October 10, 2008

Monster Concert to Be Held Oct. 19

The next HD Live Metropolitan Opera performance - Strauss's "Salome" - will be available for viewing at noon Saturday at the Grand Theatres in Bismarck.

Karita Mattila sang the role of Salome at the Met for the first time in 2004 and, in this performance, reprises her interpretation of the part, including the "Dance of the Seven Veils."

With conductor Patrick Summers and production by Jurgen Flimm, performers include Mattila, Ildiko Komlsi, Juha Uusitalo, Kim Begley and Joseph Kaiser.

The cost is $23. For those unable to attend the Saturday live transmission, the Grand will offer an encore recording of the opera at 7 p.m. Oct. 22.

The 39th Annual Flickertail Woodcarving Show is Saturday and Sunday. Guest artist is Rosalyn Daisey, who will give bird carving classes before and after the show. During the show, there will be chainsaw carving demonstrations and a class for youth.

The chainsaw demonstrations are from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday and 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The youth class is for children 9 years old and older. It is 9 to 11:15 a.m. Sunday. The show hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.flickertail.org.

Five grand pianos and more than nearly 120 players will fill the stage at 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at Belle Mehus for the 10th annual Monster Concert, a scholarship fundraising event sponsored by the Bismarck- Mandan Music Teachers Association.

Students of all ability levels, their private teachers and others will perform 17 selections with two players on each keyboard. The concert contains a variety of musical styles and features a commissioned work titled "Soaring" by Mary Leaf Schneider, a published composer and local piano instructor.

The Bismarck-Mandan Orchestral Association is assisting with the concert and symphony conductor, Beverly Everett, will direct the piano ensembles on stage.

Admission is $10 adults, $5 students, $30 family, and pre-school children free. Advance tickets can be purchased at Jacobson Music, Eckroth Music, Bismarck State College Bookstore or by credit card from the Bismarck-Mandan Symphony office.

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