Arts & Performance

MacPhail Spotlight Series: Pranksters and Protagonists

Join us for some of the most vivid storytelling in classical music: the lively scenery of the age-old commedia dell’arte (Suite Italienne), select adventures of a medieval German prankster (Till Eulenspiegel), and the fateful encounter between a soldier and the devil (The Soldier’s Tale). Evocative melodies and rhythms drive the narrative throughout this colorful program.

We are pleased to welcome renowned actor Raye Birk, narrating The Soldier’s Tale.

Love to Sing?

SING to Save Lives promises a night of great music, featuring Sweet Keys Dueling Pianos, great people to sing along with, food and a silent auction. The evening benefits SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education.) SAVE offers programs to “prevent suicide through public awareness and education, reduce stigma and serve as a resource for those touched by suicide.”

Tickets are $60. ; To register, go to save.donordrive.com

Leopold’s Mississippi

9500 W. River Road, Minneapolis

A Women of Substance event: Anoushka Shankar

Where classical Indian meets progressive world music, sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar transforms cultural dialogue through her versatility of sound. With her dynamic and spiritual musicality, Shankar has produced 10 albums and DVD film scores and was nominated for six Grammy Awards.

$25-45. 7:30 p.m.

The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University

2004 Randolph Ave., St. Paul

612.690.6700

theoshaughnessy.com

Wadada Leo Smith: “America’s National Parks” for jazz quartet

Avant-garde jazz trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, a 2013 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for music, and his Golden Quintet will grace the McGuire theater with an original suite inspired by the history and controversies around America’s revered natural areas.

All ages. $24 Walker members, $30 non-members. 8 p.m. 

McGuire Theater

725 Vineland Place, Mpls.

612.375.7600

walkerart.org

Cantus Vocal Ensemble: When I Grow Up

From childhood to adulthood, Cantus reflects on the cycle of life; exploring themes of adolescence, companionship, parenthood and morality. Exploring the path of self-realization, When I Grow Up considers how we become who we are.

All ages. $10-32, 11 a.m.

Colonial Church

6200 Colonial Way, Edina

952.925.2711

cantussings.org

Children’s Theatre Company’s World Premiere of The Hobbit

Experience an epic journey of unlikely hero Bilbo Baggins in an on-stage adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved novel. Follow Bilbo’s magically mystical adventure over freezing mountains and frightening forests and even meet a variety of fierce creatures along the way.

All ages. Prices vary.

Children’s Theatre Company

2400 3rd Ave. S., Mpls

612.874.0400

childrenstheatre.org

Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical

Follow the successes and struggles of Rosemary Clooney’s jazz singing career from the 50’s to her comeback in 70’s and beyond. Minneapolis director Eric Morris promises not a typical jukebox musical and will feature many of the jazz great’s most popular songs.

Ages 6 and up. $30–$40. Times vary.

Old Log Theater

5185 Medville St., Excelsior

952.474.5951

oldlog.com

MacPhail Spotlight Series: Fanny and Felix

Catch a glimpse of the Mendelssohn household in the early 1800s: the two oldest children, Fanny and Felix, were equally brilliant, talented, and educated by the greatest music teachers of the day. And yet, Felix was supported to become a leading musician of his age, while Fanny was strongly discouraged from pursuing a musical career. This program is dedicated to Fanny’s life and the astounding quality and range of her compositions.

Actress Jennifer Baldwin Peden will read from letters and contemporary accounts highlighting Fanny’s life and her close relation to her brother.

Potted Potter

This New York hit condenses all seven Harry Potter books into 70 minutes of pure fun, with all your favorite characters, dragons, songs and, of course, magic. Ages 6+. Prices vary. Times vary. Pantages Theatre, 710 Hennepin Ave., Mpls.; 612.455.9500;

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