was further celebrated when, in 2018, David Lynch tapped them to perform in the return of “Twin Peaks” and continued to build success with the LP, “Easy Way,” which prompted Rolling Stone to laud the due’s “rock-solid, freak of genetics harmonies.”

Parking at the museum is free from 4:30 p.m. to the end of the show.

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UND Trombone Octet to perform at International Trombone Festival

The UND Trombone Octet, a chamber ensemble, has been selected to perform a recital this week at the International Trombone Festival at the University of Central Arkansas.

The octet, with members from the 20-member UND Trombone Choir, will perform at the annual festival, which has not been held since the pandemic began in early 2020. The UND Trombone Choir, composed of UND students and alumni, is the only one of its kind in North Dakota.

“To say that this is quite an honor is an understatement, for the great majority of the other collegiate ensembles are from larger, more prestigious universities and no school from our region has ever been chosen for this international conference,” said Joel Pugh, UND teaching assistant professor of music who founded the UND Trombone Choir in 2010.

The octet will perform a composition commissioned by Christopher Gable, teaching assistant professor in the UND music department. The piece, titled “Alarum Within,” is based on Shakespeare’s “Macbeth."

Gable, who received a grant from the North Dakota Council on the Arts to write the piece for the Trombone Octet, said that “trombone choirs, as a general rule, do not have a large repertoire,” so he wanted to write a multi-part trombone piece “to help enlarge the catalog of new music for this unique ensemble.” His composition for six tenor and two bass trombones “speaks to the current unease in the internal life of many people, as well as to the general anxiety of American and world society,” he said.

Members of the UND Trombone Octet are: Paul Nelson, Gabrielle Halliday-Helfrich and Ryan Christianson, all UND alumni, and UND students Brady Zimmerman, Nikolas Stokke, Jack Smukowski, Samuel Seidman and Zhangzejie Xu.

The International Trombone Festival takes place every other year and alternatives between U.S. and international venues, Pugh said. Other locations have included the University of Iowa, Redlands University, Los Angeles, Eastman School of Music, and the Conservatoire a Rayonnement Regional in Paris.   

SPA opens season with ‘High School Musical on Stage!’

The Summer Performing Arts Company opens its 35th season Thursday, July 14 with Disney’s “High School Musical on Stage!” at the Red River High School Performance Hall, 2211 17th Ave. S.

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Performances begin at 7 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 14-16, and 4 p.m. Sunday, July 17.

The Grand Forks Public Schools’ SPA Company will also present “The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy” at 7 p.m. July 23, 25 and 26 and 4 p.m. July 24.

Tickets for reserved seating for both shows are: $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, and $10 for children and students. Reservations are recommended; call (701) 746-2411 or go online to www.spacompany.org/tickets .

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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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