Community band's spring concert is May 13

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The Park Rapids Area Community Band, under the direction of Dr. Russell Pesola, will present its spring concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 12 in the Park Rapids High School auditorium.

The concert features bassoonist Miriam Brack Webber, an assistant professor of music at Bemidji State University.

Webber holds a bachelor's of music from Ball State University in bassoon performance, and master's of music from McGill University and the University of Kansas in bassoon performance and Music Theory, respectively. She is currently a doctorate candidate at the University of Kansas.

Webber comes to BSU from the University of Missouri at Kansas City where she was instructor of music theory. Before that, she was a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Kansas where she was awarded the 2016 Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

Her master's thesis analyzed the late works of Dmitri Shostakovich according to post-tonal and Tonnetz-based methodologies.

Her current dissertation research investigates narrative processes within Shostakovich's works as these processes relate to Soviet literary theory. Other research interests include pedagogy and performance studies. She has presented several papers at university events and international conferences. She has also recently published an article in the International Double Reed Society's "The Double Reed."

Webber is an active bassoonist and has performed with orchestras across the country, including the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas, Muncie Symphony, Kokomo Symphony, Southeast Kansas Symphony, Fort Hays Symphony, Springfield Symphony, St. Joseph Symphony and Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestras.