The Arts in the Parks series in Scandinavian Heritage Park continues tonight and Sunday, once again featuring a varied lineup of musicians and visual artists.
Tonight, 7 p.m.: International Brass Quintet
Tonight at the Scandinavian Heritage Park, the International Brass Quintet will be making their annual pilgrimage from the International Music Camp to their Arts in the Park performance.
"They've always got a varied repertoire, from baroque to jazz," said Tim Wollenzien, IMC director. "They do have some new compositions this year also. And it's the same group of our instructors as over the last four or five years."
The members are Tim Farrell from the University of South Dakota, and Minot State University's Mark Boren, trumpeters; Arlene Shiplett from Saskatchewan on horn; Tom Zugger from Capitol University of Ohio on trombone; and William Winkle from Boise State in Idaho on tuba.
The IMC is into its second week of summer sessions, and this year celebrates its 56th anniversary and 125,000th student promoting the arts at its campus in the International Peace Garden.
Visual artist is quilter Vicky Haider.
Sunday, July 1 at 4 and 7 p.m.: Gene Putnam
For two performances on Sunday, guitarist Gene Putnam will be joined by rhythm player Curt Hiller and members of his family playing gospel, pop and country music.
"I play finger-style guitar," Putnam said. "It's when you use your thumb and three fingers - it's interesting because you're accompanying yourself, playing lead and rhythm at the same time.
"It's the style Chet Atkins used. My father used to love to listen to him, so I heard his records all the time."
Putnam began with a ukulele his father got him, turning to guitar in his teens. He's played all over the Minot area for weddings, Frozen Fingers, the Norsk Hostfest and schools under the auspices of the Minot Area Council of the Arts.
"I love introducing kids to the guitar, usually with grades K-6," he said. "Kids that age just eat it up."
Putnam will be singing with his wife, Cindy, on "Jesus Knows All about You," written by his brother-in-law Mark Hamre, and backing his son Brock singing "Over the Rainbow." Putnam will also have his CDs for sale at the park.
Visual artist is Minot State University instructor Linda Olson with her ceramics.
In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be canceled. Terri Aldrich, executive director of MACA suggests that patrons bring lawn chairs to be comfortable at the concerts. MACA will have popcorn and water for sale and the events are all free, although a freewill offering will be gratefully accepted.