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Ordway Summer Dance Series Featured on Twin Cities Live

July 14, 2014 10:50 am | Leave your thoughts

Local TV show Twin Cities Live featured the Ordway Summer Dance Series on its July 10 episode. Assistant Producer Mike Marcotte included the event in his weekly “What’s Happening” segment. He even came out for Swing Night to learn a few moves himself. Watch the entire segment here (Summer Dance starts around the 3:10 minute remaining mark).


Broadway Songbook: Comden and Green

Broadway World: A Little Education from James Rocco on BROADWAY SONGBOOK: COMDEN & GREEN

June 13, 2014 9:54 am | 1 Comment

Written by Kristen Hirsch Montag, Broadway World James Rocco’s BROADWAY SONGBOOK series at The Ordway Center for Performing Arts in Saint Paul, Minn., is a treasure for anyone who has an iPod full of showtunes and should earn continuing education credits for audience members who gain a wealth of knowledge in theatre history over the course of the show. Bonus: the performers are locals who are Twin Cities stars but could be starring on the ... more


Concert Hall

Arts Partnership Reveals Names of Newly Constructed Concert Hall and Adjoining Spaces

June 12, 2014 10:11 am | Comments Off

The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit collaboration between the Minnesota Opera, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Schubert Club and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, has announced the official names of the newly constructed concert hall and adjoining spaces at the Ordway. The new facilities, which are expected to open in February 2015, replace the former 300-seat McKnight Theatre. The first floor lobby and outside area in front of the Ordway will be designated as ... more


Ordway Rendering

Pioneer Press: Ordway announces simple names for new spaces

June 12, 2014 10:11 am | Comments Off

Written by Chris Hewitt, Pioneer Press As construction at St. Paul’s Ordway Center for the Performing Arts begins to take shape, the addition is also getting a name. Or rather, names. The new, 1,100-seat concert hall — replacing the 300-seat McKnight Theatre, which was torn down — will take the low-key name of Concert Hall. A plaque will note the contributions of John and Ruth Huss, donors to the Ordway for more than three decades. ... more


Photo: Kyndell Harkness, Star Tribune

Star Tribune: Couple who gave $10M to Ordway project decline naming rights

June 12, 2014 10:10 am | Comments Off

Written by Rohan Preston, Star Tribune St. Paul philanthropists John and Ruth Huss gave $10 million, the lead gift, to build the new concert hall at Ordway Center. But the couple declined to have the 1,100-seat venue named after them. Instead, it will have a posted plaque indicating their support and will simply be known as the concert hall, officials said Wednesday. “They felt that the [1,900-seat] music hall did not have a name, so ... more


"Cornbead" Harris Sr.

‘Cornbread’ Harris among Sally Award winners

June 11, 2014 8:58 am | Comments Off

By Rohan Preston James Samuel “Cornbread” Harris Sr., the legendary Twin Cities musician who was inducted in the Minnesota Blues Hall of Fame in 2012, has won a Sally Award, the Ordway Center announced Monday. Harris, 87, is a pianist, composer and singer who also is the father of music producer Jimmy Jam. He is the best-known figure among this year’s honorees. The awards, in their 22nd year, are given annually by the Ordway to ... more


22nd Annual Sally Awards

The Ordway Announces 2013 Sally Ordway Irvine Award Recipients

June 11, 2014 8:57 am | Comments Off

Media Contact: Jessica Petrie651-282-3113  jpetrie@ordway.org   The Ordway Announces 2013 Sally Ordway Irvine Award Recipients 22nd annual Sally Awards honor extraordinary achievements in Commitment, Initiative, Education, Arts Access and Vision   Saint Paul, Minn., (June 9, 2014) – The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today announced the recipients of the 2013 Sally Ordway Irvine Awards. Now in its 22nd year, the Sally Awards honor extraordinary achievement in the visual, performing and literary arts. The 2013 Sally ... more


Flying Foot Forum presents “Alice in Wonderland” at Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Photo: RICHARD SPAULDING

Star Tribune: Flint Hills fest offers kaleidoscope of global performance

May 30, 2014 2:55 pm | Comments Off

By Rohan Preston For its 14th year, the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival has its own mobile app, which should be a help with parking and planning. More than 50,000 people are expected to descend on downtown St. Paul this weekend to see performances in such Rice Park venues as Ordway Center, Landmark Center and the Lehr Theater. Cirque Mechanics’ Gantry Bike is one of the most eye-catching acts in this year’s lineup. It is an ... more


Charlotte Greenblatt, cq, performed a hand balance act with the Cirque Mechanics' Gantry Bike performance during the 14th Annual Flint Hills International Children's Festival, Thursday, May 27, 2014 in St. Paul, MN. They performed to passing students in the Landmark Plaza on Washington Street. Photo: Elizabeth Flores

Cirque Mechanics set loose their Gantry Bike at the Festival

May 29, 2014 1:55 pm | Comments Off

Cirque Mechanics set loose a Gantry Bike, a 20-foot-tall bicycle-powered machine that moved through crowds at Rice Park on Tuesday in St. Paul, with aerialists, contortionists and acrobats performing their daredevil feats. The performances, which continue through Friday at landmark Plaza, preview the 14th annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival this Saturday and Sunday in St. Paul. See photos of their performance: Star Tribune, Pioneer Press Join us at the Festival this Saturday and Sunday, May ... more


Dayna Martinez on WCCO 4 News at Noon

Watch Festival Artistic Director Dayna Martinez on WCCO 4 News At Noon

May 27, 2014 3:12 pm | Comments Off

Ordway’s Artistic Director of World Music, Dance and the International Children’s Festival Dayna Martinez joins WCCO 4 News at Noon to talk about this year’s Flint Hills International Children’s Festival taking place this weekend, May 31 – June 1.  Learn more about the 2014 Festival