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Review: Ballet Hispanico offers playful night of hats and Havana hotness

January 15, 2016 12:28 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Caroline Palmer, Star Tribune Ballet Hispanico turned up the heat at the Ordway in St. Paul on a chilly Thursday night. The 45-year-old New York troupe showed off its signature repertory informed by the dance and music of Latin America and Spain. The energetic evening began with an ode to smooching and concluded with a swinging nightclub scene straight out of Havana. “El Beso” (2014), choreographed by Gustavo Ramírez Sansano, is set to Spanish ... more

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Ordway Presents ‘A Chorus Line’, Announces Full Cast

January 14, 2016 2:54 pm | 3 Comments

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is excited to present A Chorus Line, Feb. 16-28. Tickets for the Ordway produced musical start at $37 and can be purchased here. A Chorus Line is sponsored by U.S. Bank. Based on recordings of sessions with real professional dancers, A Chorus Line tells the stories of 17 dancers all vying for a spot in the chorus line of a Broadway musical. Set on a bare stage during ... more

Jamie Grant

Ordway’s new chief is a man for our (hockey) seasons

January 12, 2016 12:23 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press A new year brings a new president and CEO for the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, which hired veteran administrator Jamie Grant for the job vacated last month when Patricia Mitchell retired. A native of Toronto, Grant will move to the Twin Cities with his wife, Christine Bird, to take over the position in April. Grant currently has the same job at Long Center in Austin, Texas, and he ... more

Jamie Grant

St. Paul’s Ordway Center hires Toronto-bred Jamie Grant as CEO

January 12, 2016 12:13 pm | Leave your thoughts

The Canadian-bred arts leader, who runs a similar facility in Austin, Texas, starts this spring. By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune   The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has a new leader: Jamie Grant, 55, who got his start in Toronto and now runs a performing arts center in Austin, Texas. When he begins as president and CEO sometime in the spring, Grant will succeed Patricia Mitchell, who steered the Ordway for the past eight ... more

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Ordway Names Jamie Grant as New President and CEO

January 12, 2016 9:01 am | 2 Comments

January 12, 2016 The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts announced today that its board of directors has selected Jamie Grant as the organization’s next president and CEO. Grant is expected to assume the new role in the spring. He succeeds former Ordway President and CEO Patricia A. Mitchell, who retired at the end of 2015 after eight years in the position, but has agreed to extend her term to assist in the transition. “Patricia ... more

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Exit interview: Lessons from the Ordway’s peacemaking leader Patricia Mitchell

January 11, 2016 10:57 am | Leave your thoughts

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune The vivacious and personable Patricia Mitchell has just ended a nearly eight-year tenure as president of Ordway Center, St. Paul’s glittering multi-arts venue on Rice Park. Her watch coincided with a critical juncture in the Ordway’s 30-year life. She achieved harmony with the fractious “arts partners” that compete for space on the Ordway’s calendar: the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and Schubert Club. The partners, in turn, collaborated to ... more

Patricia A. Mitchell (Photo by Jean Pieri, Pioneer Press)

Retiring Ordway leader plans to stay close to twin loves – the arts and Minnesota

December 29, 2015 10:54 am | Comments Off on Retiring Ordway leader plans to stay close to twin loves – the arts and Minnesota

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press If résumés included reasons for leaving jobs, a phrase that would pop up repeatedly on Patricia Mitchell’s is, “but then I realized I really missed the arts.” It’s what the veteran arts administrator said to herself when she left a job with a Los Angeles literacy agency to become president and CEO of the Ordway in 2007. It’s also what she said several times earlier when her career detoured to ... more

Billie Wildrick as Maria (Photo by Rich Ryan Photography)

Simplicity in the Suburbs reviews “The Sound of Music”

December 18, 2015 10:52 am | 2 Comments

By Samara Postuma, Simplicity in the Suburbs The hills are alive…with the sound of music. And that’s especially true at the Ordway this month. I was very excited about The Sound of Music coming to The Ordway and the show did not disappoint. The beloved musical was well done by a large, talented cast and while the storyline was of course, unchanged, there were a few surprises. Billie Wildrick does a phenomenal job as Maria and ... more

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Lavender Magazine interviews Dieter Bierbrauer

December 18, 2015 10:32 am | Comments Off on Lavender Magazine interviews Dieter Bierbrauer

By Shane Lueck, Lavender Magazine The Sound of Music is coming to the Ordway this holiday season! Don’t miss your chance to experience the timeless Rodgers & Hammerstein classic that will teach you how to live, laugh, and love all over again. Maria, the Captain, and the adventurous von Trapp children will warm your heart with iconic songs like “My Favorite Things,” “Do Re Mi,” and “Edelweiss.” Dieter Bierbrauer is a veteran of the Ordway stage and ... more

Billie Wildrick and Dieter Bierbrauer (Photo by Rich Ryan Photography)

Sound of Music hits a high note

December 15, 2015 4:37 pm | Comments Off on Sound of Music hits a high note

By Vineeta Sawkar and Rohan Preston, Star Tribune   Theater critic Rohan Preston has high praise for Ordway’s production of The Sound of Music, calling it “[a] beautiful production” and saying, “It’s all about music, and it’s done really well.”