Pioneer Press: Ordway plans month-long celebration for new Concert Hall

Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press 9/9/14

If the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts had a personality, it would be vibrant one day, meditative the next, then full of hilarity, then challenging and provocative. All of those traits will be on view in March, when the venue celebrates the opening of its new Concert Hall with the month-long “Rock the Ordway.”

The month includes the world premiere of Minnesota Opera’s eagerly anticipated “The Manchurian Candidate,” a concert by stage legend Bernadette Peters, soprano Ying Fang’s St. Paul Chamber Orchestra debut in Gustav Mahler’s Fourth Symphony and the Schubert Club’s “Love Songs,” featuring vocal soloists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

The Ordway’s commitment to the music of the world will also be represented, including South African guitarist Vusi Mahlasela in collaboration with flugelhorn master Hugh Masekela, as well as Latin rock band La Santa Cecilia and electro-pop group Helado Negro. Closer to home, local artists Ananya Dance Theatre, Cantus, Haley Bonar and Sounds of Blackness will perform.

You can also check out the new Concert Hall without buying a ticket. Free events include a community open house, a family day and concerts by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies and winners of The Schubert Club’s Student Scholarship Competition (attendees should call ahead for reservations).

Other than “The Manchurian Candidate,” Peters and “When Inspiration Knocks,” the youth symphony concert, all events are in the new Concert Hall.

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