Out Of Office: September 2016
Minnesota Orchestra Season Opener with Joshua Bell
After a near-calamitous labor dispute, the Minnesota Orchestra is coming off one of its best years ever, and is starting its new season with a bang. Most of the fireworks will come from violin superstar Joshua Bell, who will join the orchestra for Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2. But the program begins with Todd Levin’s Blur, one of the few orchestral pieces you’ll ever see featuring a full drum kit.
Sept. 22-23, Orchestra Hall, Mpls, 612-371-5600,minnesotaorchestra.org
His If I’m Honest album topped the charts this year, his divorce from Miranda Lambert shook the country world and his romance with The Voice co-judge Gwen Stefani is the stuff of tabloid dreams. The man is popular. In fact, Twin Citians love Shelton so much that he’s scheduled two shows here to meet demand. Shelton’s popularity is no accident, though. He’s a charming, charismatic performer, and his voice sounds like good bourbon: smooth and strong, with a little sting at the end.
Sept. 16-17, Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, 612-726-8240, xcelenergycenter.com
This one is a no-brainer: Under the guidance of artistic director Peter Rothstein, Theater Latte Da has developed into a company that rarely disappoints, taking musical after musical and transforming it into a sparkling, intelligent gem. Ragtime is a perfect vehicle for Rothstein and company. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s novel about life in turn-of-the-century New York, with a book written by Terrence McNally, Ragtime won 13 Tony awards during its run on Broadway. At TLD’s new home, the Ritz Theater, it’s not hard to predict that this show is going to look and sound fabulous.
Sept. 21-Oct. 23, The Ritz Theater, Mpls, 612-339-3003, theaterlatteda.com
Based loosely on Euripides’s Medea, Michael Elyanow’s adaptation transfers the action to Athens, Maine, circa 2012, where Jason and Medea’s children have been spirited across space and time in search of safe harbor. Elyanow’s script has been praised for both its humor and profundity, and its wildly theatrical presentation—with life-size puppets, lightning storms, and other special effects—underscores its deft, layered message of hope even under the most trying circumstances.
Sept. 16-Oct. 16, Pillsbury House Theatre, Mpls, 612-825-0459, pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org