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The Ordway’s Concert Hall: A user’s guide

March 2, 2015 9:41 am | Leave your thoughts

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has been around for 30 years, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has been in existence for 57 — but both feel brand-new with the March 1 opening of the SPCO’s new home, the Concert Hall. Rehearsals and invitation-only concerts have been going on for the past month, but the public will get its first look at the $42 million Concert Hall on ... more

KARE-TV: Ordway’s new concert hall ready for its close up

February 26, 2015 11:06 am | Leave your thoughts

By Pat Evans, KARE 11 The Ordway’s new 42 million dollar, 1,100 seat concert hall is finally ready for its close up. For certain its a feast for the eyes with all its gleaming copper and glass, but the real treat will be for the ears when audiences experience music inside the new hall. A month long series of events is taking place to celebrate the opening and the 30th anniversary of the Ordway beginning ... more


Ananya Dance Theatre to premiere new work during Rock The Ordway

February 26, 2015 10:52 am | Leave your thoughts

Local contemporary Indian dance company, Ananya Dance Theatre, will premiere its new work, “Aahvaan: Invoking the Cities,” on March 11 as part of Rock The Ordway, the grand opening celebration of the new Concert Hall. The Ordway-commissioned piece, which reflects on the rich, layered history of the Twin Cities, has been imagined as a multi-disciplinary event—part participatory performance installation and part traditional concert experience. Tickets to see the world premiere of “Aahvaan: Invoking the Cities” are ... more

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Star Tribune: Ordway expands its own production program with American classics

February 26, 2015 9:14 am | Leave your thoughts

The St. Paul venue will produce three classics in a season that begins in August   By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune As its new $42 million concert hall comes online, the Ordway Center of St. Paul will produce three big musicals next season. The concert hall, which is the principal home of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, relieves pressure on the mainstage music hall where the Ordway presents and produces Broadway-style shows. The 30th anniversary ... more

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Pioneer Press: Ordway season to offer more Broadway than usual

February 26, 2015 9:10 am | Leave your thoughts

By Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press There’s more Broadway than usual next season at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, which was announced Monday night. A rarity — a performer touring in the musical for which she was a Tony nominee last year — will come to St. Paul in “A Night With Janis Joplin,” starring Mary Bridget Davies. She plays Joplin in a jukebox musical that celebrates the late singer and her love of ... more

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Ordway Announces 2015-2016 Season

February 24, 2015 10:05 am | Leave your thoughts

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts has unveiled its 2015-2016 season. The 30th anniversary season includes a wide variety of Broadway musicals, world music concerts, dance performances and Broadway Songbook® offerings which reflect the Ordway’s mission of bringing the finest performing arts to Saint Paul. Subscription packages are now on sale for the Ordway 2015-2016 season, with single tickets going on sale on June 8, 2015.   2015-2016 Ordway Theater Season   The Pirates ... more

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Star Tribune: New Ordway Concert Hall fulfills a 30-year-old promise

February 23, 2015 12:08 pm | Leave your thoughts

It’s a new era for St. Paul and the house that Sally Ordway Irvine built. By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune Wet paint glistened on the staircases of the new $42 million hall at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts a few days ago. Workers were putting the final touches on a venue that will polish St. Paul’s reputation as an arts and culture hub. Opening with a gala Feb. 28, the 1,100-seat Ordway Concert Hall ... more

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Onstage Spotlight: Camille A. Brown & Dancers

February 20, 2015 1:22 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Kristin Tillotson, Star Tribune   Camille A. Brown & Dancers Feb. 21: A discussion-generating article published on last week in the wake of another Kanye West awards-show opining posits that white performers are given a “roomier identity” in which to explore their art than are black performers. Camille A. Brown and company are well-equipped to weigh in on the topic via twirls, stomps and graceful gyrations. Brave, smart and a heckuva lot of ... more

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Review: “Contra-Tiempo – A True Feast”

February 10, 2015 8:33 am | Leave your thoughts

Written by Slices of the Minneapple   I heard many excited conversations in the Ordway lobby as family and friend clusters gathered to attend Contra-Tiempo.  What a great concert – dance, food, stories, and culture – plus so much more.  If you missed my last post, my interview with Co-director Ana Maria Alvarez, check it out here. Contra-Tiempo’s featured piece “Full Still Hungry” was actually a three-part evening-length work that included several dances in each ... more

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WCCO-TV: New Ordway Show Feeds Viewers Message About Hunger

February 6, 2015 10:01 am | Leave your thoughts

By Angela Davis, WCCO-TV     A show at the Ordway Center in St. Paul this weekend has an unusual name and a powerful message. It’s called “Full Still Hungry” and uses dancers, costumes and a live band to spark a meaningful conversation about food. A dance company from Los Angeles called “Contra-Tiempo” came up with the concept. They’ve toured the world with a performance that’s generating a lot of interest in the idea of food justice. At first, energetic movements ... more