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GM Ole Opry


The brainchild of local classic-country aficionado Dean Farnum, the theme of a “Grand Marais Ole Opry” was conceived in the halls of Sawtooth Elementary School in a conversation with pre-school teacher and local musician Amanda Hand. A fan of Amanda and her steel-guitar-playing father, Cal Hand (A Prairie Home Companion house band alum), Dean had a vision of a classic country and old-time music showcase featuring talented regional and local musicians. The North Shore Music Association signed on as event organizer and host, and the first Opry was held at the Arrowhead Center for the Arts in January 2014, hosted by WTIP’s “Classic Country” host Carl Solander. Four years later, the Opry is still going strong and has become one of Cook County’s most popular annual music events. Wowed by a fresh slate of highly skilled, charismatic, and energetic performers each January, Opry audiences revel in tunes made famous by artists such as Hank Williams Sr., Patsy Cline, The Louvin Brothers, Johnny Cash, and the Carter Family, as well as original tunes written by the artists in classic country and old-time style.
 
 
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7pm Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert
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Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert
Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert
12/10/2017 - 12/11/2017: 7 PM@ Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Over 75 talented Cook County singers and musicians continue the treasured community tradition, under the skilled directorship of composer/conductor Bill Beckstrand. Featuring seasonal works by celebrated composers, this year’s program spans the centuries and the globe, including selections from England, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, and the American South.

Stirring hymns and rousing carols that awaken and uplift winter-weary souls, these works by Praetorius, Rachmaninov, Handel, Rutter, and many more combine in a wonderfully rich holiday mix. Joining the BCO this year are six Cook County students whose solos add a delightful multigenerational component to the musical talent of the group. 

Event free of charge, but donations to BCO are greatly appreciated to keep this wonderful seasonal tradition going! 
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7pm Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert
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Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert
Borealis Chorale & Orchestra Christmas Concert
12/10/2017 - 12/11/2017: 7 PM@ Bethlehem Lutheran Church
Over 75 talented Cook County singers and musicians continue the treasured community tradition, under the skilled directorship of composer/conductor Bill Beckstrand. Featuring seasonal works by celebrated composers, this year’s program spans the centuries and the globe, including selections from England, France, Germany, Sweden, Russia, and the American South.

Stirring hymns and rousing carols that awaken and uplift winter-weary souls, these works by Praetorius, Rachmaninov, Handel, Rutter, and many more combine in a wonderfully rich holiday mix. Joining the BCO this year are six Cook County students whose solos add a delightful multigenerational component to the musical talent of the group. 

Event free of charge, but donations to BCO are greatly appreciated to keep this wonderful seasonal tradition going! 
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