Arts & Performance

MacPhail Spotlight Series: The World Through Jazz

Join us for a musical exploration of the world through jazz. Curated by Christopher Rochester, newly appointed Jazz Coordinator at MacPhail, this program explores jazz and how it travels through various parts of our planet.

Experience the stark differences, but also similarities, between Bossa Nova, Afro Cuban, Flamenco, Reggae, Irish music, and more. Enjoy the artistry of MacPhail’s phenomenal jazz faculty as they dazzle you with striking textures and harmonies from around the world. Read more about MacPhail Spotlight Series: The World Through Jazz

One Voice Mixed Chorus presents: Singing Darkness to Light

Come home to One Voice and ignite your winter holidays! Guests include spoken word poet Ellis Perez and a string quartet from the Minnesota Philharmonic (LGBT) Orchestra.  In addition to traditional holiday favorites, the concert includes music by current and former Minnesota composers including Abbie Betinis, Marisa Squadrito Geisler and Mari Esabel Valverde. Join us for beauty, levity, dancing sugar plum fairies and holiday sing-a-longs!  

Thursday, December 19 – 7:30 pm

Saturday, December 21 – 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm

Sundin Hall, Hamline University Read more about One Voice Mixed Chorus presents: Singing Darkness to Light

“Letters to Santa… ASSEMBLE!”

One Woman.  10 Characters. Viciously Funny.

This critically acclaimed holiday show hits the Bryant Lake Bowl stage at full tilt.  Janelle Ranek is a literal one-woman sketch comedy tour de force.  “Letters to Santa…ASSEMBLE!” is driven by Ranek’s fearless comedy style.  Each character has their own bizarre requests to Santa, some naughty, some nice and some downright ridiculous.  This is NOT your ordinary holiday show. Read more about “Letters to Santa… ASSEMBLE!”

MacPhail Free Family Music Series: Orkestar Bez Ime

Orkestar Bez Ime [or-KESS-tar behz EE-meh], meaning “orchestra without a name” in Bulgarian, was formed in 2002 to recreate the sounds of the village with a presentation as festive as the music itself. Focusing on Eastern Europe and music of the Rom (“Gypsy”) people, OBI’s repertoire reaches from Albania to Ukraine, with plenty of stops in between. Orkestar Bez Ime is a winner of the 2011-2012 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Performing Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music and a recipient of a 2012 Minnesota Emerging Composers Award from the American Composers Forum. Read more about MacPhail Free Family Music Series: Orkestar Bez Ime

A Very Die Hard Christmas

Yippee Ki Yay, Father Christmas!" Back for the eighth year comes the holiday treat with all the trimmings: singing, dancing, and bloodshed! Don't miss this yuletide tradition combining the action and suspense of Die Hard with the sentiment of everyone's favorite TV Christmas specials loaded with music, magic, and mayhem!  Read more about A Very Die Hard Christmas


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