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Native American flute featured at Noon Hour Concert

Sarah Carlson and Jon Romer will perform during the Noon Hour Concert at St. Johns on July 13. (Submitted photo)

The next Noon Hour Concert features Jon Romer, Sarah Carlson and Carlson's daughter, Claire, on Native American flute. Carlson will also accompany on organ and piano.

They will be playing a selection of music — from Bach's Canata No. 72 to an Ojibwe song called "Farewell Song."

The trio will perform from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. Thursday, July 13 at St Johns Lutheran Church.

The concert is free and open to the public. Audience members are invited to bring their lunch to eat before the performance. Bars and beverages will be served.

Romer is a retired professor at the Leech Lake Tribal College who, during his tenure at that school, became acquainted with flutes played by Native Americans and has become one of the country's experts on these traditional instruments. He has performed in many venues in the country from Alaska to New York City. In 2005, he played at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York for the dedication of paintings by Swedish painter, Michel Ostlund. He was featured on public television in 2011 and 2012 and completed a tour of nine northern communities featuring the Native American flute as a part of Minnesota's Legacy Program in April 2013.

Prior to his work with Native American music, Romer chaired the voice department at Gustavus Adolphus College for 19 years. He has also held appointments in choral music and voice at the University of Missouri, Park College and Lea College. Romer received degrees in choral literature and performance from Gustavus Adolphus College and the University of Iowa.

Carlson received her master of music in organ performance from the University of Iowa and her bachelor of music from St. Olaf College. Carlson enjoys playing harpsichord and has continued her study at the International Baroque Institute at Longy School of Music. During the fall of 2009, she performed harpsichord keyboard concertos by J. S. Bach at Bemidji State University. Prior to coming to Bemidji, she was the director of music at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Darlington, S.C. She was also an adjunct professor of music at Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., accompanist for the Coker Singers, and head of the Piano Division's Preparatory School of Music. She is currently the director of music ministry at First Lutheran Church in Bemidji.