April showers through May flowers to June weddings, springtime is the season of
love. MCS offers a bouquet of romantic blooms, including renaissance madrigals,
English and American folksongs, traditional ballads, Broadway favorites, and
modern classics by Eric Whitacre, Carole King, James Taylor and more. It’s a
concert for everyone who has ever been (or wanted to be) in love.
Arts & Performance
Written by Gabriel Greene & Alex Levy and directed by Jack Reuler
Featuring an All-Star cast including Don Shelby, Thomas W. Jones II, Ansa Akyea, Mark Sieve, and Christopher Rivas
This 18-character 9-scene thriller uses baseball to examine flawed US immigration policies, racial politics, America’s obsession with celebrity, and the collision of personal ethics with massive entertainment and media dollars.
Inspired by the works of Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez (Love in the Time of Cholera), playwright Caridad Svich has created a poetic, romantic adventure of love ignited, denied, rekindled, rejected, and renewed; of love pragmatic and impossible, temporal and eternal; and ultimately of love transforming the human experience.
Join us for a special performance of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart, our 2017 Competition One Act Play on Thursday, February 2nd at 7:00 pm, followed by a talk back with the Director, cast and crew.
Winner of the 2011 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play, Newsweek called it "Extraordinary...a cross-fire of life and death energies that create a fierce and moving human drama."
Get ready for a performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance that’s sure to be unlike anything the Twin Cities has ever seen! Set on Raspberry Island in downtown St. Paul, One Voice Mixed Chorus presents a topsy-turvy, gender-bending musical adventure for the whole family, featuring a lesbian pirate king and her swarthy crew of sailors arriving by speedboat, an uproarious appearance from the Major General’s “daughters,” and more! Soloists showcase One Voice singers along with guest artists from among the Twin Cities’ best musical theater actors.
One Voice returns to the Ordway for Well-Versed, a celebration of LGBTQ youth and an evening of choral music, strings and poetry with New York’s hottest string quartet, Well-Strung. Inspired by the poetry of local LGBTQ youth, Well-Versed also features the premiere of a three-movement composition for One Voice and Well-Strung sponsored by the American Composer’s Forum with text by poetry slam champion, Sierra DeMulder, and music by composer George Maurer.
One Voice Mixed Chorus kicks off their 2017 season on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend with Out of the Shadows, a concert honoring the work of African-American artists and activists. The concert also features the world premiere of One Voice’s largest commission ever, The Man Behind the Dream, a new choral work by composer Steve Milloy and Twin Cities-based librettist Vanessa German. This commission honors the life and work of gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, a mentor to Dr.
December 1–2 Friends of the Minnesota Orchestra transform the atrium, lobby and mezzanine of Orchestra Hall into a hub of eight to nine activity stations where kids and parents can partake in arts and crafts and learn about this year’s production of Peter and the Wolf, given life and humor on stage by prop-assisted actors, while also trying out the instruments they’ll soon be hearing—no extra charge. All ages. $12. Start times vary; check online for details.
December 1–23 We all know that the best presents are homemade, but whether we’re lacking the time or expertise, sometimes homemade goods are just simply too difficult to pull together. Thanks to Minnetonka Center for the Arts, you can take that overwhelming trip to the crowded mall off your schedule. Minnetonka Center for the Arts hosts Arts of the Holidays, a show and sale of handmade art and fine crafts curated specifically for holiday gifts. All ages. Free.
“Minnesotans, Irish-American or not, are so open to Irish music—how melodic it is,” Katie McMahon says. For the 13th year, the Irish soprano and harpist will fill the O’Shaughnessy with traditional European Christmas music, Corda Mór dancers in tow and accompanied this year by choral ensemble Kantorei for an Austrian-German selection. Icy weather notwithstanding, audiences always bring the holiday warmth. “In Minnesota, they just don’t stop for snow,” says McMahon.