The spring concert for the Duluth Superior Symphony’s youth orchestras — the Youth Symphony, the Concert Orchestra, the Sinfonia and the Percussion Ensemble — is 3 p.m. Sunday at Marshall School. They will perform classical and pop music.
Like what you hear? The youth orchestras are holding auditions at the College of St. Scholastica, Room 3625, in Tower Hall for the 2013-14 season:
- 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday: Woodwinds, brass and percussion
- 5-9 p.m. Monday: Strings
E-mail Kevin Hoeschen with your instrument, phone number, e-mail address and grade level for the fall. Indicate your top two preferences for an audition time. Auditions are eight minutes. Musicians should prepare a solo of up to five minutes that demonstrate playing ability. You’ll be asked to do some sight reading.
Go to dsso.com for more.
Hey ladies, how about going to your closets and picking out your coolest outfit. You know the one. Now put it on. Then get that camera. Upload a photo of yourself rocking your look by May 27.
No, it’s not anything kinky.
It’s a contest that Duluth-based Maurices is holding that will send the winner to the 2013 CMT Music Awards on June 5 in Nashville.
Maurices women’s clothing chain — the official digital retail sponsor for the awards — is calling it the “Style that Rocks Casting Call.”
The winner, along with a friend, will go to the awards show with their airfare, hotel and VIP transportation paid for, a $300 Maurices shopping spree and a professional hair and makeup session.
Bill and Kate Isles talk with Jay Leno on stage in Burbank, Calif., on April 23, 2013. (Photo courtesy of Bill Isles)
Duluth musicians Bill and Kate Isles shared “The Tonight Show” stage with host Jay Leno on April 23 in Burbank while in California for an unrelated performance.
The Isleses got tickets to the show’s taping from a friend of a friend and were picked out of the audience by Leno to visit with him where he does his monologues. Bill Isles said Leno, who has performed stand-up comedy in Duluth, spoke highly of the city, which got a nice pop from the crowd.
After the interview, Leno said: “Hey, sit in the guest spots, and we’ll pose (for a photo) there. You can put it on Facebook,” Bill Isles wrote on his Facebook page.
So they did.
Have you ever wondered how the keys on an organ keyboard make sound come out of the giant pipes? Have you ever wanted to try playing music with your hands and your feet at the same time? Or change the sound to a trumpet, a flute or a whole orchestra by pulling or pushing levers?
If you’re a student in grades three through 12, you can do it on Saturday in Duluth — plus have a pizza lunch, at no cost.
The Arrowhead Chapter of the American Guild of Organists is hosting Pedals, Pipes and Pizza starting at 9 a.m. at Elim Lutheran Church, 6101 Cody St. Bus transportation will be provided to the sites of two other organs.
The preregistration deadline is today. Call Carol Donahue at (218) 879-3456 or go to arrowheadago.org.
Electric Fetus is again part of Record Store Day, the national event celebrating indie record shops.
The Duluth store, 12 E. Superior St., will have exclusive releases, giveaways, goodie bags and food. There will be in-store performances starting at noon today that include De Se, People Say Fox, Lion or Gazelle, Suzy Q & MC1980, Steve Sola and Breanne Marie.
“American Buffalo Vol. 2” also will be available. The compilation by Noiseland Industries includes music by Minnesota musicians such as Haley Bonar, The Murder of Crows and The Pines and will be available with a $50 purchase, while available.
In-store event runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Vinyl Cave, 1717 Belknap St., Superior also is participating.
If you have a turntable and are a collector of the black, round version of polychlorinated biphenyl, the Duluth Public Library has something for you: records.
They still have lots of 33s and 78s leftover from last year’s book sale including classical, pop, world music and other genres.
You can pick the records up today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the main downtown library, 520 W. Superior St.
They are free to a good home, but the library wouldn’t mind a free-will offering.
It’s not a Kickstarter campaign, but it is a fundraiser with legs. The Northland Youth Music Program is hosting a swing-dancing event to raise money for summer music education program. The event includes live music, snacks, a silent auction, door prizes, a cash bar and, of course, dancing.
The fundraiser is at 7 p.m. today at the Belgian Club, 3931 E. Second St., Superior. Tickets are $15 or $25 per couple. Students get a $5 discount with ID.
So much for being quiet in the library: A former poet laureate is going to make some music in a library now that she’s done poet laureating.
Friends of the Two Harbors Public Library are hosting a “Love Your Library” after-hours event that will include a joint performance by former Duluth Poet Laureate Sheila Packa and cellist Kathy McTavish.
The event is at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Two Harbors Public Library and is a benefit to raise money to buy new library furniture.
The Duluth East High School jazz band performs “Tank” from “Cowboy Bebop.” (Screenshot from National Educational Music Company)
They should win for those hats alone, but Eh? thinks the playing is pretty darn good, too.
Duluth East High School jazz band students created a performance video for the National Educational Music Co. “Music is Life” video performance contest.
The band is competing against groups throughout the U.S., and Duluth East is the only Minnesota group. The winner is selected by voters through Feb. 15. The group with the most votes gets a $10,000 music package and $1,000 for the school music program.
You can vote for the East jazz band video; it’s the third one down and it shows them playing the song “Tank” from “Cowboy Bebop.”
There’s a place where “Jingle Bells” and “Joy to the World” are performed with a twang. The country music Christmas show at Solway Town Hall is set for Saturday.
Santa-style stocking caps or cowboy hats are optional for the show, which starts at 6 and ends about 9 p.m. The free show is preceded by dinner at 5 p.m.
Shows are held at the hall, located at the corner of Munger Road and Highway 2, during the second Saturday of each month. ’Tis the season to give, so donations are encouraged and appreciated.