Grimm schedules local event, interviewA welcome-home event has been scheduled for Ellsworth native and former American Idol contestant Reed Grimm, who will also be featured in an area radio show this week.
A welcome-home event has been scheduled for Ellsworth native and former American Idol contestant Reed Grimm, who will also be featured in an area radio show this week.
The welcome-back event will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ellsworth High School.
To help control numbers, free tickets are being handed out on a first-come, first-served basis from the Ellsworth High School office starting today. Tickets are limited to six per person. There are 600 tickets.
Grimm will sign autographs after talking with the audience and singing.
At 5 p.m. Friday he will be featured on Spectrum West, which airs on 88.7 WRFW/River Falls and 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire.
Host Al Ross will talk with Grimm about his American Idol experience. His time on the show ended after a March 1 elimination.
Grimm will talk about what it is like to reside and succeed in the competitive world of American Idol and about the next step in his music career.
Other topics on Friday’s Spectrum West will include the opening of Gatsby’s Supper Club at the Hyde Center for the Arts, the opening of the original musical “Righteous in Hudson” and upcoming concert events in Eau Claire.
Ross will also be joined by Jerry Way, the writer and director of “Gatsby’s Supper Club,” which opens Thursday, March 15, at the Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls.
Correspondent Jim Oliver will talk with Jim Zimmerman about his original production “Righteous.” The play, a musical biography of the Righteous Brothers, opens March 16 at the St. Croix Off-Broadway Dinner Theatre in Hudson.
Barry Hitt, the executive director of the Chippewa Valley Symphony Orchestra, will preview this Saturday’s concert, Victory, at the State Theatre in Eau Claire. The orchestra will present pieces by Beethoven, Brahms and Sibelius. The evening will feature performances by members of the Chippewa Valley Youth Symphony and will include a performance by Gina Cruciani, this year’s Kristo Young Artist Competition winner.
Spectrum West is a weekly program exploring the music, arts and humanities in western Wisconsin. The show includes behind-the-scenes interviews and stories about area writers, musicians, theater and visual arts. It is heard weekly on Friday nights from 5 to 6 p.m. on Ideas 88.3 WHWC/Menomonie-Eau Claire and 88.7 WRFW/River Falls.