Upcoming arts and entertainment activities around the Grand Forks region you should check out this week

A round up of arts and entertainment news in the region

Members of the Trio con Brio Copenhagen are (from left) Soo-Kyung Hong, cello; Jens Elvekjaer, piano; and Soo-Jin Hong, violin. The group "clearly occupies a lofty perch in today's music scene," according to a Washington Post review of a Kennedy Center performance.
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North Dakota Museum of Art resumes chamber music series

GRAND FORKS — The “Trio con Brio Copenhagen,” an ensemble of Danish and Korean musicians, will perform in concert as the North Dakota Museum of Art resumes its series “Myra Presents Sunday Concerts in the Galleries” after a two-year hiatus. This will be the first major indoor public event since the beginning of the pandemic there.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27. Seating is limited; masks are required. The museum is at 261 Centennial Drive at UND.

The internationally acclaimed chamber ensemble will perform music by Haydn and Tchaikovsky. A reception follows the performance.

Based in Denmark, the group, which has won nearly every major competition for piano trio, tours extensively worldwide, including performances at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for museum members, and $10 for students. Admission is free for children 12 and younger and youth orchestra members. Tickets are available through the Museum website, , or at the door beginning at 1 p.m. Group rates are available.

For more information, call (701) 777-4195 or email .

Also, on Monday, Feb. 28, the trio plans to visit an orchestra class at Grand Forks Central High School, perform for middle and high school students in Crookston, and conduct a master class for members of the Northern Valley Youth Orchestra — activities provided without charge by the North Dakota Museum of Art.

Empire Arts Center to present Bogart film series

The Empire Arts Center is hosting a classic film series showcasing iconic movies that feature Humphrey Bogart in starring roles. All shows begin at 2 p.m. Sundays.

The series starts Feb. 27 with “Casablanca,” in which Bogart co-stars with Ingrid Bergman. Other films are: “The Big Sleep,” on March 6; “Key Largo,” March 13; and “The African Queen,” March 20.

Movie-goers will learn more about Bogart and the films — as well as the times when they were made — from Katherine Erickson, a long-time Bogart fan, who will introduce each film and, after the showing, lead audience discussion. “Casablanca,” for example, is set in December 1941 but was released in January 1943, earlier than anticipated as “kind of propaganda,” because the government wanted to stir patriotism and support for U.S. involvement in World War II, she said.

As an actor, Bogart achieved success because of his versatility, said Erickson, a dedicated cinephile who lives in Warren, Minnesota.

“He can play so many different types of characters,” she said. “There’s always that little bit of Humphrey Bogart in every role that he plays. … But he can play the good guy, the bad guy, the romantic interest — he has a wide range of character availability.”


“He does not show a lot in his face usually,” Erickson said. Much of his persona “is so deadpan — it just kind of sneaks up on you.”

Tickets are $8 per person or $25 for a series ticket. The Empire address is 415 DeMers Ave.

ArtWise show closing event

ArtWise is hosting a show closing event from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26 at its gallery in the Columbia Mall center court. The show, titled “New Work – Unless It Isn’t,” is an exhibit of art by Matt Anderson, Pirjo Berg and Tait Simonson.

The closing event will feature a conversation with the artists, starting at 2:30 p.m., led by Nicole Derenne, a UND art historian.

Concerts planned to celebrate ‘Music In Our Schools Month’

Several Grand Forks public schools will present concerts next week to celebrate and recognize music education during March, which is “Music In Our Schools Month.”

The public is welcome to attend these concerts, which begin at 7 p.m.: Red River High School Band, South Middle School 7th and 8th Grade Choir, and Valley Middle School Choir — all on Tuesday, March 1; and Grand Forks Central High School Band on Thursday, March 3.

Arts Council accepting applications for Legacy and Project grants

Applications for the Arts Legacy and Arts Project grants, to be awarded by the Northwest Minnesota Arts Council, are due Tuesday, March 1.

Grants are awarded to nonprofit arts organizations, communities, schools, individuals and other nonprofit organizations.


Applications are being accepted from the council’s service area: Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau counties.

Arts Legacy Grants, for up to $10,000, are used to fund artistic activities in this service area. The activities could include arts projects and equipment, general support, and public art projects and events.

Arts Project Grants are used primarily for small-budget projects and sponsorship of performances by touring companies and artists. These grants may total up to $3,000, with a required match.

Both of these grant opportunities help to fund activities such as festivals, community theater projects, folk music entertainment, sponsorship of visual demonstrations, creative writing workshops and many others for the benefit of people who live in the region.

For more information, visit the council’s website, , or call (218) 745-8886.

“Nights like this are when you kind of feel just how special our fan base really is,’’ O’Connell said before the practice.

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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