“Maggie McCalip has always found music to be healing and uplifting … but much of her love of music has been as a patron, and she says her new job as executive director of the Bemidji Symphony Orchestra is just the right fit,” writes Dennis Doeden in Wednesday’s (11/25) Bemidji Pioneer (Bemidji, MN). Due to the pandemic, the orchestra “has held concerts for limited audiences in the summer and fall. Music Director and Conductor Beverly Everett led smaller ensembles of musicians at each concert. ‘She brings just the right music at the right time,’ McCalip said…. The next performances, ‘Nutcracker Nuevo,’ will be held via livestream from First Lutheran Church [and feature] Tchaikovsky’s iconic Nutcracker Suite arranged for solo piano and a small group of orchestra musicians…. The orchestra is tentatively planning … concerts at the Bluebelle Event Venue in February and March and another in May at a site to be determined…. ‘I’m just touched to be part of an organization that has such a strong sense of community and just such a great relationship with our season ticket holders, our one-time ticket buyers and the businesses in town,’ McCalip said. ‘I’m overwhelmed with the amount of support.’ ”