Entertainment can come in all forms to Minnesotans. While some enjoy listening to music or watching movies at home, others long to head out to a venue for live entertainment. Classical music connoisseurs often find that performances are enhanced by the venue they take place in. Minnesota is home to some of the best venues for classical performance, theaters with high ceilings, finely tuned sound systems and the talent to fill the stage. Enjoy any of these classical music performances over the next few months.
New Year’s Eve: Sparkling Gershwin To Ring In The New Year
111 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Date: Dec. 31, 2014, 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Enjoy the classic and traditional music of George and Ira Gershwin on New Year’s Eve. Grammy award-winning soprano Sylvia McNair will be accompanied by the Minnesota Orchestra for two fantastic performances of American classics. The program will cover all of the Gershwin favorites including “The Man I Love” and “Summertime.” Following the late program, guests will be invited to a champagne reception in the lobby of the hall to ring in 2015.
Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra – Bentleyville
Duluth Entertainment Center
350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, MN 55802
Date: Dec. 5, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Kicking off the holiday season and welcoming the tradition of Bentleyville to Duluth, the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra will entertain the community with holiday music and a presentation of Handel’s “Messiah.” Enjoy the lights of Bentleyville and the festivities of the season while listening to traditional and classical pieces performed by a professional orchestra. The symphony orchestra has been in Duluth since the 1930s and continues to entertain North Shore residents throughout the year.
Basilica of St. Mary
88 17th St. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
Date: Jan. 10, 2015 at 2 p.m.
World famous soprano Maria Jette will perform for the Minnesota Sinfonia during their winter concert series. Jette will perform pieces by Puccini and Mozart to a diverse and local audience.The Minnesota Sinfonia is an organization dedicated to bringing classical music and professional performances to the community. All concerts through the Sinfonia are free of charge and children are encouraged to attend as well. Arrive early to claim a good seat and enjoy a magical performance.
Baroque And Classical Masterpieces
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra
408 St. Peter St.
St. Paul, MN 55102
Date: Dec. 5, 2014 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 7, 2014 at 2 p.m.
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra brings a series of chamber music concerts to Minnesota and promotes classical appreciation among the community. With a smaller ensemble than a grand orchestra, the audience can relate to each of the performers and connect the music to individual players. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra tackles some of the most familiar and complex classical pieces within their performance and invites the audience to listen and share the emotional aspects of the music. The Baroque and Classical Masterpiece series will include music by Bach and Mozart, along with other famous and beloved sonatas.
Beethoven Out Of The Shadows
Rochester Symphony Orchestra And Chorale
Lourdes High School
2800 19th St. N.W.
Rochester, MN 55901
Date: Feb. 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 8 at 2 p.m.
One of the most popular and known composers of classical music is Ludwig von Beethoven. Beethoven wrote operas, symphonies, sonatas and many other fantastic pieces that have stood the test of time. In February, the Rochester Symphony Orchestra and Chorale will be performing three very different but very fantastic pieces from Beethoven’s collection. The program consists of an operatic piece, a symphony and three soloists performing Beethoven’s only oratorio.
Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for eight years. She loves covering all things Minnesota and her work can be found on Examiner.com.