Dover Quartet returns for season launch of 'Sunday Concerts in the Gallery' at North Dakota Museum of Art

Sep. 28—GRAND FORKS — Back by popular demand, the Dover Quartet will open the 2022-23 season of the "Sunday Concerts in the Gallery" series Oct. 2 at the North Dakota Museum of Art.

The venue is located at 261 Centennial Drive, on the UND campus. The performance begins at 2 p.m. The quartet last performed in Grand Forks in 2017.

The Dover Quartet has been hailed as one of the greatest string quartets of the last 100 years by BBC Music Magazine. Nominated for a Grammy Award, the music industry's highest honor, the group has followed a "practically meteoric" trajectory to become one of the most in-demand chamber ensembles in the world, according to Strings magazine.

At Sunday's concert, the quartet will play music by Hayden, Mendelssohn and an American composer, Amy Beach.

Tickets for Sunday's performance — and season tickets for all six Sunday performances — are available at

or at the door. Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for museum members, and $10 for students and military. Children 12 and younger and K-12 teachers are admitted at no charge, with reservations. For more information, call (701) 777-4195 or email


On Monday, Oct. 3, the Dover Quartet will also perform in concert for more than 300 students at Schroeder Middle School. The event is part of the Museum's "Monday Concerts in the Schools" program, initiated with a grant from the Neel Fund, administered by the Community Foundation of Grand Forks, East Grand Forks and Region.

The musical "School of Rock" opens Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Empire Arts Center. The show, based on the 2003 film starring Jack Black, features music by Andrew Lloyd Weber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, and a book by Julian Fellowes.

The show follows the story of a jobless rocker who seizes the opportunity to pose as a substitute teacher at a prestigious private school for a few extra bucks. He believes the students' well-trained musicianship coupled with his rockstar attitude will make for a hard-rocking band that can win the local Battle of the Bands competition. But, unfortunately, the kids' parents and teachers disagree.

The Empire Theater Company production is directed by Kathy Coudle-King, with musical direction by her son, Ryan King.

The play is set to run Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 29-Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., and Oct. 6-8 and Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 at 2 p.m.

For ticket information, visit

or call (701) 746-5500.

The Altru Family YMCA will host its seventh-annual "Pumpkins for Parkinson's Day" on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The event will feature a giant pumpkin display, Al's Pumpkin Bake-off, and a free pumpkin cupcake with any donation. Giant pumpkins will be displayed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in front of the YMCA, 215 N. Seventh St.

Al's Pumpkin Bake-off will feature samples of pumpkin baked goods provided by volunteers. Awards will be given for "best tasting" and "best presentation." Samplers can pay $5 to taste all the desserts and vote for their favorite in each category. The contest is named for Al Pearson, longtime YMCA Parkinson Wellness Recovery Program supporter. The contest will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Donations to the Parkinson Wellness Program are tax deductible and can be made online, by phone, by mail or in person at the YMCA.

Launched in 2016, "Pumpkins for Parkinson's Day" features fundraising teams supported by volunteer growers from North Dakota and Minnesota. Submitted pumpkins have ranged from 300 to 1,600 pounds, said Patti McEnroe, the Y's membership and marketing director.

To date, more than $80,000 has been raised to support Parkinson wellness programs at the YMCA, McEnroe said.

More than 50,000 new cases of Parkinson's Disease are diagnosed each year in the U.S., according to the National Parkinson Foundation; North Dakota ranks third in the nation for per-capita incidence of Parkinson's Disease.

For more information, call the YMCA at (701) 775-2586.

Dianne Paulsen will lead a class on the craft of making a Temari Ball, a Japanese stitched hand ball, on Oct. 6 and 8 at the ArtWise Gallery and Creation space in the Columbia Mall. No experience is necessary.

Classes will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Registration is required. Cost, $50 per person, includes classes and materials. To register, go online to

or email


Paulsen is a fiber artist with interests also in spinning, weaving, knitting, beading, chainmaille, bobbin lace, Saami jewelry and basket-making. She has been a member of the Red River Valley Fiber Guild for more than 30 years.

Paulsen is certified as an instructor by the Japan Temari Association.

In Japanese culture, Temari balls are highly valued and cherished as gifts, symbolizing deep friendship and loyalty.

For more information, send an email to

or call (701) 757-2781.