House plays final concert before retiring
A longtime member of the College of St. Scholastica's music department will play a final concert before she retires.
LeAnn House will perform on four keyboard instruments during the concert that starts at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Mitchell Auditorium. The program includes Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 and a Telemann Concerto on the harpsichord; Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" on an 18th century replica piano; songs by Wolf and Hahn on a 19th century piano; and pieces by Debussy and Bartok on a modern Steinway.
Guest performers will include family members and colleagues — including her husband Shelley Gruskin; daughter Rebecca Gruskin; William Bastian; and Penny Schwarze.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students. For more info, go to spotlight.css.edu.
Wanted: Short shorts
Attention, filmmakers: Are you sitting on a mini-movie? The Duluth Playhouse is now taking submissions for the 12th annual Short Shorts Film Festival, which is open to pros and amateurs from anywhere with a piece that is five minutes or shorter.
The deadline is March 6, and there is a $15 submission fee.
A panel of judges will select the top 15 finalists, and the audience picks the top three winners — with cash prizes ranging from $100-$300.
For guidelines — no nudity; must have original or royalty-free music; and format rules — are available at duluthplayhouse.org/tickets.
The festival is March 18 at The Underground.
Spur along your karaoke career
Heads up, microphone hounds. Spurs on First is hosting a karaoke contest that starts today and runs Thursdays into mid-March.
Thirty singers can perform each week, with the top three advancing to the finals on March 16. The top five win prizes, and the winner gets $500.
There is a $5 entry.