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Ordway President & CEO Patricia A. Mitchell Announces Retirement

May 29, 2015 7:27 am | Leave your thoughts

Patricia A. Mitchell, president and CEO of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, today announced her retirement at the end of 2015. “I’ve enjoyed nearly 50 wonderful years in arts management,” Mitchell said. “My past eight years leading this world-class cultural institution has been the pinnacle of my career and the thrill of a lifetime.” With the completion of the Ordway’s new Concert Hall earlier this year and on the heels of the 30th ... more


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Meet one St. Paul dancer sparked by Flint Hills Children’s Fest

May 28, 2015 12:44 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Jaime DeLage, Pioneer Press Jazmin Glaser-Kelly would be a dancer even if the International Children’s Festival never existed, but she says she wouldn’t be the dancer she is today. Her gestures wouldn’t be as big, she says, and her smile wouldn’t be as bright. And she probably wouldn’t know as much about the dances she performs and teaches if she hadn’t been exposed to so many art forms from so many places. “I don’t ... more


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Here’s the best of the best, at Flint Hills Children’s Fest

May 28, 2015 12:38 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Jaime DeLage, Pioneer Press The Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in St. Paul is among an increasingly rare breed in the United States, organizers say. With the closure a few years ago of the Seattle International Children’s Festival, the only similar festivals left are in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cleveland — and at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. St. Paul organizers make an argument for calling their festival the best in ... more


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Ordway presents the 2015 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

May 28, 2015 12:20 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Insight News Ordway Center for the Performing Arts presents the 15th Annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival in 2015.  The family event – one of the largest children’s festivals of its kind in the country – showcases diverse art, cultures and perspectives from more than 25 different countries. The May 30 – 31 Family Weekend line-up features local, regional and international artists on indoor and outdoor stages in downtown St. Paul’s Rice Park, Landmark ... more


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Ugandan Born Musician Samite to Headline International Children’s Festival at the Ordway

May 26, 2015 1:28 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Kari Mugo, Mshale Ugandan born musician, Samite, is set to headline the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ 15th Annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival this coming weekend, May 30-31st. “The world-class family event – one of the largest children’s festivals of its kind in the country – showcases diverse art, cultures and perspectives from more than 25 different countries,” and “features local, regional and international artists on indoor and outdoor stages in downtown ... more


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Ordway Artistic Director Gives Us a Sneak Peak at 2015 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival

May 26, 2015 1:25 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Jen Sandbo, RedCurrent Celebrating its 15th year, the Flint Hills International Children’s Festival has inspired a generation young audiences by showcasing creativity through performing arts—as well as engaging, hands-on activities. The 2015 festival takes place May 30 and 31. RedCurrent got the inside scoop on the weekend festivities from Dayna Martinez, artistic director of world music, dance and International Children’s Festival. Dayna has worked on the Children’s Festival since it premiered in 2001—minus the two years ... more


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Flint Hills International Children’s Festival features Ugandan flutist, juggling and more

May 26, 2015 1:20 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Rohan Preston, Star Tribune FLINT HILLS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL Tuesday-next Sunday: The fest celebrates its 15th anniversary with performances in and around St. Paul’s Rice Park and Ordway Center. The international roster includes Samite (pictured), a Ugandan marimba player and flutist who is a darling of the world folk circuit; Visible Fictions, a Scottish duo that will perform “Robin Hood”; Mexico’s Antonio Zepeda, who performs on pre-Columbian instruments, and Belgium’s Cirq’ulation Locale, which offers ... more


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‘Camelot’ tour spins classic musical ‘Game of Thrones’-style

May 15, 2015 5:12 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Basil Considine, Twin Cities Daily Planet Take a walk over to Rice Park at night, peer through the glass at the Ordway, and you might notice that the Music Theater has been occupied by a squadron of marauding knights. This armored band bears the crest of a Camelot tour, but the production that they present and represent is not your grandfather’s Camelot. The first thing that stands out about this revamped production is that ... more


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Young Maple Grove actor to grace Ordway stage

May 15, 2015 5:03 pm | Leave your thoughts

By Alicia Miller, Maple Grove Press & News The stage of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts will be graced by Maple Grove resident Alec Fisher. He will be sharing the role of Tom of Warwick in the national Broadway tour of Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot,” which will be performed at the Ordway between now and May 17. Alec, a home schooled ninth grader, is splitting the role with Henry Constable, a Wayzata native ... more