The blog of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
By Dayna Martinez, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
In the midst of starting construction on the brand new 1,100-seat Concert Hall, which will open in Spring, 2015, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts is getting ready for a busy summer!
We kick off the summer season with the Flint Hills 2013 International Children’s Festival, which begins on May 28th with four days of performances for over 15,000 school children, and then culminates in a fun Family Weekend on June 1st and 2nd. The Festival this year features five international artists:
Story Time Garden - Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Photo: Peter B Myers
On Saturday, June 8th, the Ordway is excited to be participating in this year’s Northern Spark Festival, which is an all-night festival of art and culture taking place in and around the Union Depot in Lowertown, Saint Paul. We’ll be representing by throwing a good, old-fashioned 50’s Style Sock Hop, to get ready for Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, which plays at the Ordway June 11-16. For more information about Northern Spark, click here. And, to find out more about Buddy and to purchase tickets, click here.
Starting on June 13th, our very popular Summer Dance series begins. Summer Dance is a free, weekly social dance event, Thursday evenings in June and July. Each week is a different dance and music genre and the evening starts out with a dance lesson taught by professional dance instructors. Then the live, local band takes the stage and folks can dance the night away showing off the skills they learned during the dance lesson. This year, Summer Dance takes place right in the middle of Rice Park! To check out the 2013 Summer Dance lineup, click here.
Finally, single tickets will go on sale for our 2013-14 Season on June 16th. It’s a great theatrical season featuring touring Broadway shows such as Miss Saigon and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Wizard of Oz, plus the Ordway’s own Broadway Songbook series. The Target® World Music and Dance Series will bring athletic hip-hop dance from Philadelphia with the company Rennie Harris Puremovement, and beautiful a cappella harmonies from South Africa with Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Check out the full 13-14 season here.
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Summer Dance is fun for all! Dance instruction during a 2012 Summer Dance event. Photo: Peter B Myers