Internationally-known guitarist to perform in concert Sunday at UND

Paul Galbraith plays a unique eight-string guitar, called a "Brahm's Guitar," because of its richness of sound and wide range

Paul Galbraith, with his revolutionary approach to guitar, will perform at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24 as part of the Myra Sunday Concerts in the Gallery series at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus. He will perform works by Mozart, Bach, Hindemith, Schumann, Granados and Albeniz.
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GRAND FORKS – Paul Galbraith, internationally known as one of the foremost guitarists of our time, will perform in the Myra Presents Sunday Concerts series at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 24, at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus.

Galbraith plays a unique eight-string guitar, which he developed in 1993 with legendary luthier, David Rubio. Rubio’s design, a departure from traditional forms, draws from an asymmetrical stringing system of the orpharion, a renaissance instrument in the lute family. His guitar is known as the “Brahms’ Guitar,” due to its richness of sound and wide range.

With his revolutionary approach to guitar, Galbraith is a frequent guest on National Public Radio’s “Performance Today,” and has been twice featured on “All Things Considered”. He was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for "Best Solo Instrumental Album" for his two-disc recording, “Complete Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas.”

Tickets are $35 for the general public, $30 for museum members, and $10 for UND students and military, with ID. Children 12 and younger and student orchestra members are admitted at no charge.

Tickets may be purchased through the Museum’s website, , or at the door beginning one hour before the concert starts.


UND Music Department presents ‘Honor Showcase Concert’

The UND Music Department will present the “Honor Showcase Concert” at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall. The free event will feature performances by selected students who displayed excellence in the past three student showcase concerts this semester, said Nariaki Sugiura, UND associate professor of piano.

During intermission, Dr. Jonathan Geiger and Donna Hastings will receive the Community Award for their support of UND music students, Sugiura said. They have hosted numerous house concerts for students and faculty members over the past nine years, and “they have helped us to create (our) supportive musical community and environment.”

The couple has established, through the UND Foundation, the Dr. Jonathan Geiger and Donna Hastings Scholarship Endowment for music students.

Performing at Saturday’s concert are: Maisy Lindseth, percussion; Alexandra Funk, flute; Eunsong Kim, piano; Jack Smukowski, trombone; Kylar Moltzan, voice; Itzel Orellana Sierra, cello; Ana Galdavadze, violin; Gina Tietz, flute; Giles Askim, tuba; and Jack Fangyuan Su, piano.

U of M Crookston to host ‘In the Spirit of Cinco De Mayo’ events

The University of Minnesota-Crookston is celebrating Mexican traditions and culture Friday, April 22, with events across campus. The family-friendly event, which is free and open to the public, is titled "In the Spirit of Cinco De Mayo." It includes song and dance performances, arts and crafts activities, and a meal served free of charge from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Brown Dining Room.

The Los Alegres Bailadores Dance Troupe will perform at 7 p.m. in the Kiehle Auditorium.

This event showcases “cultural diversity, along with historically accurate performances, through song and dance,” said Ken Mendez, event organizer.

Members of the Los Alegres Bailadores Dance Troupe will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, April 22 in the Kiehle Auditorium as part of the "In the Spirit of Cinco De Mayo" event at the University of Minnesota Crookston.


UND presents ‘Unrehearsed Shakespeare’ this week

The UND Theatre Arts Department will present plays, titled “Unrehearsed Shakespeare,” at 7:30 p.m. nightly Thursday-Saturday, April 21-23, in the Burtness Theatre. The show is described as “a-one-of-a-kind experience full of spontaneity and surprises,” in a news release.

UND students and faculty and members of the Grand Forks community will present three different, entirely fresh Shakespearean shows, said Brad Reissig, associate chair of the department.

“All’s Well That Ends Well,” on Thursday, explores the notion of love all, trust a few, and do wrong to none.

“Romeo and Juliet,” on Friday, tells the well-known tale of young love against all odds.

On Saturday, “Comedy of Errors” features the chaos that ensues when two sets of twins, unbeknownst to one another, end up on the same island.

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Tacy Crawford (front), Brigitte Froslee (left) and Rob Cooper are among the UND students presenting "Unrehearsed Shakespeare" at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday through Saturday, April 21-23 at the Burtness Theatre. A different Shakespearean play will be performed each night, in a show that's described as "a one-of-a-kind experience full of spontaneity and surprises."

Guest Director Bill Kinkaid, author of “Performing Shakespeare Unrehearsed,” says that, in this type of production, “actors are working together on a show for the very first time — live, in front of an audience. Each individual has had weeks to study their own lines, but doesn’t yet know what happens before or after they say them.

“We even take it a step further and keep the cast list secret until the show, so that Romeo doesn’t know who is playing Juliet until they meet onstage,” Kincaid said. “This leads to a performance that is full of surprises for the actors, as well as the audience.

Unrehearsed does not mean unprepared, however. The actors follow a very specific set of guidelines, based on the grammar and word choices of the playwright himself.


Tickets, $20 for general admission and $10 for students, are available online at or by calling (701) 777-2587.

Empire Arts Center to show final ‘Homegrown’ film

The last films in the “Homegrown Filmmakers Series” will be shown at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at the Empire Arts Center.

Films by Daniel Bielinski, of Canticle Productions, Bismarck, will be screened: “Heart Like a Wheel,” “To Be, or Not” and “Badlands Girl”.

Admission is $8.

David Kuznicki, video producer for UND’s aerospace program, will introduce the films and lead a Q&A session after the screening.

For more information, visit .

UND Wind Ensemble to present spring concert Tuesday at Fritz Auditorium

The UND Wind Ensemble will present a spring concert at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, at the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus.

The performance is free and open to all. It will also be livestreamed on the UND Music Department website, .

Featured artists will be UND music faculty members Joel Pugh, euphonium, and Scott Sandberg, alto saxophone. They will perform “A Carnival Day,” a duet concerto by Japanese composer Yasuhito Ito.

The Wind Ensemble, directed by James Popejoy, UND director of bands, will present the premiere performance of “Urgent Voices,” co-commissioned with Timothy Mahr. The program also includes “Fanfare Nueve,” by John Fannin; “Sevens,” by Samuel Hazo; and dance music from “West Side Story,” by Leonard Bernstein.

Juanita Caballero, a graduate student, will conduct ballet music from “March and Procession of Bacchus,” by Leo Delibes.

The Wind Ensemble Chamber Players will perform “An American Tapestry,” by Daniel Kallman.

For more information, call the UND bands office at (701) 777-2815.

Empire Theatre Company accepting video auditions

The Empire Theatre Company is accepting video auditions for “Hands On A Hard Body,” the show which opens the company’s 11th season in August.

The company is seeking to fill numerous roles in this ensemble of down-on-their-luck Texans, whose individual stories are revealed as they compete to win a brand new truck.

Deadline to submit an audition video, story monologue and resume is May 2. Send an email to . Submit videos that include the performer singing a verse and chorus of a contemporary folk, country or gospel song and giving a 30- to 60-second story monologue.

Casting will be announced by May 9. Rehearsals begin July 1. The production will be directed by Casey Paradies, with musical direction by Michelle Henning.

Ten shows will be staged from Aug. 10 to 21 at the Grand Forks Racetrack. Indoor space has been reserved in case of inclement weather.

UND Wind Ensemble selected to perform at Grainger Wind Band Festival

The UND Wind Ensemble recently presented a featured performance at the 2022 Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicago. The group was selected, through a juried process, to perform in Symphony Hall, home of the famed Chicago Symphony Orchestra, said James Popejoy, UND director of bands.

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Selected through a juried process, the UND Wind Ensemble performed recently at the 2022 Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival at Symphony Hall in Chicago.

The UND students also had the opportunity to work with Mallory Thompson, director of bands at Northwestern University.

“I am so very proud of the students,” Popejoy said. “It was such an honor to be selected to perform at this prestigious event. The Wind Ensemble took great pride in representing the University, as well as our region, with a performance worthy of this selection.”


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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