Our Partner arts organizations have a busy weekend ahead filled with music, ballet and theatre for you to enjoy! Because there are so many performances happening in the next few days, we put together a guide for you below. Three of the four performances featured in this blog take place this weekend only, so get out your calendar and plan accordingly because you won’t want to miss any of these incredible productions!
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25
Where: Theatre B (215 10th St. N. in Moorhead)
Tickets: $12-25 at www.theatreb.org or 701-729-8880
Diapers. Laundry. Sleep deprivation. Daily tedium and moments of bliss. Months of isolation and instant bonds. If you’re a parent, you know all of this too well — and it’s what Theatre B explores in “Cry It Out” by Molly Smith Metzler. Directed by Theatre B’s own “company mom” Carrie Wintersteen, this fresh and funny play gives an insightful look at the extremes and absurdities of modern day parenting through the lives of three new moms. While they bond with their new babies, these moms from different backgrounds also bond with one another over the joys and challenges of motherhood.
Performances take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday April 25 – May 18 and at 2 p.m. Sunday May 5 and 12.
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 and 4 p.m. Saturday, April 27
Where: Bethel Free Church (2702 30th Ave. S. in Fargo) on Friday and Trinity Lutheran Church (210 7th St. S. in Moorhead) on Saturday
Tickets: $10-15 at www.greatplainsharmony.org or at the door
Founded in 1950, Great Plains Harmony is a chorus of fifty men who perform a variety of music from barbershop to vocal jazz to gospel to choral arrangements. “Men Singing Gospel” is the group’s annual gospel concert to sing and celebrate songs inspired by sacred texts.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 (with a documentary screening Friday, April 26 at the Fargo Theatre)
Where: MSUM Hansen Theatre in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts
Tickets: $12-30 at www.mnstate.edu/perform
“Titicut Follies: The Ballet” is the stunning product of a partnership between dancer and choreographer James Sewell and famed documentarian Frederick Wiseman, who won an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in Documentary Filmmaking in 2016. The ballet interprets Wiseman’s documentary produced in the 1960s in a Massachusetts prison for the criminally insane, but was banned by the state until a superior court judge overruled it in 1991. Backed by Lenny Picket’s musical score, Sewell and Wiseman create haunting scenes of interactions between patients and caregivers and moving portraits of people in battle with their minds. The production contains adult material and is not suitable for children under 13.
A free screening of the documentary takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26 the Fargo Theatre, followed by a question and answer session with Wiseman himself.
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28
Where: NDSU Festival Concert Hall
Tickets: $14-38 at www.fmsymphony.org
Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra teams up with Fargo-Moorhead Choral Artists and NDSU Concert Choir to premiere Dr. Rene Clausen’s “Before the Whirlwind” masterwork inspired by the geologic timeframe of the Red River Valley. Commissioned by the F-M Symphony in 2018, the piece written for orchestra and a 100-voice chorus is presented as one continuous movement comprised of six sub-sections with evocative titles to show shifts in geologic history: “The Primordial Land,” “The Glaciers,” “The Mighty Lake,” “The Emerging Land – Prairie Dance,” “The Buffalo” and “The Native Americans.” As each section moves through epochs of time, audience members will be invited to open themselves up to the wonder of their imaginations.
Dr. Clausen is a professor of choral music at Concordia College and Grammy-Award winning composer and conductor. A bonus? Dr. Clausen is conducting world premiere himself!
This is only a small handful of the many art events happening this weekend! To see the full calendar, visit www.theartspartnership.net/calendar.