Five of Us featured performers at AIP

This evening, the vocal quartet plus pianist known as The Five of Us perform at the Scandinavian Heritage Park at 7 p.m. as part of the ongoing 2013 Arts in the Parks series. The group consists of soprano Mary Muhlbradt, alto JoAnn Samuelson, tenor Greg Carpenter, bass Eric Furuseth and pianist Audrey Hugulen. The group grew together organically from people who simply love to sing together, experimenting with harmonies while exploring different genres of music. They sing jazz, chorale, gospel works and folk tunes – some a capella, but most accompanied. The group has been together since 1995 with essentially the same personnel, a familiarity that shows in their easy presentations.

Tonight’s visual artist is Grandma Butterfly, aka Jacque Younger, one of the premiere seamstresses in Minot, displaying her handcrafted decorative and functional fabric works.

Dakota Dixie, 4 and 7 p.m., Sunday, Scandinavian Heritage Park

On Sunday, Dakota Dixie is the band taking the stage at the Scandinavian Heritage Park for performances at 4 and 7 p.m. Spokesman and trumpeter Pat Schwan said that the group really enjoys doing the Arts in the Parks program each year, because Dixieland and the outdoors are make for each other. They play typical Dixieland music, such as “Basin Street Blues,” “Bill Bailey” and “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

Sunday’s visual artist is Rebecca Nielsen with her paintings.

Both days’ activities are free and open to the public, with Minot Area Council of the Arts executive director Terri Aldrich recommending that concert-goers bring lawn chairs for comfortable seating. Aldrich also reminds audiences that there will be popcorn and water for sale during the performances. Free will offerings will be collected by the MACA flowers, “Bud” and “Belle,” throughout the evening. In the event of inclement weather, performances will be canceled.