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Mannheim Steamroller performs Tuesday in the Fritz

Mannheim Steamroller brings its electrified musical talents to the stage Tuesday in the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus. The show will feature classic Christmas hits presented with dazzling multimedia effects. The orchestra is headed b...

Mannheim Steamroller brings its electrified musical talents to the stage Tuesday in the Chester Fritz Auditorium on the UND campus.

The show will feature classic Christmas hits presented with dazzling multimedia effects.

The orchestra is headed by Chip Davis, a Midwestern musician who first achieved success as the co-writer of the 1975 pop hit, "Convoy."

As a composer for Mannheim Steamroller, he went on to become a pioneer of neo-classical electronic music, emerging as one of the driving forces behind the New Age phenomenon. He dubbed his music "18th century classical rock"-classical music performed on electric bass and synthesizers.

Curtain goes up at 7:30 p.m.

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Purchase tickets, $50 or $60, at the Fritz Auditorium box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com , or call (800) 375-4068.

Met Opera auditions set for Saturday at UND

The public is invited to come and listen as aspiring singers compete in district Metropolitan Opera auditions Saturday in the UND Fine Arts Center.

The audition concert for the North Dakota-Manitoba District begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed that afternoon by an awards ceremony and a public master class.

The competition is open to aspiring opera singers between the ages of 20 and 30. Singers come from the Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Manitoba but also have traveled to Grand Forks from as far away as Texas and New York.

Winners advance to the Upper Midwest Regional Finals in February in St. Paul.

The free event is held in the Josephine Campbell Recital Hall.

River Walk Artists celebrate fifth anniversary

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Enjoy musical entertainment and refreshments at the River Walk Artists Fifth Anniversary Celebration on Saturday in the Riverwalk Centre Mall in East Grand Forks.

The event is set to run from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Riverwalk Artists Shop and Gallery at 211 DeMers Ave.

The gallery provides artists with a permanent space to exhibit and sell their artwork and seeks to increase awareness and appreciation of the visual arts throughout the Red River Valley.

The gallery's regular hours are from 2 to 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday and 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, go to www.riverwalkartists.weebly.com .

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 pknudson@gfherald.com or (701) 780-1107.
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