Best Bets: ‘Passion’ to Matinee Musicale

By Christa Lawler, Duluth News Tribune

An operatic treatment of ‘St. John Passion’

A young baritone who got a nod from Opera News will make his debut with Lyric Opera of the North in an operatic variation on what was originally written by Johann Sebastian Bach as a liturgical piece. Jarrett Ott is Jesus in LOON’s production of “St. John Passion,” which also features the Twin Ports Choral Project.

The performances, with stage direction by Bob Neu, tell the story of Jesus Christ’s last days and are billed as an operatic acknowledgement of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

“St. John Passion” plays at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 and 3 p.m. Oct. 15 at Lincoln Park Middle School Auditorium, 3215 W. Third St. Tickets: Start at $37 adults, $12 for students with an ID. Available at loonopera.org.

Keefe opens Matinee Musicale season

Minnesota Orchestra concertmaster, an award-winning, internationally-touring violinist, is Matinee Musicale’s season-opening guest artist.

The New York Times has called Erin Keefe an “impressive violin soloist.” She has performed as a soloist with the New Mexico Symphony, the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the Korean Symphony Orchestra, the Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, the Sendai Philharmonic and the Gottingen Symphony Orchestra. She has been featured on “Live from Lincoln Center” three times with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. She released a solo CD of works by MEndelssohn, Schumann, Ravel, Sibelius, Lutoslawski and Hindemith with pianist Anna Polonsky — who will accompany her on piano during Tuesday’s concert.

Matinee Musicale featuring Erin Keefe is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at Mitchell Auditorium at the College of St. Scholastica.

‘Aeroplane Mode’ launches at Cedar

Rich Mattson and the Northstars’ third album, “Aeroplane Mode,” gets its launch this week with a show at the Cedar Lounge. Hot Pastrami opens.

The Iron Range-based folk-rock band is composed of Mattson (vocals, guitar), Germaine Gemberling (vocals, acoustic guitar), Curtis Mattson (drums), Kyle Westrick (bass), Ryan Young (violin) — give or take a musician.

Rich Mattson and the NorthStars’ CD release show is at 8 p.m. Oct. 13 at Cedar Lounge, 1715 N. Third St.

‘Take It With You’ goes ‘terrifically terrifying’

Next up in Take It With You’s season of genre fiction: appropriately, horror. The Duluth-centric old timey radio play-style podcast, which is recorded in front of a live audience, is billing its fourth Halloween episode as a “terrifically terrifying tale of terror.”

And, um, the trailer has a bloody knife and a full moon.

Take It With You, presented monthly, features a cast of actors such as Blake Thomas, Mary Fox, Katy Helbacka and more as a group of bar friends-co-workers who navigate Duluth like a sort of Scooby Gang. With live mostly original music and a local guest.

“Take It With You” is at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at The Underground, 506 W. Michigan St. Tickets: $15 at duluthplayhouse.org.

Haunted hayride

The scare-season continues with another annual attraction: The Haunted Shack. This super spooky tour takes thrill-seekers on a hayride through a cemetery filled with ghostly images, haunting howls and other-worldly creatures. This segues into a maze, where visitors encounter all sorts of things that go bump in the night.

The Haunted Shack opens at 7 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Buffalo House, 1-35 exit 245. Tickets: $15. There is a kid-friendly tour available on Oct. 28. For details, go to hauntedshack.com

Superstitious stories

When paranormal investigators toured Fairlawn Mansion in Superior, they saw a hovering blue head and heard a woman’s voice and the sounds of rippling water, according to a 2016 story in the Superior Telegram.

Here’s a chance to take another dark tour through the mansion built by lumber and mining baron Martin Pattison. The theme: Superstitions of the Victorians. The mansion, long rumored to be haunted, is hosting a flashlight tour that coincides with the spookiest day on the calendar.

Superstition Tours start at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Fairlawn Mansion, 906 E. Second St., Superior. Tickets: $10 adults, $8 seniors/college students, $5 kids.

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