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"Trombones of Bemidji" to hold free April 14 concert

BEMIDJI, Minn. (April 7, 2010) — Trombones of Bemidji, an ensemble made up of musicians from Bemidji State University and from Bemidji and other surrounding communities, will hold a free concert Wednesday, April 14, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will be held in the Thompson Recital Hall of the Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex on the Bemidji State campus.

The concert will feature a group of 12 trombones, including several current Bemidji State students. BSU students in the choir are Matt Custer, a senior in music and liberal arts from Grand Rapids, Minn.; Ben Fleming, a junior in music/teacher certification and music/liberal arts from Edina, Minn.; Hyram Price, a graduate student in education from Bemidji; and Steven Radley, a sophomore in music/liberal arts from Luverne, Minn.

Other members of the choir are Jeff Johnson, Alyssa Konecne, Paul Mork, Tom Patnaude, Glenn Seibel, Melissa Stover, Nancy Sydow and Les Torgerson.

The concert will feature a variety of music for large trombone ensemble, as well as two soloists, Nancy Sydow and Tom Patnaude. Both soloists are former Bemidji State students. Sydow will be the featured soloist in a transcription of the famous Puccini aria, “Nessun Dorma,” from the opera Turandot. Patnaude will play his arrangement of the Arthur Pryor favorite, “The Whistler and His Dog.”

Trombones of Bemidji is sponsored by the Department of Music at Bemidji State University and is conducted by Tom Swanson, adjunct professor of music.

For more information, please call the Department of Music at (218) 755-2915.

April 14
– 7:30 p.m. – Trombones of Bemidji concert. Location: Thompson Recital Hall, Bangsberg Fine Arts Complex, Bemidji State campus. Admission: free. Information: (218) 755-2915.

About Bemidji State University Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a wooded campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling more than 5,000 students, the University offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. The University is a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system and has a faculty and staff of more than 550. University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global and multi-cultural understanding. For further information about the University, visit Become a fan of Bemidji State University on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.