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A busy upcoming week: From a concert to the home show, there’s a lot going on

The DLHS spring musical “Grease” will be presented in three performances this Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, at the George Simson Middle School Auditorium at 7 p.m. each night. Tickets are on sale at Central Market. DL Newspapers/Brian Basham

A classical music concert at the Historic Holmes Theatre will kick off a jam-packed week of entertainment in the lakes area this Tuesday, March 18.

“Brass, Reed, Drum” will feature a truly unique seven-piece ensemble of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra’s finest musicians, performing a two-hour concert that will showcase America’s best composers of classical music.

The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, is the latest in the Holmes Theatre’s Classical Music Series, which showcases a variety of musical ensembles from the FMSO performing everything from the true orchestral classics to more contemporary works.

Nathaniel Dickey, an associate professor of music at Concordia College, will play both trombone and euphonium (also referred to as a baritone horn). He will be joined by Russ Peterson on saxophone, Doug Neill on tuba, horn player Karin Wakefield, trumpeters Peter Knudsvig and Jeremy Brekke, and percussionist David Eyler.

“It’s a group that we cooked up just this past year,” says Dickey. “The first performance we did as an ensemble was part of the FMSO’s chamber series. The Detroit Lakes performance will be just our second one together.”

Dickey said the idea was to “create something new out of something old” — namely, the standard brass quintet.

“Adding a saxophone and percussion, we thought, would be an interesting sound,” Dickey said, adding that in addition to his euphonium, the concert would also showcase Eyler’s talents on multiple instruments, namely the xylophone and vibraphone — a percussion instrument similar to the xylophone, but with “a more ringing sound that lasts longer.”

Most of the songs that will be performed Tuesday were arranged specifically for the ensemble by trumpeter Peter Knudsvig, whom Dickey described as “a very talented arranger.”

Though not all seven of the musicians featured in “Brass, Reed, Drum” are FMSO regulars, Dickey said they have all performed together before, in various musical ensembles in the Fargo-Moorhead area such as Post-Traumatic Funk Syndrome, and Detroit Lakes percussionist Bill Mohn’s jazz tributes to “big band” conductors Woody Herman and Duke Ellington.

As such, they should all be familiar faces to Holmes Theatre audiences, though the sounds they will hear on Tuesday night are less so.

The evening will include one selection that is saxophone virtuoso Russ Peterson’s own composition, “Allegro and Funky Fugue,” as well as more familiar tunes such as Francis Scott Key’s “Star Spangled Banner” — though the latter will be presented in a unique arrangement by Knudsvig that “comes out of a penny whistle version of ‘Yankee Doodle’ and has a Revolutionary and Civil War-type feel to it,” Dickey said.

His own talents on the euphonium will be featured on “In Remembrance,” which he describes as having “the character of a summer band concert in 1905.”

Other highlights will include the John Phillip Sousa classic “Semper Fidelis,” and variations on George Gershwin’s “I Got Rhythm,” which Dickey describes as the evening’s “most challenging” piece to perform.

Tickets for Tuesday’s concert are $10 each for adults, free for students, and are available at the Historic Holmes Theatre Box Office, online at, or by phone at 218-844-7469.

Also coming up this week:

  • The Detroit Lakes High School spring musical, “Grease,” will be presented in three performances only, Thursday through Saturday, March 20-22, at the George Simson Middle School Auditorium. All performances start at 7 p.m. Advance tickets are on sale at Central Market.
  • The Lake Region Builders Association’s annual Home & Sports Show runs Saturday and Sunday at Kent Freeman Arena in Detroit Lakes. (See story on today’s entertainment page.)
  • The Becker County Historical Society’s “Keeping History Alive” fundraiser takes place Friday, March 21 at the Becker County Museum, starting at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30, and proceeds will benefit the Historical Society’s project to preserve local newspapers on microfilm. The evening includes live and silent auctions, a cash bar and appetizers. Call 218-847-2938 for more information.
  • The Washington Square Mall in Detroit Lakes will feature the Women of Today Craft & Vendor Show (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) as well as a Spring Fashion Show at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 22. Admission is free. Call 218-847-1679 for details.
  • The Humane Society of the Lakes’ seventh annual Irish fundraiser starts at 5 p.m. on Saturday in the Speak Easy Restaurant in Detroit Lakes, featuring a silent auction, games and music by the popular Celtic band Poitin. Tickets are $10 each, and are available at the HSL Shelter, from volunteers and board members, or at the Speak Easy. Call 218-847-0511 for details.
  • The Detroit Lakes Lions Club and Voyageur Lanes are hosting the seventh annual Battle of the Bands Bowling Tournament on Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. in Voyageur Lanes (1377 West Lake Drive). Cost is $100 per team. Call Brenda at 218-844-4845 or 218-844-4221 (ext. 112) for details.

Follow Detroit Lakes Newspapers reporter Vicki Gerdes on Twitter @VickiLGerdes.

Vicki Gerdes

Staff writer at Detroit Lakes Newspapers for the past 16 years, currently editor of the entertainment and community pages as well as covering city council and the Lake Park-Audubon School Board. Living in DL with my cat, Smokey.

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