The Minot State University Division of Music presents a concert featuring the MSU Concert Choir, MSU Women's Chorus and the MSU Singers today at 7:30 p.m.
The concert will take place in the Ann Nicole Nelson Concert Hall on the MSU campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature the three choirs conducted by MSU faculty members Kenneth Bowles, Cherie Collins and Rebecca Petrik, respectively.
This choral performance is part of the ongoing concert offerings at MSU's Division of Music. Participants of the ensembles are auditioned from all walks of campus life. All MSU students have the opportunity each semester to perform with one of the Division's twelve large or small ensembles. This marks the first concert of the 2011-12 concert season.
The evening will feature a wide variety of selections. The Concert Choir will feature Bach's Motet VIII which will feature a quartet of solo voices and string accompaniment.
Also featured will be works of William Byrd, Halsey Steven, Maurice Durufle and others. The Women's Chorus will present an historic setting of Amen by Giovanni Pergolesi along with several contemporary compositions by American composers and arrangers. The MSU Singers offer a lighter fare featuring "New York, New York" and "Even More Blues."
Doors will open at 7 p.m. For more information, call the MSU Division of Music at 858-3185.
Governor's band applications sought
School, community and church bands, orchestras and choirs across the state have until Nov. 14 to submit an application to serve as the 2011-12 Governor's Official State Band / Orchestra and Chorus.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple and first lady Betsy Dalrymple will select the Governor's Band / Orchestra and Chorus from the applications received based on musical talent, achievement and community involvement. The band / orchestra and chorus may be invited by the Governor to perform at official state functions held throughout the year.
Interested groups should submit a letter of application, references and a musical recording to the Office of the Governor by Nov. 14.
Send materials to: Office of the Governor, Attn: Jody Link, State Capitol, 600 East Boulevard Avenue, Bismarck, ND 58505.
Legendary fur trader featured in N.D. History
BISMARCK - The latest edition of North Dakota History focuses on one of the most important fur traders on the Northern Plains: James Kipp.
A prominent member of two 19th Century fur trading companies, Kipp's story has not been fully explored until this issue of North Dakota History, written by W. Raymond Wood, who has spent his professional life studying the archaeology and history of the central and northern Plains.
A brief accompanying article, "From the Sites: Fort Clark State Historic Site" details the Mandan, and later Arikara, village Mih-tutta-hang-kusch and neighboring trading posts Fort Clark and Primeau's Post.
Kipp's trading career on the Missouri River spans almost the entire history of the trade from 1822 to 1859. Wood's article discusses the long life of the Canadian-born carpenter, trader, and businessman. He is credited with designing or building most of the American Fur Company's trading posts, including Fort Clark, Fort Union, and Fort Berthold in today's North Dakota.
North Dakota History is the quarterly journal published since 1926 by the state's history agency, the State Historical Society of North Dakota.