International Jazz Quintet featured tonight

Both performances of the Minot Area Council of the Arts’ Arts in the Parks will be in Oak Park this week. On Thursday, at 7 p.m. the International Brass Quintet returns not only as an excellent entertainment in its own right, but as ambassadors from the International Music Camp currently taking place at the International Peace Garden for the 57th year. The members are Tim Farrell from the University of South Dakota, and Minot State University’s Mark Boren, trumpeters; Arlene Shiplett from Saskatchewan on horn; Tom Zugger from Capitol University of Ohio on trombone; and William Winkle from Boise State in Idaho on tuba. Their repertoire is varied, from baroque to jazz, and as to quality, each is also an instructor at the IMC.

The visual artist is quilter Gladys Lowell.

Minot City Band’s “Showcase Concert,” Sunday, 4 and 7 p.m.,

Oak Park

Sunday’s performances at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. are by the Minot City Band, with its “Showcase Concert.”

“We’ve got several featured soloists,” said director Jerry Spitzer. “Eric Anderson on his cello, flautist Ann Jermiason, and a trumpet trio – that’s Pat Schwan, Wayne Schempp and Steve Veikley. We’ve got a fandango for mallet percussion and band with Avis Veikley and Justin Goetz. Jazmine Spitzer will play a bari-sax on a medley from ‘Les Mis’ and that’s an instrument you probably haven’t seen before.”

They’re doing several marches, including “Red’s White and Blue” and “Zacatecas,” a Mexican number, and the “Bombasto March.”

The visual artist is Aaron Michaels with his photography.

In the event of inclement weather, all performances will be canceled. Terri Aldrich, executive director of MACA, suggests bringing a lawn chair to ensure comfortable seating, and reminds you to look for the fundraising “flowers” to make free will donations during the performances. Popcorn and water will be available for sale.