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Marilyn Hagerty: Composer Matthew Peterson returns to Grand Forks

Matthew Peterson is a hometown boy who became a composer and lives in Stockholm, Sweden. There he also teaches music theory and composition to high school and pre-college students.

He's back in Grand Forks this week. And he will be at the Empire Arts Center Saturday evening. There, the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra will hold a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.

It will feature the U.S. premiere of Peterson's "Hyperborea," which won the 2014 ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Award for best orchestral score.

The concert also will feature Alejandro Drago, violin soloist.

Peterson, who loves the out-of-doors, was hoping to get in some fishing with family out at Devils Lake and maybe even manage a bit of coyote hunting during his homecoming visit.

He says "Hyperborea" is inspired by the ancient Greek myth of a beautiful paradise in the far North beyond the reach of borea, the cold north wind. The concert Saturday evening features works written in Sweden, Finland and Norway. Hence the concert title of "Nordic Romance."

Peterson played in the Grand Forks Symphony from 1999 to 2002. His sister, Megan Peterson, plays violin in the Symphony. She was with the St. Olaf Orchestra when it played "Hyperborea" eight times during a 2011 tour.

The weekend arrives with February bowing out in a blaze of music and hockey. Violins will play and pucks will fly. The women's hockey team at UND will host Ohio State in the first round afternoon games for Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoffs ... The Frozen Faceoff Championship trophy will be on display at the Ralph during UND hockey games with St. Cloud University ... And Grand Forks is hosting the Mites Hockey tournament ... While the UND men's hoops team plays Southern Utah here at the Betty Saturday afternoon.

To get things started, the UND Boosters are holding a luncheon in Ballroom 4 of the Alerus Center today ... UND Theatre's "The Glory of Living" continues tonight and Saturday at the Burtness Theatre ... The Chester Fritz is featuring the "Lightning Thief" Saturday afternoon and Church Basement Ladies Sunday afternoon ... Rounding out the weekend, the Grand Forks Historical Society presents an Entertaining History talk Sunday afternoon in the Myra Museum that features retired Herald publisher Mike Jacobs with "Thomas Say: Bugman and Dreamer."

Louise and John

Louise Anvarinia was nominated as most cheerful on a petition signed by several stalwart citizens including Pete Kuhn, Steven Swanson, Julianne Pedersen, Diane Swanson and Nancy Parr. Also by Bev Bredemeier, who claims she herself is also is a very cheerful person.

Along with Louise, John Marshall easily topped the field of candidates as this week's choice as a Cheerful Person of the Week.