2014-2015 Schedule of Events

Thursday, September 11, 6pm
Theoroi Kick-Off
Landmark Center, St. Paul

Come get to know your fellow Theoroi members and learn more about the program. Wine and snacks will be provided.

Friday, September 19
Cedar Cultural Center Presents Matuto
Icehouse, Minneapolis, Performance Time: 11pm, Doors 10:30

Employing renowned musicians across NYC’s diverse jazz, roots, and world music scenes, Matuto features violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instruments: the alfaia (a large, wooden, rope-tuned bass drum), the pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine), the berimbau (a single-string on a bow struck with a small stick), and the agogô (a pair of small, pitched metal bells.) With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture.

Thursday, October 2, 7pm-9pm
Theoroi Social Media Training & Happy Hour

Bust Out Solutions, Minneapolis

Come for a fun social night with your Theoroi friends at Bust Out Solutions. Theoroi member, Jeff Lin, will lead us through some great tips on how to use various forms of social media. There will be something new for everyone. Also: food, drinks and music!

Thursday, October 16
Mixed Blood presents Colossal
Mixed Blood Theatre, Minneapolis, Performance Time: 7:30pm

Performed in four 15-minute quarters with a half-time show, featuring a dance company, a drum corps, and a fully-padded cast, Colossal is an epic event that simultaneously celebrates and attacks our nation’s most popular form of theater: football. A star football player–a pro prospect, one of the most graceful runners in the world, and a man in love with a teammate–struggles to move forward in the wake of a catastrophic spinal cord injury. With a cast of two dozen men, and full contact choreography, this play about love, ability, and extraordinary feats of strength tackles definitions of masculinity and the male body as a vehicle for language, violence, and silent expression through dance, football, and disability.

Sunday, November 16
Bakken Trio & Black Label Movement
Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis, Performance Time: 4pm

Bakken Trio is a premier chamber ensemble in the Twin Cities. The November program will be titled: “John Adams (finally) Dances” and will feature Stravinsky, Liszt, and John Adams’s John’s Book of Alleged Dances for electric string quartet with the collaboration of the Black Label Movement dancers.

Friday, December 19
Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust – All is Calm
Pantages Theater, Minneapolis, Performance Time: 7:30pm

The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it. The piece is a radio musical drama, using only the tools of radio: music and text. The music ranges from trench songs to patriotic and sentimental tunes, as well as Christmas music from the participating countries. The text is taken from a wide range of sources including letters, journals, official war documents, poetry, grave stone inscriptions – even an old radio broadcast.

Sunday, January 18
Schubert Club Mix: Brooklyn Rider with Greg Saunier
Aria, Minneapolis, Performance Time: 7pm

Hailed as “the future of chamber music,” the game-changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” For their Schubert Club Mix performance at Aria, they will be joined by special guest Greg Saunier, drummer of the Indie rock band Deerhoof. The program will feature music from the group’s cross-disciplinary commissioning project, “The Brooklyn Rider Almanac.”

Tuesday, February 10
Mid-Season Happy Hour, 508 Club, Time: 6:30-9:00pm

Half way through the 2014-2015 Theoroi season, and it is time to reconnect with your fellow members.

Friday, February 20
Ten Thousand Things:
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Plymouth Congregational Church, Minneapolis, Performance Time: 8pm

Ten Thousand Things returns to the musical that started the company’s unique investigation of the form more than 15 years ago: The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Artistic Director Michelle Hensley and Music Director Peter Vitale will freshly reimagine this classic American rags-to-riches story of a woman who can’t decide whether money or love is more important. Maggie Chestovich and Tyson Forbes star as Molly and Johnny Brown.

Sunday, March 8
The Schubert Club Presents Pekka Kuusisto with Dermot Dunne, accordion
Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul, Performance Time: 2pm

Be one of the first to experience the new Concert Hall! Highly creative Finnish violinist, Pekka Kuusisto is joined by Dermot Dunne, accordion in a program of J. S. Bach Violin Partitas interspersed with Scandinavian traditional tunes.

Saturday, April 11
Martha Graham Dance Company
Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis, Performance Time: 8pm

Martha Graham has had a deep and lasting impact on American art and culture. She single-handedly defined contemporary dance as a uniquely American art form, which the nation has in turn shared with the world. Crossing artistic boundaries, she collaborated with and commissioned work from the leading visual artists, musicians, and designers of her day, including sculptor Isamu Noguchi and composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and Gian Carlo Menotti. Graham’s groundbreaking style grew from her experimentation with the elemental movements of contraction and release. By focusing on the basic activities of the human form, she enlivened the body with raw, electric emotion. The sharp, angular, and direct movements of her technique were a dramatic departure from the predominant style of the time.

Thursday, May 7
Penumbra presents Detroit ‘67
Penumbra Theater, St. Paul, Performance Time: 7:30pm

When their parents died, Chelle and Lank inherited their childhood home in Detroit, Michigan. To make ends meet the siblings host “basement parties” spinning the newest records to come out of Motown, a risky business as police crackdown on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank happens upon a badly beaten white woman stumbling along the avenue, he decides to bring her home to his sister for help. As tensions between police and black residents rise, Chelle and Lank suddenly find themselves in danger.  Winner of The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, Detroit ’67 is a tense, entertaining portrayal of the hazards of idealism at the epicenter of a riot.

Sat, June 6
Minnesota Orchestra, Vanska: Mahler & Sibelius
Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, Performance Time: 8pm

SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 6; Symphony No. 7
MAHLER: Symphony No. 1, Titan
This concert will be the Orchestra’s season closing concert.

Thurs, June 18
Season Closing Reception, details TBA

Schedule subject to change. Theoroi members will receive email reminders before each event with specific details of each event.

At a time when arts organizations struggle to attract new audiences to share in the experience, Theoroi is creating a buzz through social media, spreading the word about the rich, lively performing arts scene in our community.