2014 Insiders Guide
The Ultimate Resource to the Area's Favorite Everythings
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Burnsville Performing Arts Center
12600 Nicollet Avenue, Burnsville, MN 55337 • 952.895.4685 • www.burnsvillepac.com
» We are... a beautiful, modern performing arts center in Burnsville, featuring regional and national dance, theatre, concerts, comedians, and written word acts. We’re also a great local venue for business and meeting planners looking for unique rental spaces, and brides looking for a memorable wedding and reception location.
» You might not realize... we have a 2,000-square-foot art gallery that is free and open to the public.
» Other highlights: We’re home to two theatres, a 1,014-seat proscenium main stage and 150-seat black box theatre. Our large two-story lobby offers sweeping views of Nicollet Commons Park and the Minneapolis skyline (our second floor alone is 4,000 square feet!) We’re located just off Highways 35W and 13, come visit us!
Ticket Office – Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. • 612-333-6669 • mnopera.org
» We are… a leading American company, admired as an innovative creator of compelling opera productions, programs, and new works.
» Our audiences are… everyone: from grandparents who have subscribed for decades, to high school kids getting their first taste of opera at one of our Student Matinees; from grade school children involved in our training program, Project Opera, to parents enjoying a night out on the town; from seasoned empty nesters, to young professionals trying out opera for the first time through Tempo, our group for opera-goers age 21-39. We see a cross-section of culture from the Twin Cities, from Rochester and St. Cloud, from around the Midwest, and from farther afield.
» We take pride in… presenting the highest artistic quality, innovative and fresh productions and a wide variety of repertoire. The second half of our 2013-2014 season introduces three new productions to Minnesota audiences with some of opera’s greatest talent. Verdi’s masterwork Macbeth, based on Shakespeare’s classic thriller, features bass-baritone Greer Grimsley and audience favorite soprano Brenda Harris. The Dream of Valentino, a tango-tinged opera based on the life of the infamous film sensation and written by Minnesota’s own Dominick Argento, stars internationally acclaimed tenor James Valenti. The season closes with a reimagined, boundary-busting production of Mozart’s masterful comedy The Magic Flute, which has thrilled audiences with its stunning interaction between film animation and live performance.
» You might not realize: Opera is not all about horned-helmeted women, hard-to-understand stories and attendees in tuxedos and furs. It was the popular music of its time and is an art form that continues to thrive because the stories of love, death, life, and the human condition resonate now as much as they did centuries ago. At Minnesota Opera, with translations projected above the stage (even captions for operas in English), our audiences won’t miss a thing. Most importantly, there is no dress code and our tickets start at just $20.
» Other highlights: Get social with Minnesota Opera on Facebook (MinnesotaOpera) and Twitter (@mnopera), watch videos of our performances and interviews with our singers at YouTube (minnesotaopera), pin your favorite production pictures on Pinterest (mnopera), and follow our blog at blog.mnopera.org.
If you blog or tweet, email Communications Manager Daniel Zillmann at email@example.com or sign up at mnop.co/preview for our free Social Media Preview nights, held at the final dress rehearsal of each production.
Northrop at the University of Minnesota
84 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN • Tickets can be purchased online at northrop.umn.edu or by calling 612-624-2345.
A revitalized academic, cultural, and performing arts center is cause for a large celebration, and that’s exactly what’s planned at the new Northrop at the University of Minnesota at their Grand Reopening Gala on April 4, 2014. The grand reopening celebration will showcase the center’s world-class, multipurpose 2,700-seat theater with state-of-the-art-acoustics, clear sightlines, cutting-edge technology, and updated amenities. The new Northrop, complete with a café, coffee bar, smaller 168-seat theater, and multipurpose rehearsal room, will continue to fuel innovation and creativity, and serve students, faculty, artists, and audiences from around the state. It will be a vital center of academic distinction and discovery that brings together three University-wide signature programs: The University Honors Program, the Institute for Advanced Study, and the College of Design’s Travelers Innovation Lab. It will be a bustling, dynamic destination for collaboration and study, central to everyday life on campus.
In honor of the grand reopening, Northrop is putting some of the most compelling artists and thought leaders on the stage this spring, starting with American Ballet Theatre performing Giselle April 4 at 8 p.m., followed by Inside Out After Dark at 10 p.m., a tented party on the Northrop Plaza. Other highlights include provost Karen Hanson talking about Northrop April 7, an evening with novelist David Mitchell April 9, popular website CollegeHumor.com on stage April 10, Condoleezza Rice April 17, contemporary ballet company, Trey McIntyre Project, April 22, a live broadcast of Garrison Keiller’s A Prairie Home Companion April 26, We Can’t Go Home Again, Nicholas Ray’s last experimental film April 29, Osmo Vänskä & the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra May 2, The U of M School of Music’s Symphony Orchestra May 3, Irish singing sensation Daniel O’Donnell June 2, and many, many other performances from April to June. For a full list, check http://northrop.umn.edu/events.