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Bedlam Theatre Raises $47k Through Crowdfunding

Bedlam Theatre took a big step forward in its $400,000 capital campaign this week when it racked up $47,318 in crowdfunding and matched donations. Bedlam, which opened a new space last year in St. Paul's Lowertown, raised the money through the crowdfunding service Indiegogo. Besides publicity and attracting interest, there are three

Minnesota Opera’s Popup Plan

Popup events are all the range now, and Minnesota Opera has decided to get into the game in a big way. Starting on September 19, MNOpera is sending its musicians out for free daily performances around town in the build-up to its season opener. The promotion, succinctly styled 7 Days of

CANTUS Brews, Sings New Music Loves

When The Manchurian Candidate premiered at Minnesota Opera last winters, reviewers sang the praises of Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Kevin Puts' score. Across town, however, Minneapolis-based ensemble CANTUS is singing a different Pulitzer Prize-related tune in rehearsal. The all-male vocal ensemble's latest concert offering, The Four Loves, features four new song commissions: “Manifesto,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning

CD ANNOUNCEMENT: VocalEssence’s Nordic Christmas

Minneapolis-based choir VocalEssence has a new CD coming out on October 11. The disc, entitled Nordic Nativity, features traditional holiday music from Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. This live album includes the trademark voices and Nordic fiddling by Sara Pajunen of Aallotar. (Pajunen studied violin in Minneapolis and Helsinki.) The 18 tracks on Nordic Nativity include

REVIEW: Twin Cities Fringe Opera’s Don Giovanni

In the composer Hector Berlioz's memoirs, he recounts traveling through Germany in the mid-19th century. Away from the refinement of Paris, he saw countless performances where the orchestra was fortified by the local military band, or a traveling opera company joined by members of the local music society in the pit. While

The Ivey Awards: What’s Growing at the State Theatre

When the State Theatre opened on February 5, 1921, it was the largest theatre in Minneapolis – and, local journalists trumpeted, the most technologically advanced in the country. It featured a state-of-the-art air conditioning system (something the audience wouldn’t test out for several months, and were probably less excited after

10 Scene-Stealing Theatre Performances from 2014-2015

We asked the Twin Cities Daily Planet's Resident Classical Music and Drama Critic Basil Considine for a retrospective top 10 list of favorite shows from the 2014-2015 theatre season in the Twin Cities. Basil refused to play favorites, but offered this list of 10 scene-stealing performances, loosely construed and in no

Upcoming: The Twin Cities Marathon

The Twin Cities Marathon, which describes itself as the most beautiful urban marathon in America, is one month away from filling the streets of Minneapolis and St. Paul with crowd barriers and thousands of runners. But what is this local tradition? First off, the full name of this event is the