Second 'backyard concert' to feature European folk music

Program will include polkas, tarantellas, stamping dances and "oom-pah-pah" tunes, director says

Musicians gave free, informal concerts in backyards around the Grand Cities in summer 2020. Here is a string quartet performing in June 2020 on the back deck at Betty Bloomquist's home in Grand Forks. The musicians are Marcelo Rebuffi from left, Tamara Bertram, Alexandra Lieb and Cassandra Fincher. They started a trend, which continued into July '20. Pamela Knudson / Grand Forks Herald

An evening of European folk music is planned for a backyard concert that begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8, at the Srivastava family’s home at 6515 Lake Drive in Grand Forks.

Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Guests are asked to bring their own lawn chairs.

The audience can expect to hear “polkas, oom-pah-pah music, stamping dances, tarantellas and everything in between, from all European countries,” said Tamara Bertram, music teacher and executive director of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra.

Musicians who will be performing the program are Vedant Srivastava, guitar, and Surya Srivastava, viola. Vedant and Surya, who attend Schroeder Middle School and Lake Agassiz Elementary School, respectively, are Bertram’s students. They are the sons of Manu Srivastava and Radha Panini, who are hosting the concert.

This is the second backyard concert of the summer. It is intended to allow people to gather in a safe outdoor space, reconnect with others, and enjoy music.


The concert features local musicians, especially area students who are studying with Bertram.

For more information, contact Bertram at (701) 620-9043.

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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