JazzMN Orchestra is Minnesota’s premier 17-piece classic-to-contemporary jazz ensemble. They’ll be performing at the Hopkins High Auditorium and they aren’t coming alone: the Grammy-winning vocal group New York Voices is celebrating its 25th anniversary by teaming up with JazzMN for this very special performance.
Arts & Performance
Rene Clausen conducts this 72-voice a cappella group that has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and on Garrison Keillor’s Prairie Home Companion, seen on national public television and called one of America’s finest choirs. Now this prestigious choir is coming to St. Louis Park’s Westwood Lutheran Church to perform for one night only.
Alexander is not having a good day. He fell asleep with gum in his mouth, and woke up with it in his hair. Getting out of bed did not improve his circumstances. Stages Theatre presents this laugh-out-loud play about author Judith Viorst’s beloved character Alexander, whose day just keeps getting worse and worse. Everyone has days like Alexander’s, and sometimes the best thing you can do is embrace the mayhem and learn to laugh about it.
Parades are always fun, but sometimes it feels like you have to set aside an entire day to attend. Not today. The “world’s shortest parade” begins at the Hopkins Elks Lodge and will travel all the way to the American Legion, five blocks (a half-mile) away. Keep an eye out for St. Patrick’s Day buttons, $1 at participating stores along the parade’s path, including Driskill’s and Hopkins Tavern on Main. Stop by the Elk’s Lodge with your button for a free hot dog, chips and drink.
Rachael Kroog, the singing naturalist, is bringing an early spring to Westwood Nature Center with her interactive music, dance and live animals. Kroog has been delighting families for more than 25 years with her unique blend of songs, storytelling, audience interaction and teaching. Visit with Westwood’s animals before the performance starts.
The Italian Cultural Center is pleased to extend an invitation to attend its 6th annual Italian Film Festival. In collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Chicago, the ICC will bring prominent contemporary Italian feature films to the Twin Cities.
In their six-year history, HickTown Mafia has played more than 70 shows every year across Minnesota. The band specializes in classic and Southern rock from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s, everything from Johnny Cash to AC/DC. 763.450.9999.
Minnesota native John Gorka has recorded 11 albums and was called “the preeminent male singer/songwriter of the new folk movement” by Rolling Stone. He is bringing his unique folk-inspired traditional sound to the Hopkins Art Center for one night only to celebrate a brand-new recording with Red House Records, so the show will combine both new songs and old favorites. Tickets available online or by phone. Pre-concert social hour at 7 p.m., concert at 8 p.m. 952.979.1100.
The Minnesota Metropolitan Ballet performs the ballet version of Shakespeare’s iconic romantic tragedy about the Capulets and Montagues, featuring an original score composed by Prokofiev. Appropriate for all ages; students and seniors receive a 25 percent discount; tickets are $19–$59 and available online or by phone. February 14–15, 7:30 p.m.; February 16, 3 p.m. 866.811.4111.
This special one-hour family concert is a production of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra. Music director William Schrickel leads the orchestra through Verdi’s operatic masterpiece Overture to the Force of Destiny, then shifts gears into the beloved Hansel and Gretel by Humperdinck. The centerpiece of the program is MSO violinist Linda Tutas Haugen’s narration of The Fable of the Old Turtle, accompanied by Native American flutist Keith Bear. The performance ends with the climactic Night on Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky. 612.567.6724.