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Symphony, bluegrass orchestras to set Cloquet to music

Years ago, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) was scheduled to perform a rare summer holiday concert in the band shell in Cloquet's Pinehurst Park. Unfortunately, there was heavy fog in the area that day and the group had to cancel, si...

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Years ago, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra (DSSO) was scheduled to perform a rare summer holiday concert in the band shell in Cloquet's Pinehurst Park. Unfortunately, there was heavy fog in the area that day and the group had to cancel, since the musicians were reluctant to expose their instruments to the damp weather. Since that time, except for an appearance at Black Bear Casino Resort in Carlton, the orchestra has not been back -- until now.

Next Thursday, May 2, the DSSO and special guest The Blue Canvas Orchestra will present a concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. in the Cloquet High School Auditorium.

It's not going to be your average concert experience.

Billed as "Two Fabulous Orchestras, One Crazy Time," it's specially designed to satisfy the kid in you, the symphony lover in you and the let-your-hair-down-and-have-fun side of the entire family.

Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural and Heritage Fund, the DSSO has been touring the region this spring, staging outreach concerts in Hibbing, Virginia and Two Harbors before culminating in the final concert at Cloquet High School.

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"Cloquet seemed like a logical place to reach out to," said Rebecca Lynn Petersen, DSSO executive director, stating there are many folks from the community who routinely travel to Duluth to attend the DSSO concerts at the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center. "Our hope is to someday have a bus that goes from Cloquet to our symphony concerts in Duluth."

Petersen describes the concert planned for Cloquet as "eclectic." Ranging all the way from Mozart to Copland, and from Handel to Simon and Garfunkel, she said the music will appeal to everyone from kids to grandparents and regular symphony goers as well.

"It's an attempt at making it more of a fun concert with a variety of styles and techniques," said Petersen. "It's the kind of music you can either tap your foot to or sit back and listen to. Concert Master Erin Aldridge plays a roaring rendition of Yankee Doodle that NO ONE will want to miss!"

The Blue Canvas Orchestra, traveling with instrumentalists, singers, and their own self-contained bluegrass band, will play solo as well as with the DSSO. Petersen said the group features a multi-media presentation with slides on a giant screen to tell tales of wind, water and Lake Superior, set to the music of "Bridge Over Troubled Water."

She explained that The Blue Canvas Orchestra is the house band for the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua program that runs May through September. During the off season, she said, they travel throughout the Upper Midwest.

The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra's season runs September through May with many off-site concerts during the summer in places like Lucius Woods and the North Shore.

Tickets for the "Two Fabulous Orchestras, One Crazy Time" concert are available in advance by calling 218-623-DSSO (6773) or at the door the night of the performance. Seating is all general admission. Adult tickets are $12, student tickets are $6 and a family ticket is $35.

"This is a really great opportunity to get symphony tickets affordably," said Petersen.

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