Prairie Public

Musical Concepts - French Horn

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French horn player Karin Wakefield explains the evolution of the modern French horn, the qualities of the sounds the instrument makes, and how the sound is produced.

Filmed in conjunction with the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra Youth Concert, several members of the orchestra share their love of their individual instruments through the instrument’s history, musical quality, function in the orchestra, and how it’s played.

FM Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert: Capriccio Espagnol

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Written in 1887 by Russian composer Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff; this piece is actually inspired by Spanish folk melodies. The work was originally intended to be for a solo violin with the orchestra, but the composer decided that the full orchestra would make the pieces even livelier. These selections also clearly show cadenzas for each of the families in the orchestra. Between pieces, conductor Jane Linde Capistran addresses her audience and explains the different sections of the orchestra while using vocabulary fundamental to music education.

Elisa Korenne: Root Beer Lady

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Singer-songwriter Elisa Korenne of New York Mills, Minnesota, writes songs about unusual characters and obscure events in Minnesota history.

Painting Concepts with Buck Paulson: The Value of Color

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Buck Paulson shows the value of color as he paints a stream and trees. He gives explanation of his technique and uses the color wheel.

James O'Rourke: Moorhead, Mn

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For many years James O'Rourke has helped area artists launch their careers. Two of these artists, Brad Bachmeier and Tim Ray, talk about the pivotal role James has played in their careers and the region's arts community.

Indian Pride: Myths and Real Truths | Part 4

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JuniKae Randall introduces Lefty's Little Steppers, dance group from the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians in North Dakota, demonstrate their craft.

Indian Pride | Tribal Relations | Part 5

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A traditional bird singer from the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian community of Arizona, Jonah Ray, sings a song about the sun.

Prairie Churches | Immigrant Church Artist

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Berthold von Imhoff graced more than 90 churches with his art, but St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Reading, Pennsylvania, may be his finest work. The prairie is dotted with unique and picturesque churches, many of which are in danger of being lost forever. Prairie Public’s documentary Prairie Churches preserves images of this priceless heritage and tells the story of Count Berthold von Imhoff, a painter whose artwork lends a unique beauty to 18 churches. Often the first community structure built, these landmarks represent the dreams of settlers who sought to forge future for their families. Prairie Churches explores the role churches played in sustaining the history and culture of the vanishing rural landscape. 

Indian Pride, Economic Development: Part 4

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The Rawhide Singers from the Blackfeet Nation of Montana offer a traditional song on drums. Singers include Paul Wendy Old Chief, Kenneth Old Person, Earl Old Person, and Victor Sure Chief. They are followed by Joe Garcia, a member of the San Juan Pueblo of New Mexico and president of the National Congress of American Indians. 

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