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Three events coming up at Perham Center for the Arts

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A school concert, a live performance by a pair of Minnesota musicians, and an exhibit of painting and sculpture are all on the docket at Perham Center for the Arts.

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First on the calendar is Perham High School’s fall choir and band concert, coming up next Thursday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

The concert will feature several numbers, including the song “MLK,” written by the rock band U2 to commemorate and honor Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and legacy, as well as the song, “Sing Me to Heaven,” which was written to express the way singers feel about music in their lives.

This will be the first time a school concert has been performed at the new Perham Center for the Arts.

Band and choir director Kevin Kosiak plans to open the show with some concert choir members up in the balcony, while others sing from the front of the theater, giving audiences the feel of ‘surround sound,’ according to information provided by the arts center.

Next on the event list will be a show on Saturday, Oct. 26 by BrakeAway, a musical duo featuring Jake Hagedorn along with former Perham resident Doug Millaway.

Based out of St. Cloud, Minn., the duo forms “a unique blend of acoustic and electric soundscapes,” according to its Facebook page. “From Bossa Nova to bluegrass, it’s all possible.”

Hagedorn and Millaway began working together about two years ago, and enjoyed it so much that they decided to continue recording and playing.

Since then, they’ve seen some success in the St. Cloud area, playing in coffee shops and at community festivals. They have also performed at the Brewer’s Ball in Fargo, the Celebration of the Arts in Avon, and at the Minnesota State Fair as part of the Minnesota Association of Songwriters Showcase.

They are working on their second CD, to be released in 2014.

The duo has a connection to Perham, with Millaway a former school psychologist for the Perham-Dent School District. He carried out the role for 12 years, and was also a due process coordinator for special education during that time.

BrakeAway’s performance will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a social hour preceding the event at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free to the public. Free-will donations will be accepted, with proceeds going toward upgrades to the Perham Center for the Arts building.

And finally, in addition to these two live music performances, the arts center will be hosting an exhibit titled “Unbridled Spirit,” by Minnesota artist Marcella Rose.

Rose is a designer, painter and sculptor who works with various materials to create fine art pieces.

The Perham Center for the Arts is located at 101 5th St. NE, in the former St. Stanislaus Catholic Church.

For more information, call the arts center at 346-2787.

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