ST. PAUL, MINN. (April 17, 2014) – More than 450 Saint Paul student artists, vocalists and instrumentalists will showcase their talents on Tuesday, April 22 in the 23rd Annual Honors Concert, Performance Art and Art Exhibition, presented by Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, in partnership with the Minnesota Museum of American Art (MMAA).
A K-8 Performance Showcase takes place from 6-6:45 p.m. in the Marzitelli Foyer, with the Honors Concert and Performance Art event, emceed by Hmong artist and activist Tou Ger Xiong, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Ordway’s Music Theater. General admission tickets are $5.
The Honors Concert will feature instrumental and vocal performances conducted by Emily Threinen (band), Claudette Laureano (orchestra) and Judy Sagen (choral), and accompanist Thomas Bartsch. The event will also include a projected slideshow of original student artwork that will be in the Honors Art Exhibition at the MMAA Project Space May 15-25.
The Honors Art Exhibition will feature the visual artists’ creations selected from original paintings, drawings, photographs, ceramics, mixed media and other works. The exhibition will be on view at the MMAA Project Space in the Pioneer Endicott Building, 141 E. 4th St. in Saint Paul. An opening for the exhibition will take place on Thursday, May 15 from 5-7 p.m., with an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours.
“It continues to be a privilege for the Ordway to host this wonderful concert showcasing the immense talent in our schools and community. To be able to partner with Saint Paul Public Schools and the Minnesota Museum of American Art is a wonderful opportunity for all of us,” says Patricia A. Mitchell, president and CEO of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
“The collaboration pays huge dividends for presenters, performers and audiences alike.”
Students participating in the Honors Concert will also have the opportunity to learn from McNally Smith College of Music faculty and students who will be participating on an afternoon panel to share applicable information on careers in music and the arts, and discuss the skills needed in the current job climate.
Throughout the course of its 23-year history, the annual Honors Concert, Performance Art and Art Exhibition has showcased the musical and artistic talents of more than 8,000 Saint Paul Public School students through vocal and instrumental performances, spoken word poetry and a visual art exhibition. Students submit original works of art, or participate in rigorous band, choral and orchestral auditions. The music students have a rare opportunity to perform on stage in one of Minnesota’s premier concert halls.
Founded in 1856, Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS) provides a world-class education to more than 39,000 students in 64 community and magnet schools. SPPS is one of the most diverse school districts in the nation with programs that include aerospace and engineering, language immersion, International Baccalaureate, and visual and performing arts.
The Ordway is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading nonprofit performing arts centers and Saint Paul’s most elegant and inviting performance space. The Ordway’s Music Theater and soon-to-be completed Concert Hall attract diverse audiences with an array of productions showcasing the finest in American musical theater, world music, dance and vocal performance. Education and community engagement are integral to the Ordway’s mission, with major initiatives including the annual Flint Hills International Children’s Festival and Ordway Education programs that serve more than 50,000 students annually. The Ordway also sponsors the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a professionally guided academic and artistic environment that trains aspiring pre-professional performing artists. Together with The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and The Schubert Club, the Ordway is a member of the Arts Partnership and serves as the principal venue for their performances.
The Minnesota Museum of American Art was founded as the St. Paul School of Fine Arts in 1894, and formally incorporated in 1927 as the St. Paul School of Art. From the 1950s on, under the name Saint Paul Art Center, it pursued an innovative program of exhibitions and acquired art collections distinguished in 20th-century American painting, drawing, sculpture, and studio craft. Renamed the Minnesota Museum of Art in 1969, and in the mid-1990s, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, it became a leading presence on the Twin Cities art scene until it lost its building in 2009 due to the redevelopment of the building it was occupying. Since then, it has organized exhibitions throughout the state and metro in an “on the road” series and has recast its vision to invest in community engagement practices, opening a 3,700 square foot gallery space in the Pioneer-Endicott Building in Lowertown St. Paul in December 2012.
The mission of the Minnesota Museum of American Art is to showcase art of the past and present, unleash the creative potential of our community, and inspire the artist in us all. The museum strives to make the visual arts more accessible to members of our community through exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and collaborative ventures. For more information, visit mmaa.org.
23rd Annual Honors Concert and Performance Art
Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m.
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts – Ordway’s Music Theater
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102
Tickets: $5 General Admission
Box Office: 651.224.4222
TDD (Hearing Impaired): 651.282.3100
Saint Paul Public Schools Honors Art Exhibition
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 15, 5-7 p.m.
Brief program: 5:30 p.m.
Exhibition: May 15-25, 2014
Gallery hours: Thurs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Minnesota Museum of American Art | Project Space
141 E. 4th St. at Robert Street (enter at the corner of 4th and Robert Streets)
Saint Paul, MN 55101