Performing arts series starts next month

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The newly-formed Benson Arts Council is in the early stages of promoting Benson Public Schools’ new Performing Arts Center.
The effort features a yearly concert series, offering a wide variety of entertainment. With two performances now lined up, the arts council says it is well on its  way to achieving that goal in 2022.
“We strongly believe the performing arts are an important part of the community,” Shelly Mikkelson, a member of the council, said.
Sunday, Feb. 20, Matt Vee and the Killer Vees will be performing an “I Am, He Said.” It is a celebration of the music of Neil Diamond with the concert set to start at 7 p.m. 
This is one of their most notable shows which has been seen by tens of thousands of people nationwide, Mikkelson said.  Matt Vee, singer, guitarist, songwriter, recording artist is the nephew of legendary 60s pop-star Bobby Vee.  Matt tours internationally with his cousins and band-mates Jeff and Tommy Vee (sons of Bobby Vee) and wife Julie Velline. 
Reserved seating tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at or at the door.
Six Appeal, an a cappella group from Minneapolis, will be performing at 7 p.m., Tuesday, March 22.  Six Appeal began as a collegiate hobby for its members in 2006 at Concordia College in Moorhead. 
Growing into a professional ensemble based in 2010, Six Appeal transformed their sound and style, adding new full-time members and expanding their area of influence. At the beginning of 2010, Six Appeal introduced their first female members, advancing into the new decade with a wider range of songs, talent, and voices, Mikkelson said.
In addition to performing around the world, Six Appeal has a passion for sharing its love of a cappella music with every audience, an essential aspect of their ongoing mission is to empower young singers in their educational outreach program.  Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for students and can be purchased online or at the door.
“We are hoping for sellout crowds and encourage everyone to reserve tickets early,” Mikkelson said.

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