First “backyard concert” with Irish music on Sunday

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The first in a series of free backyard concerts, featuring local musicians, is scheduled for Sunday, June 27 at 7 p.m. at Betty Bloomquist’s home at 1119 Sunset Drive.

The concert will be dedicated to Irish music, according to Tamara Bertram, music teacher and executive director of the Greater Grand Forks Symphony Orchestra. Spectators are kindly requested to bring their own garden chairs or blankets.

The musicians will primarily be school-aged students of all ages, Bertram said.

Don Forsman, who is retired, will play the whistle and several Bertram students will perform, including Vedant Srivastava, guitar, and Adam Middleton, violin, who attend Schroeder High School.

Other violinists scheduled to play are: Sadie Hillman, Grand Forks Central High School; Ainsley Boucher, Crookston High School; Gabe Sagini, Red River High School; and Grant Anderson, a graduate of Red River High School.

Rhilynn Leroux Peters, guitar, student at Sacred Heart School, and Surya Srivastava, viola, who attends Lake Agassiz Elementary School, will also perform, Bertram said.

The concert “will be like an Irish session,” she said. “If other violinists or guitarists want to join us, they are all welcome. ”

Last summer, when the pandemic forced many to stay in their homes, local musicians, under the direction of Bertram, launched a series of free concerts in the backyard. For those who were eager to be outdoors, interact safely with others, and enjoy live music, these concerts were a welcome respite from the disheartening pandemic-induced angst that pervaded society. .

Bertram said the concerts gave his music students the opportunity – in a more relaxed setting – to gain experience performing in front of an audience.

For more information, call Bertram at (701) 620-9043.

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