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Noon Hour Concerts return June 8

The musical group "Caleigh" will perform a blend of Celtic, world folk, Cajun and early American Thursday, June 8, the first Noon Hour Concert of the summer. (Submitted photo)

The Park Rapids summertime tradition of Noon Hour Concerts — featuring both local and visiting musicians — continues with performances from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. the second and fourth Thursdays in June, July and August.

The series kicks off Thursday, June 8 with a performance by "Caleigh" at Faithbridge Church. The three-woman group performs a blend of Celtic, world folk, cajun and early American music.

Audiences are invited to bring lunch to eat prior to the concerts. Beverages, cookies and bars will be served.

All are welcome; concerts are free.

"Caleigh" is a Minnesota band whose sound is described as "earthy and eclectic — a fusion of world folk, Celtic, bluegrass, American old-time and original compositions."

Caleigh has shared their 20-year musical journey with audiences throughout the state and fans worldwide via the Internet. The band has released five albums on the Lily Label.

Graced with harp, fiddle, bodhran, banjo, accordion, guitars, mandolin, congas, viola, contra bass, balalika and captivating vocals, Caleigh's music aims to inspire the imagination of listeners as they travel through a time-honored musical experience.

The remaining Noon Hour Concert schedule is as follows:

• The acoustic group, "Unpolished" will entertain on June 22 at Faithbridge Church. They perform an eclectic mix of roots, Americana and bluegrass, complete with rich three-part harmonies.

• Saxophonist Brian Perez plays July 6 at Calvary Lutheran Church. He is a professor of jazz ensembles at Texas Southern University.

• St. Johns Lutheran Church will be the site of July 13 concert, with Sarah Carlson on organ and Jon Romer on Native American flute. Carlson is director of music ministry at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji. Romer has taught music in tribal setting, elementary through college, for 22 years.

• August concerts will be presented at Calvary Lutheran Church, located on Hwy. 71 South. Hawken Paul will play violin while his mother, Lisa Dove, accompanies on piano. Paul recently completed his first year at St. Olaf College. Dove is director of the Northern Light Opera Company and a theatre professional in New York City.

• "Upper Mississippians" will perform big band music on Aug. 10.

• A cellist, violinist and saxophonist conclude this summer's series on Aug. 24. Pat Riley is a music professor at Bemidji State University. Melanie Hanson is concertmaster for the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra and director of Park Rapids Classic Chorale. Husband Michael plays in several bands.