Entertainer briefs
Andrew Bird's Bowl of Fire (from left, Kevin O'Donnell, Bird, Josh Hirsh): Friday at the Blue Heron.

Backbeat beats path back to Missoula

The Beatles will make their second visit to Missoula Sunday.

Actually it's Backbeat, the Beatles-like band that will perform in a fund-raiser for the Missoula Exchange Club. Starting at 2 p.m. in Caras Park, Beatles aficionados can listen to their favorite songs during the two-hour, non-alcoholic, family-oriented event.

Backbeat portrayed the Beatles in the Chevy Chase movie "National Lampoon's Vacation."

The group is preparing to tour Japan and is planning a U.S. tour in July, during which it will appear in Kalispell, Helena and Great Falls, according to Joe DeNicolo, an Exchange Club spokesperson.

Individual tickets are $15. Group tickets for up to 5 people are $30. They are available by calling 829-1490. Missoula Exchange Club uses money from the event to support its many programs.

- Donna Syvertson, Missoulian

Chalice Philharmonia performs this weekend

"Alchemical Music: The Praise Song," a concert to celebrate the advent of spring by the Chalice Philharmonia, is Friday and Saturday nights.

The concerts will include medieval, Renaissance and 20th century choral and instrumental works from France, Catalonia, Israel, the United States and Zimbabwe. They support the School of Music-Thantology, and mark the completion of the academic year for students of the class of 2002.

The concerts are at 7:30 each night at the Chalice of Repose, 312 E. Pine St. Doors open at 7. Tickets, available at the Chalice of Repose, are $10 and should be purchased in advance. For more information, call 329-2810.

Nancy Green joins Glacier Orchestra

KALISPELL - Cellist Nancy Green will perform Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich's "Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major" in the Glacier Orchestra and chorale's season finale Saturday and Sunday.

"Orchestral Blockbuster - Strings Attached" is the name of the concerts, which start at 7:30 p.m. at the Flathead High School Auditorium. A pre-concert education program is at 6:45 each night.

The cello concerto was composed for and dedicated to Russian-American cellist and conductor Matislav Rostropovich and has been a favorite for performers since its debut in Moscow in 1959. One of the work's unique features is its 3rd movement, which is scored for solo cello alone, a kind of developed extended cadenza for the soloist.

Green has performed around the world and in Lincoln Center and Alice Tully Hall in New York City, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and Boston's Symphony Hall.

Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors and $6 for students, on sale at Budget Tapes and Mountain Aire Music in Kalispell, Village Shop and Dwyers' Framing Gallery in Whitefish, Art Fusion in Bigfork, and Glacier Wallflower in Columbia Falls. Call (406) 257-3241.

Dance students earn honors at competition

Area dance schools fared well in a recent competition in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, sponsored by Access Broadway and attended by 500 dancers from 10 different schools.

The Montana Dance Co. won two platinum, eight high gold and 13 gold medals, including firsts for Brenna Wagner (12-and-under Diva Song) and Grove is in the Heart (Debut Large Group). Elisa Mclaughlin won one of three scholarships awarded during the event.

The Virginia Wirth Dance Studio won two high gold and six gold medals, including a first for Body Language in Debut Small Group.

Dance Missoula won two high golds and four golds. Leneah Dykman won Most Photogenic for ages 12 and under, and Kaylie Dykeman won Most Photogenis for 13 and up.

Entertainer seeks info

The Entertainer will publish a preview of the summer arts and entertainment scene on May 25 - so if you've got concerts, shows, plays, etc. on the horizon, get the information to us now and we'll help people plan for your event.

Send the information, including dates, times, ticket prices and phone numbers, to Vince Devlin, Missoulian, P.O. Box 8029, Missoula, Mont., 59807. We'll need to have it in hand by mid-May for it to be included.


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