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Music, arts set to bring Scandinavian park to life this summer

June 7, 2012
CEECY NUCKER - Correspondent ( , Minot Daily News
The 2012 season of Arts in the Park has a few new wrinkles because of last summer’s flooding of Oak Park. The performances are continuing, but will take place in Scandinavian Heritage Park every Thursday at 7 p.m., and every Sunday at 4 and 7 p.m, with one exception as a special Minot City Band performance will be held at Polaris Park on June 24. The Minot Area Council of the Arts, which presents the annual celebration of both arts and concerts, has also arranged for an inflatable band shell to be used in Scandinavian Heritage Park. All of the events are free and open to the public, although a freewill offering will be accepted. It is recommended that you bring your own lawn chairs to ensure comfortable seating for the performances. In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be cancelled, although City Band performances might be rescheduled. The season runs through Aug. 9, concluding with the Treblemakers’ “At the Hop” show, Noteworthy is the Integrity Jazz Festival on June 23, which is also free this year thanks to sponsorships from local businesses. For more information, call the Minot Area Council of the Arts at 852-2787. The season opens Sunday with the City Band, under the baton of Jerry Spitzer. They will open with “God Save the Queen” in honor of Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee. “We’re closing with ‘Land of Hope and Glory,’ another British classic,” said Spitzer. In between, they will play a couple of marches, including “S.S. Eagle March” from the movie “Down to the Sea in Ships.” “Joe Alme will be guest conductor for this one,” Spitzer said. “And we’re doing ‘Tico Tico’ with Angie Orluck taking the trumpet solo. She’s just graduated from MSU this week and is student teaching now.” In keeping with the nautical theme, the band is also playing “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Emcee John Jermiason is a new arrival, taking the place of several interim announcers since the death of Hardy Lieberg. By joining the City Band, Jermiason is making it a family affair, as both his wife and sons are musicians in the group. The visual artist is Jacque Younger with items from Grandma Butterfly’s Treasurers and Quilts on display and for sale. As she has since the Queen’s Golden Jubilee 10 years ago, Sylvia Rau is heading up a group of “expats” or expatriates, as some British transplants to the U.S. refer to themselves, in preparing a plated afternoon tea for purchase as part of the 4 p.m. Sunday show only. “We’re actually beginning at 3:30,” Rau said, “to avoid interrupting the concert. And we have set a price of $5 for the food and a drink, just to cover expenses. Whatever is over, we give to the Council (of the Arts). “It’s all British ladies who make the cakes and so forth.”

Fact Box


The 2012 Integrity Jazz Festival will be held in Scandinavian Heritage Park on June 23. The event will be free in support of flood relief.

The day begins with a 5k run at 9 a.m. Entertainment will follow from 1 to 8 p.m. and will include musical performances and booths with prizes and wares by artisans. A jam session will follow the festival from 9 p.m. with 1 a.m. with the session location to be announced.

Festival entertainment includes local favorite Soulshine. They first appeared at the festival in 2009 and their eclectic mix of blues, pop and jazz was a crowd pleaser, according to organizers. The Chris Hanson Jazz Quartet of Fargo will also perform. Hanson has strong roots in Minot and is excited to bring his group to the event. A youth spotlight performance will feature several talented student award winners.

Capping off the day, vocalist Amanda Carr joins with Everett Longstreth's Big Band to perform some of America's most cherished music in "A Tribute to Benny Goodman and (North Dakota's own) Peggy Lee." This tribute show has received rave reviews across the country.

Everett Longstreth began his musical career with his father's orchestra touring "the ballroom circuit" in the South and Midwest. He later appeared with Woody Herman, Jimmy Dorsey, Nelson Riddle and Harry James. Since the formation of his own orchestra and the creation of "A Tribute to Benny Goodman," he is booked regularly across the nation. His original arrangements have been published in Down Beat Magazine and he has authored textbooks on orchestral arranging.

Amanda Carr comes from a rich jazz heritage. Her grandmother played stride piano for Vaudeville acts in the 1920s. She is the daughter of Nick Capezuto, trumpeter for Glenn Miller, Larry Clinton and Woody Herman, and big band vocalist Nancy Carr. Amanda established her own name as an international jazz artist at the EuroJazz Festival in Italy. Nominated for the 2010 Jazz Music Artist of the year in Boston, Carr has also earned an Emmy nomination for her own compositions for a pair of PBS documentaries.

- Daily News Staff



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