Minnesota Opera, Ordway, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schubert Club to resume indoor performances at the venue beginning this fall
Saint Paul, Minnesota (June 3, 2021) — The Arts Partnership announced today that the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Saint Paul will reopen for performances beginning this September. September will mark the first in-person indoor shows at the Ordway in more than 18 months. The Arts Partnership comprises the four highly acclaimed organizations that perform regularly at the venue—Minnesota Opera, the Ordway, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schubert Club. Each will announce its upcoming season in the coming weeks. “This is the longest that Ordway stages have been dark in our 36-year history,” said Christine Sagstetter, interim president and CEO. “Our organizations are thrilled to soon welcome returning and new guests alike to create special memories at the Ordway once again.” “So much has changed since the Ordway closed its doors in early 2020,” said Ryan Taylor, president and CEO of the Arts Partnership and president and general director of Minnesota Opera. “Our community has faced a pandemic and been a part of renewed calls for social justice here in Minnesota. This reopening will be a meaningful moment for performing arts lovers to finally come together again after a difficult period away.” The Arts Partnership will prioritize health and safety in its reopening plans, following the latest public safety guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the Minnesota Department of Health and local requirements from the City of Saint Paul. In preparation for welcoming audiences back into the building as safely as possible, the Ordway has upgraded its air filtration system to increase air flow and bring in more outside air and has installed high-efficiency MERV 13 air filters. It has also implemented enhanced cleaning practices throughout the building. For more information on these safety protocols, visit Ordway.org. “We cannot wait to experience live events with everyone this fall, and doing so safely for guests, employees and artists is our highest priority,” said Andy Luft, vice president of building operations and production at the Ordway.
Leading up to the reopening this September, each organization has virtual and outdoor events scheduled this summer. Upcoming shows include the Ordway’s Ordway Cabaret: Live at the Loading Dock outdoor performances and Flint Hills Family Festival in June, Minnesota Opera’s Albert Herring streaming from May 22–June 5, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s outdoor concerts June 4–13 and livestream from the Ordway Concert Hall on June 12, and the Schubert Club’s outdoor concerts at the State Fairgrounds June 3–10 and virtual concerts to be announced this summer.