Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

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  • Call the Box Office at 651-224-4222 for specific ticket information or check online at ordway.org

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  • Located in downtown Saint Paul, MN, at the corner of Fifth and Washington Streets, across from Rice Park.

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  1. Annie

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Leapin’ Lizards! Annie is coming to the Ordway! One of the best-loved musicals of all time brings to live the extraordinary story of an orphan who ends up in the lap of luxury. Driven by her eternal optimism and spunky demeanor, Annie and her dog Sandy greet presidents, escape the clutches of the greedy Miss Hannigan, and search for a family to call their own. Filled with unforgettable songs such as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” and “Tomorrow,” Annie returns in time-honored form.

  2. Black Violin

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Black Violin is the blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass music. Live, they are accompanied by their incredible band, featuring ace turntable whiz DJ SPS and a drummer. Named one of the hottest bands at SXSW in 2013, Black Violin was invited to perform at Bonnaroo and returned to SXSW this year to SRO crowds.

    Since starting Black Violin a decade ago Wil Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester have performed an average of 200 shows a year in 49 states and 36 countries as far away as Dubai, Prague, and South Africa, while appearing at official NFL celebrations for three Super Bowls and last year’s U.S. Open in Forest Hills with Jordin Sparks. Their groundbreaking collaboration has seen them play their music for everybody from the troops in Iraq to both the official President’s Inaugural Ball and the Kids Inaugural in Washington, DC, where Barack Obama himself gave each a hearty hand-shake. Individually and together, Black Violin has collaborated with the likes of P. Diddy, Kanye West, 50 Cent, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles.

  3. Cantus presents Christmas with Cantus

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Storytelling is a wondrous and meaningful part of the holiday season. In Christmas with Cantus, Cantus reimagines beloved stories through familiar carols and new holiday hits. Featuring narrated passages from such classic holiday tales as A Christmas Carol, Gift of the Magi, and ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, Christmas with Cantus reminds us of the meaning and joy of the season with fresh perspective and just the right amount of nostalgia.

  4. Diavolo presents L.O.S.T.

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Diavolo Architecture in Motion uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim steers Diavolo’s diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit. Meticulously designed bespoke architectural structures serve as the central inspiration for each work, activated by the stylistically varied and intensely physical choreography which has become the hallmark of this truly original company throughout its rich 25 year history. Through The DIAVOLO Institute the company also provides educational and outreach opportunities to people of all ages and abilities while touring internationally and at home in Los Angeles, sharing the pioneering art form and the power of dance as a means of social impact.

    L.O.S.T. [Losing One’s Self Temporarily]

    Throughout the course of our human experience, we teeter between vulnerability and control, losing and reshaping ourselves as we traverse though our daily lives and work. A full evening experience in two parts, L.O.S.T. features Diavolo’s newest works – “Passengers” and “Cubicle” – and boldly tackles the essence of what both divides and unites us.

  5. Ladysmith Black Mambazo

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    For over 50 years, South Africa’s Ladysmith Black Mambazo has warmed the hearts of audiences worldwide with their uplifting vocal harmonies, signature dance moves, and charming onstage banter. With a deep respect for both their cultural and personal history, Ladysmith Black Mambazo is ever-evolving with an eye toward their long musical legacy. Over the years, the original members have welcomed a younger generation in their mission, passing along the tradition of storytelling and spreading their message of peace, love, and harmony to millions of people. The newer members, in turn, have infused the group with their youthful energy and the promise of a bright future. Ladysmith Black Mambazo founder Joseph Shabalala looks to these young men to carry on his dream to “keep South Africa alive in people’s hearts” for years to come.

    Ordway Pre-Show Extra

    Friday, February 23, 2018
    6:30PM | Target Atrium

    Join us one hour before the show for the Ordway Extra to learn about the evening’s performance genre(s) and topics through lecture, dialogue, or demonstration of an art form during this 30-minute pre-show event. The speakers are primarily Twin Cities-based and have expertise on the evening’s topics, connecting the touring performance to the local art scene.

  6. Lila Downs

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    One of the world’s most singular voices, Lila Downs’ poignant storytelling transcends all language barriers. Raised in Minnesota and Oaxaca, this global superstar’s exquisite artistry bridges traditions from across the Americas, with influences ranging from the folk and ranchera music of Mexico and South America to North American folk, jazz, blues, and hip-hop. As a passionate human-rights activist, Lila’s lyrics often highlight issues relating to social justice, sharing stories that too often go untold.

    Lila’s most recent release, Balas y Chocolate, went platinum in Mexico and she looks forward to sharing a new Sony album with audiences in Spring 2017. Lila has graced the stages of many of the world’s most prestigious festivals and venues including Jazz at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Festival of Sacred Music — Hollywood Bowl. She has been invited to sing at the White House, and performed on the Academy Awards and Latin Grammy Awards telecasts. Her music has also been included in several feature films such as The Counselor, Tortilla Soup, Real Women Have Curves, The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, Carlos Saura’s Fados, Mariachi Gringo, and Hecho en Mexico.

  7. Linda Eder

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Showcasing one of the greatest voices of our time, Linda Eder’s diverse repertoire spans Broadway, Standards, Pop, Country, and Jazz. When she performs “live” in concert, it is amazing to experience the ease with which she moves back and forth from one genre to another as if she were gifted with the vocal ability to perform each genre as well as all the others.

    She has appeared on television numerous times. TrailMIX, her prime time Animal Planet special about singers with a passion for horses, was a natural extension of her love for animals and featured Linda interviewing fellow recording artists and performers Sheryl Crow, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Irish tenor Ronan Tynan, Rob Thomas, and Aerosmith’s Joe Perry. She has been featured on numerous PBS television concert specials including Clay Aiken’s Tried & True, Hallelujah Broadway, Linda Eder: The PBS Concert, Best of Broadway: Broadway The Leading Ladies, Best of Broadway: The Love Songs, Jim Brickman Plays The Disney Songbook, and more. Her 2001 Holiday Concert, Christmas Stays the Same, was broadcast on Bravo TV and continues to be a popular selling DVD.

    The concert stage remains the mainstay of Eder’s career. She has performed for sold-out crowds in venues across the country and throughout Europe. She has performed at many prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, The Palace Theatre, Radio City Music Hall, Wolftrap, New York City’s Town Hall, Davies Hall, among many others. Always touring in great company, her collaborators have included the late Oscar-winning composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch, Emmy and Grammy winner Michael Feinstein, and conductor of the Boston Pops Keith Lockhart. Eder is happiest on stage singing for her audiences and spreading the joy she exudes.

  8. Schubert Club: Avi Avital, mandolin & Sergio and Odair Assad, guitar

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments. Acknowledged by The New York Times for his “exquisitely sensitive playing” and “stunning agility,” Avi Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a GRAMMY nomination in the category “Best Instrumental Soloist.” After a wildly successful performance with Schubert Club Mix in 2015 (view the video highlights here), we are delighted to welcome him back to hear another side of his playing.
    Sérgio and Odair Assad are Brazilian-born brothers who have taken the classical guitar world by storm. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the guitar/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, and many others. The Assads last performed on our Music in the Park Series to a sold-out audience in May 2015. Hearing the musical talents of all three musicians together, all making their debuts on this series, will be a magical event.

  9. Sir Andras Schiff, piano

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Pianist Sir Andras Schiff is known as one of the most renowned interpreters of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Schumann. A Hungarian-born British classical pianist and conductor, he started piano at the age of five and has since received numerous major awards and honors, including the Grammy Award, Gramophone Award, Mozart Medal, and Royal Academy of Music Bach Prize. In 2014, Sir András was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his services to music. For his October 29 Schubert Club recital, he will perform a program featuring Mendelssohn, Beethoven, Brahms and Bach on the Ordway Music Theater stage. This will be his first Schubert Club recital in over 20 years, and we are thrilled to welcome him back to the Ordway stage. We advise you purchase your tickets early, as we expect this concert to sell out well in advance!

  10. Spectrum Dance Theater presents A Rap on Race

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    In 1970, two towering personalities of the American intelligentsia, black author and social critic James Baldwin and white anthropologist Margaret Mead, sat together and recorded a conversation on what is a defining subject of the American experience—race. Now, more than 40 years later, two contemporary artistic icons, Anna Deavere Smith and legendary choreographer Donald Byrd, re-imagine this monumental moment in history into a genre-obliterating evening of “theater for the 21st Century.”

    Ordway Pre-Show Extra

    Saturday, January 13, 2018
    6:30PM | Target Atrium

    Join us one hour before the show for the Ordway Extra to learn about the evening’s performance genre(s) and topics through lecture, dialogue, or demonstration of an art form during this 30-minute pre-show event. The speakers are primarily Twin Cities-based and have expertise on the evening’s topics, connecting the touring performance to the local art scene.

  11. Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Since 1981, two time Grammy award-winning artist Terrance Simien has been shattering the myths about what his indigenous Zydeco roots music is—and is not. Leading his 5 piece, highly-skilled, and well-traveled Zydeco Experience band, Simien has become one of the most respected and accomplished artists in American roots music today. He and his band mates have performed over 7500 concerts and toured millions of miles to over 45 countries during their eventful career.

    2016 marked Simien’s 30th consecutive performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival—the gold standard for showcasing and celebrating Louisiana music alongside more mainstream popular music. In 2014 Simien and his band mates garnered their second Grammy award for “Dockside Sessions” produced by George Receli, Bob Dylan’s long time drummer.

    Ordway Pre-Show Extra

    Saturday, February 10, 2018
    6:30PM | Target Atrium

    Join us one hour before the show for the Ordway Extra to learn about the evening’s performance genre(s) and topics through lecture, dialogue, or demonstration of an art form during this 30-minute pre-show event. The speakers are primarily Twin Cities-based and have expertise on the evening’s topics, connecting the touring performance to the local art scene.

  12. The Illusionists presents Adam Trent

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Direct from Broadway, Adam Trent, the break out star of the world’s best-selling magic show The Illusionists, brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to this 90-minute spectacle. Produced by the same creative team behind The Illusionists brand, Adam Trent’s production is an immersive entertainment extravaganza of magic, comedy and music perfect for the entire family. Don’t miss the next generation of magic!

  13. The Okee Dokee Brothers

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids. Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their GRAMMY Award Winning album Can You Canoe? and was the first in their Adventure Album Series. Their trek along the Appalachian Trail was the subject of their follow up release, Through the Woods. Their latest album, Saddle Up is a joyous adventure through the American West. With songs written by campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music. The Okee Dokee Brothers make room for kids to dance, for parents to share stories, and for everyone to gain respect for nature, each other, and the world we live in.

    Lap Passes

    Lap passes will be $5 each, and will only be available at the ticket office the day of the performance. They are for children under 3 only.

    There are a limited number of passes allowed for these events, and will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis while quantities last.

    Ordway Pre-Show Play & Learn

    Saturday, September 30, 2017
    10:00AM | Target Atrium

    Don’t miss out on the free “Play & Learn” lobby one hour before each Family Series performance at the Ordway. Filled with art activities, music, and movement demonstrations designed to enhance the performance, it’s fun for the entire family!

  14. The Rose Ensemble with Piffaro

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Five hundred years ago, a monk named Martin Luther set in motion a spiritual movement that would transform church music for his followers. In this exciting collaboration with one of the world’s finest consort of Renaissance wind instruments, we present works by first-generation Reformation composers Johann Walther, Leonhard Lechner, and Michael Praetorius, as well as our ground-breaking reconstruction of a 1616 royal baptismal mass. Don’t miss this historic concert featuring the strength of twenty musicians on stage and the opportunity to join in singing the iconic hymn Ein feste burg (“A Mighty Fortress”).

    Audio-Description will be provided for this concert.

  15. The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Celebrating their 45th anniversary in 2017, The Manhattan Transfer continues to set the standard as one of the world’s greatest and most innovative vocal groups. Winners of ten Grammy Awards, with millions of records sold worldwide, this amazing quartet is building upon the extraordinary legacy created by founder Tim Hauser who organized the four-part harmony group on October 1, 1972 in New York City. Now consisting of Janis Siegel (alto), Alan Paul (tenor), Cheryl Bentyne (soprano), and newcomer Trist Curless (bass) who replaced Hauser following his passing on October 16, 2014, the group is proud to extend Hauser’s vision more than four decades later.

    Defying categorization, The Manhattan Transfer became the first act to win Grammy Awards in the pop and jazz categories in one year, 1981: Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “Boy From New York City” (a cover of the 1964 song by The Ad Libs), and Best Jazz Performance Duo or Group for “Until I Met You (Corner Pocket).”

    After 45 years, The Manhattan Transfer continues to raise the bar, and set even higher standards.

  16. Will Downing: Soulful Sounds of Christmas

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 224-4222

    Usher in the spirit of the holiday season with SOULFUL SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS featuring WILL DOWNING presented by ACT Jams Productions.

    With a career that spans over 27 years and 18 albums, Will Downing is one of the most versatile and loved voices of our time. His repertoire consists of signature interpretations of R&B classics like “I Go Crazy,” “Wishing On A Star” and “I Try,” with original hits “A Million Ways,” “Sorry I” and the show-stopping duet with Rachelle Ferrell, “Nothing Has Ever Felt Like This.” His distinctive baritone voice has resonated in the hearts of women world-wide and carved a unique niche in the music marketplace.

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