Music

MSUM Musicians Use Ice-Made Percussions For Outdoor Performance

The half-hour concert was part of the University's "Why Not Winter Wednesdays," a series of outdoor events in the winter months

MOORHEAD, Minn. (KVRR) – The middle of February brings frigid temperatures to the area. It might be too cold for most outdoor activities but on the campus of MSUM, Dr. Kenyon Williams wanted to find something that could get people outside. “About five years ago, I was watching on Facebook some videos of people performing on frozen lake ice in…

NDSU hosts Fall band concerts via live stream

No members of the public were allowed to attend

FARGO, N.D.– NDSU’s Challey School of Music hosted their Fall band concerts via live stream. The Wind Symphony and University Band both performed, but were split into smaller groups to ensure social distancing. Both groups also wore face masks and used covers on their instruments for the duration of their performance.  Several students were absent due to illness and were…

Fargo students receive unique masks for music classes

"If it means that they can be making music together that's what we do."

FARGO, N.D.– The morale of the students was lowering when we couldn’t be singing or playing. That’s absolutely happening with the teachers because they just want to be making music with their kids,” Performing Arts Curriculum Specialist Ainsley Rentfrow said. Students at Fargo public schools weren’t able to perform without proper PPE, but now they have the reassurance to make…

Fargo Blues Festival Plays On With New COVID-19 Rules

Saturday's lineup of performances starts at noon and tickets can be purchased on site.

FARGO, N.D. — “The blues fest is a wonderful event this is our 25th annual and the blues just reach everyone that loves music,” Kristi Bredell  said. The stage is being set up with rain coverings for the Blues Festival at the Newman Outdoor Field. The two day celebration is the first major music fest in the Fargo-Moorhead area since…

A Juneteenth Celebration Sheds Light On Racism

According to the group, over 50 people attended the celebration.

MOORHEAD,- “I knew the cotton fields. I knew the plantations. Now, I see hope.” Hope, Destiny says, for a future where black people are no longer killed or discriminated against solely for the color of their skin. Juneteenth, she adds, represents just that. “You’re celebrating the hope of freedom. The hope of coming out of Bondage. The hope that you…

Red River Market Reopens, New COVID-19 Guidelines In Place

The market starts at 10:00 and runs until 2 every Saturday.

FARGO, N.D. — Live music, fresh food and plenty of faces covered in masks, packed into the Red River Market. But if you’re making a stop in you will notice some differences this season. There is no seating, people are asked to wear masks and limit their time spent at the market. Vendors we spoke to say they are glad…

Jade Presents seeks support to “Save Our Stages”

FARGO, N.D.–Jade Presents and other local venues are asking for support from concert goers and local government officials to help save independent music venues across the United States. Jade Presents hosts music events at venues such as Bluestem Amphitheater, Fargo Theatre, Sanctuary Events Center, Fargo Brewing Company and The Aquarium. A campaign titled “Save Our Stages” was created by National…

The Lights Plaza In West Fargo Has Its Soft Opening

West Fargo events say they were expecting between 500 to 700 people to attend.

WEST FARGO, N.D. – They wanted to let everyone know the plaza is open and they can come out and use the space. They also wanted to let them know of all the upcoming events that will be taking place including a number of concerts later this summer. People enjoying live music as well as some food and refreshments during…

MSUM Graduate Teaches Class Online In Italy To His Students During Shutdown

He says the switch to online classes has come with challenges but also new opportunities to test with his students

MOORHEAD, Minn. — The music room may no longer be creating harmonies as MSUM Music Education Graduate Antone Leustek and his choir kids at the Sigonella Naval Air Station outside of Catania, Sicily, Italy. It’s where Luestek has been leading this group of both American military and NATO kids from all different countries as the choral director working for the…

Ada-Borup Band Teacher And Students Puts Together Graduation Song For Seniors

Tuttle says he and his 27 students worked together over multiple days practicing and sending in video digitally to help craft a graduation song for the class of 2020.

ADA, Minn. — As the school year nears it’s close for seniors Ada-Borup, the school’s band director who’s seen two decades worth of seniors walk through his doors wanted to make sure this class wouldn’t be forgotten. “So my take was to take these performances, these videos they uploaded putting them together so in a way we can kind of…