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Museum concert series features international award-winning musicians

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Yi Qun Xu (left) and Yoon Lee will perform in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus.
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GRAND FORKS – Cellist Yi Qun Xu and pianist Yoon Lee will perform a concert of chamber music beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the North Dakota Museum of Art on the UND campus.

The concert, second in a series of classical music concerts sponsored by the Myra Foundation, will include works by Beethoven, Janacek and Prokofiev.

Xu, recipient of the 2022 Presser Music Award, received first prize in the 2021 New York International Artists Cello Competition, among other top prizes in Chinese national cello competitions. She is a faculty member at The Juilliard School in New York City.

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Cellist Yi Qun Xu, a native of China, is the recipient of the 2022 Presser Music Award and first-prize winner of the 2021 New York International Artists Cello Competition.
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Lee, the Special Prize winner of the Anton G. Rubenstein International Piano Competition, is a soloist, chamber musician and faculty member at SUNY Purchase and the Heifetz International Music Institute, and a staff pianist for The Juilliard School. She has performed on the stages of Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.

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Yoon Lee, the Special Prize winner of the Anton G. Rubenstein International Piano Competition, is a staff pianist for The Juilliard School and a soloist, chamber musician and active teacher in the New York metropolitan area.
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For ticket information, visit www.ndmoa.com . Tickets range from $10 to $35. Students 12 and younger and K-12 teachers are admitted free.

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The museum is located at 261 Centennial Drive. Parking is free on weekends.

The musicians will also conduct master classes for UND music students and visit a local elementary school on Monday, Nov. 14.

For more information, email chambermusic@ndmoa.com or call (701) 777-4195.

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Various dances will be taught during the "Harvest Dance," sponsored by the North Country Fiddle and Dance group, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the East Grand Forks Senior Center.
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North Country Fiddle group to host ‘Harvest Dance’

The North Country Fiddle and Dance group is hosting a “Harvest Dance” from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at the East Grand Forks Senior Center, 538 Rhinehard Dr.

All ages – including singles, couples and families – are invited. Donations will be accepted at the door.

Various dances, such as reels, squares, circle mixers and more, will be taught and are easy to learn, said Jeanne O’Neil, who’ll be performing live music with the O’Neil Family Band.

For more information, visit www.northcountrydance.org .

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Guests of all ages are invited to the "Harvest Dance," sponsored by the North Country Fiddle and Dance group, on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the East Grand Forks Senior Center.
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Northern Valley Youth Orchestras to present concert Sunday

The Northern Valley Youth Orchestras will present a variety of music in concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Empire Arts Center.

The two student orchestras will perform works that highlight various instruments and other elements of symphonic music. The Philharmonic Orchestra is led by Kara Hartten and assistant Katie Svendson, and the Symphony Orchestra by Kevin Sutterlin, with assistance from Sarah Harlow.

“This is our first concert in our ‘home’ building since March 2020,” said Naomi Welsh, NVYO executive director.

The program will include Stella Sung’s “Rockwell Reflections,” each movement of which is inspired by a Norman Rockwell painting; “American Landscape,” by Soon Hee Newbold; segments of Igor Stravinsky’s 1919 “Firebird Ballet Suite”; arrangements of Grieg’s “Peer Gynt Suite”; and Strauss’ famous “Radetsky March”.

NVYO’s Crescendo Chamber Music ensembles will perform before the concert.

A reception will follow the concert.

Tickets will be sold at the door, at a minimum suggested general admission of $5, or attendees may contribute what they can, Welsh said.

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Piper Sommer (center) plays the role of Sue Snell, along with Stevee Wittlieb (left), as Carrie White, and Tyler Hebert, as Tommy Ross, in UND's production of "Carrie: The Musical".
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UND Theatre presents ‘Carrie: The Musical’

The UND Department of Theatre Arts opens the 2022-23 season with “Carrie: The Musical” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 10-12, at the Burtness Theatre. Performances will continue nightly Nov. 17-19.

The play is based on the popular cult classic 1976 horror film. The story is told from the perspective of a fellow high school student who witnesses Carrie’s iconic prom night massacre, said Brad Reissig, associate chair of theatre arts. As she describes the moments leading up to the final destructive episode, students appear as if they are memories.

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Nicole Quam (left) and Stevee Wittlieb star in the mother and daughter roles of Margaret and Carrie White in "Carrie: The Musical," which runs Nov. 10-12 and 17-19 at UND's Burtness Theatre.
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Horror fans take note, the performance “is a wild, rock ‘n’ roll ride of good versus evil, and devastatingly gory revenge,” Reissig said.

Tickets are $25 for adults and $10 for students, seniors or adult military with ID. Student military with ID are admitted at no charge. To purchase online, visit https://burtness.und.edu or call (701) 777-2587.

‘Women Who Explore’ plans hike at Turtle River State Park

The North Dakota chapter of Women Who Explore, or WWE, will sponsor a free three-hour hike through Turtle River State Park beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12.

Participants are invited to meet in the parking lot at the park, which is located near Arvilla, North Dakota, about 20 miles west of Grand Forks on Highway 2. A North Dakota state park permit is required. Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-who-explore-north-dakota-veterans-day-hike-tickets-409524738517?aff=erelexpmlt to reserve a spot.

The route of the hike, suitable for all levels of hikers, will follow a well-connected trail system. Participants should sign an e-waiver before attending their first Women Who Explore event. The form is available at https://forms.gle/HwwDkNxiDzak15vW7 .

All registered hikers are required to carry a personal hygiene kit, including a mask or face-covering and hand sanitizer. They may also bring water, snacks and sunscreen or bug spray.

The WWE ambassadors are not wilderness first-aid certified. This is a casual get-together for outdoor enthusiasts, organizers say.

More information on the trail is available at https://www.parkrec.nd.gov/turtle-river-state-park .

For more information, contact the WWE North Dakota ambassador Michelle de Leon at hello@ResiliOak.com .

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