Gear up for the holidays with concerts and arts activities

It's that time of year, and there are plenty of holiday-related events happening in Greater Grand Forks.

The Grand Forks Master Chorale, under the direction of Dean Jilek, presents its first concert of the 2022-23 season, "They are at Rest," on Thursday, Nov. 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church.
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A number of holiday-related events are coming to Grand Forks in the next few weeks. Here's a look at a few of them.

Master Chorale to perform at Sacred Heart Church

GRAND FORKS – Members of the Grand Forks Master Chorale will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 17, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 200 Third St. S.W., East Grand Forks.

The concert, titled “They are at Rest,” will feature Tarik O’Regan’s “Triptych,” Bach’s “Komm, Jesu, Komm,” and Pablo Casal’s “O Vos Omnes.” Also on the program: Swedish folk music by Cyrillus Kreek, American gospel music by William Dawson and “crunchy choral polyphony” by Henryk Mikolaj Gorecki.

The performance, under the direction of Dean Jilek, will feature 30 singers, eight string musicians, and pianist Emily Berg.

“We hope to help our audience find peace and healing through spirituality and music with this concert,” said Mathew Cherian, executive director of the Grand Forks Chorales.


Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and $5 for students with a valid ID. They may be purchased in advance at Also, check the Master Chorale’s Facebook page for ticket giveaways, Cherian said. 

For more information, contact him at .

Museum of Art to host ‘Family Day’ on Saturday

The North Dakota Museum of Art will host “Family Day at the Museum” from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 19. It is free and open to the public.

Participants are invited to stop by for “two hours of art-making fun” at the “Turkey Day”-themed event and make art projects with friends and family members.

No registration is required. Parking is free.

Volunteers are needed to help make art from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., said Matthew Anderson, the Museum’s director of education. If you can help out, call him at (701) 777-4195 or send an email to .

For years, the City Band has entertained audiences with summertime concerts at the gazebo on the grounds of the Grand Forks County Historical Society.

City Band presents fall concert Monday

The City Band will present its fall concert at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at Red River High School’s Performance Hall. Admission is free.


Under the direction of Janelle Huber, the Band will perform “Light Cavalry Overture,” by Franz von Suppe; “Inglesina,” by Davide Delle Cese; “First Suite in E Flat,” by Gustav Holst; “My Fair Lady,” by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe; “Selections from Princess Mononoke,” by Jim Hisaishi; “A Salute to Spike Jones,” arranged by Calvin Custer; and “Onward-Upward March,” by Edwin Franko Goldman.

Band members have been rehearsing these compositions since September “and are really excited to share them with the community,” Huber said.

Empire presents ‘The Holiday Show’

For the second year in a row, the Empire Arts Center is hosting “The Holiday Show: Home for the Holidays” on Nov. 25-27. A different group of area singers will be featured in each performance.

“The Holiday Show” is patterned after “the warm and charming ‘60s and ‘70s TV shows” that showcased celebrities like Andy Williams, Bing Crosby and, later, The Osmonds and other popular singers, said Kathy Coudle-King, the Empire’s managing artistic director.

The 7 p.m. show on Nov. 25 show will spotlight members of Ryan King’s vocal studio. On Nov. 26, at 2 p.m., a children’s chorus from Minto, North Dakota, will perform, directed by Misti Koop, and the 7 p.m. show features members of Callie Stadem’s vocal studio.

At 2 p.m. Nov. 27, the Century Choir from Grafton, North Dakota, will perform under the direction of Chris Loeffler.

Coudle-King, playwright and director, has written some comic bits to weave the show together, she said, “but it’s really all about these phenomenal singers and musicians singing holiday classics, as well as a few surprises.”

Misti Koop will serve as emcee for "The Holiday Show: Home for the Holidays," modeled after the warm and charming TV shows that were hosted by celebrities such as Bing Crosby and Andy Williams in the 1960s and '70s. The Holiday Show will be presented Nov. 25-27, 2022, at the Empire Arts Center.

Koop, who will emcee all performances, is welcoming an elite group of locally-grown talent who have moved away to pursue the performing arts – Therese Kulas, Matthew Lorenz, Casey Hennessy and Seth Brandl, Coudle-King said.


Taking the stage right after Thanksgiving, The Holiday Show is launching holiday festivities, she said. And the performance “is perfect for all ages.”

Tickets are $26.25 for general admission; $24.25 for students and seniors; and $20.25 for ages 12 and younger. Purchase tickets at or call (701) 746-5500. Ticket-holders will have assigned seating; reservations are strongly encouraged, Coudle-King said.

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 or (701) 780-1107.
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