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The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir - Nights One & Two: Songs 1-50

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Saturday, April 22, 2017 8:00 PM -
Sunday, April 23, 2017 11:00 PM
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The Current Presents: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir. Please note: This package includes tickets to both Nights One & Two: songs 1-50. Tickets for Nights One & Two as separate performances are also available.  50 Song Memoir is the new album from songwriter Stephin Merritt’s beloved recording project, the Magnetic Fields. This personal album, containing fifty songs, one for each year of the artist’s life, is projected for a late 2016/early 2017 release on Nonesuch Records. The album commenced recording on Stephin Merritt’s fiftieth birthday, February 9, 2015. To date, Merritt has written and recorded ten Magnetic Fields albums, including the popular and critically acclaimed album, 69 Love Songs. A song from that record, "The Book of Love," has been covered by Peter Gabriel, and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films; notably, the Nairobi Chamber Orchestra performed it at an official state dinner in Kenya, before Presidents Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta delivered their toasts. Merritt has also composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman's novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. In 2014, Merritt composed songs and background music for the first musical episode of public radio’s This American Life. Stephin Merritt also releases albums under the band names the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.
Unlike Merritt’s previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction, a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis). There is one song per year for the fifty years since the songwriter’s birth in 1965. Musically, the sound ranges as widely and adventurously as possible, within the context of lyrics-driven music.
In concert, the music will be played and sung by seven performers in a stage set featuring fifty years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last fifty years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer).
In describing his approach to writing 50 Song Memoir, Merritt states: “The first song, ‘Wonder Where I'm From,’ explains that I was conceived by barefoot beatniks on a houseboat in St Thomas, Virgin Islands; born in Yonkers, NY, but never lived there; learned to talk in Baden-Baden, in the former West Germany (then called the BRD, for Bundesrepublik Deutschland), and moved around constantly throughout my childhood, so that when someone asks me where I'm from, I have no short answer handy. The musical treatment shifts to reflect each locale, as exemplified by Alvin and the Chipmunks' album Around the World with the Chipmunks.“
The stage extravaganza will be directed by the award-winning Jose Zayas (Love in the Time of Cholera, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter).
Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. Any order found in violation of the ticket limit will be voided without notice.

Mar
28 Tue

MPR News Presents: The Human Potential -Bridging the Divide Between Communities of Color and the Police

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $0.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: February 2, 2017 12:00 PM to March 28, 2017 4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
MPR News presents: The Human Potential, the new series of conversations that dig into timely news topics and the issues facing our society continues... These face-to-face conversations foster understanding, cultivate empathy and allow for multiple perspectives.Our goal is to take on the difficult conversations people wish they could have, but don't know how or where to start. We’ll do that work for them, bringing people together and starting the conversation. MPR News’ award-winning reporter Brandt Williams will lead community members and an invited cadre of diverse guests from across the Twin Cities through what promises to be more thought-provoking conversations.Bridging the Divide Between Communities of Color and the Police
Given the recent events in the Twin Cities and nationally, trust and communication between Communities of Color and the Police is at a record low. How do we change that paradigm moving forward? How can the police and the communities of color that they serve build bridges of understanding and cooperation in order to reduce fear and mistrust; providing safer interactions for everyone?Invited GuestsMark Kappelhoff,Former Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice Jason Sole, President, NAACPJaneé Harteau, Chief of Police, Minneapolis Police Department Cathy Spann, Executive Director, Jordan Area Community Council




Mar
30 Thu

Films at the Fitz: The Royal Tenenbaums

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $0.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: March 16, 2017 12:00 PM to March 30, 2017 4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The Current® presents
Films at the Fitz
6 p.m. Doors, 7 p.m. Band, 7:30 p.m. Movie
Tickets free — Limit 2 per person Your new favorite old movie house is celebrating MPR’s 50th Anniversary with 5 films from the past 5 decades. Each evening also features an amazing local band or artist! So dress up like your favorite characters, order a beer and popcorn, and see why City Pages named Films at the Fitz the “Best Thing to Do for FREE in the Twin Cities.”The Royal Tenenbaums with ZuluZuluu – March 30, 7 p.m.
Enjoy ZuluZuluu’s soul, hip-hop & funk while laughing and/or crying at Wes Anderson’s eccentric family masterpiece. Tix available 3/16.
ZULUZULUU
Minneapolis has a long history of distinctive R&B styles and flavors. ZULUZULUU arrived in 2014 and began to expand on that with an eye on the future but with respect to the past: “I see it as the next chapter of the Minneapolis sound” says guitarist ΔRT PΔRTÉ. One of their first shows was playing a Clash tribute; months later landing on First Avenue's Best New Bands 2014. After bursting onto the scene the band took a hiatus and gathered to build collectively and contribute to the new vanguard of black music. ZULUZULUU is made up of six musicians/producers: MMYYKK, Proper T, Greg Grease, DJ Just Nine, ΔRT PΔRTÉ & Trelly Mo; armed with various synths, drum machines, and instruments set out to bring a new, exploratory modern sound influenced by the greats of funk, soul, and jazz with electronic excursions, hard grooves, Afro-futurism and soulful melodies. ZULUZULUU explores the psyche and searching for Black Excellence: “ZULUZULUU is church,
it's therapy, it's family, it’s a space where we can express ourselves freely as black men with no limitations”, states multi-instrumentalist/vocalist MMYYKK. The band works in communal fashion and continually seeks a greater a truth. The band see the groups mission as part of a bigger movement “we see ZULUZULU as a vessel, a spiritual, sonic culmination of our experiences and influences from our ancestors”.
Music for Films at the Fitz is made possible by the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund created by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.
Apr
7 Fri

The War That Changed Us: Songs & Stories from WW1 America

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $30.00 / $25.00
VIP: $50.00
MPR MEMBER: $28.00 / $23.00
MNHS MEMBER: $28.00 / $23.00
VIP - MPR MEMBER: $50.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / VIP / MPR MEMBER / VIP - MPR MEMBER / MNHS MEMBER Public Onsale: November 22, 2016 12:00 PM to April 7, 2017 4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Minnesota Public Radio & the Minnesota Historical Society present The War That Changed Us: Songs and Stories from WW1 America. Modern America was forged during and immediately following WW1. The period from 1914 to 1919 is scarred from the fight over there as well as upheaval over here, such as women's suffrage, African American migration, labor struggles, challenges to civil rights, and the expansion of state and federal power into every Minnesota community. This decisive era is explored through personal stories, evocative images and transformational music all set within the theater named for a Minnesotan who saw it all.Storytellers Kevin Kling, Dan Chouinard, Ann Bancroft, and Dr. Michael Osterholm will provide a diverse approach to telling this compelling and complex story along with academics Saje Matheiu and Chris Capozzola and a band of marvelous musicians. A co-production of Minnesota Public Radio & the Minnesota Historical Society in conjunction with the MNHS WW1 America exhibit and the centennial anniversary of America entering the first World War. The show will be will be recorded and edited by Stephen Smith for two episodes of MPR News Presents to air later, TBD.
Online ticketing fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. Any ticket orders found in violation of the ticket limit for this performance will be voided without notice.

$23.00 - $50.00
Apr
20 Thu

The Thread Live with David Grann

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $30.00 / $25.00
VIP: $50.00
MPR MEMBER: $30.00 / $25.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / VIP / MPR MEMBER Public Onsale: February 21, 2017 12:00 PM to April 20, 2017 4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
David Grann, bestselling author of “The Lost City of Z,” returns with the story of a little-remembered crime that modernized investigative procedure in the United States. In “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI,” Grann tells a gripping tale of greed, prejudice, and callousness. This is for fans of American history, true crime, and rip-roaring storytelling.
Guest Bio: David Grann is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning staff writer at The New Yorker magazine.
Ovation Box Seats are available for purchase at a premium price. This includes a complimentary drink, chocolate and bottled water, per seat. Ovation box seats must be purchased in groups of 2 adjacent seats. Enjoy the show in style!

Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. Any ticket orders found in violation of the ticket limit for this performance will be voided without notice.


$25.00 - $50.00
Apr
22 Sat

The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir - Night One: Songs 1-25

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $45.00 / $35.00
VIP: $70.00
MPR MEMBER: $45.00 / $35.00
VIP - MPR MEMBER: $70.00
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $45.00 / $35.00
MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $45.00 / $35.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ACCESSIBLE SEATING / MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING Public Onsale: February 17, 2017 12:23 PM to April 22, 2017 5:00 PM
INDIVIDUAL / VIP / MPR MEMBER / VIP - MPR MEMBER Public Onsale: October 21, 2016 12:00 PM to April 22, 2017 5:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The Current Presents: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir. Please note: Each performance will be a separate program, so that the whole album will be performed over two nights: Night One: Songs 1-25, Night Two: Songs 26-50. This performance is for Night one only.  50 Song Memoir is the new album from songwriter Stephin Merritt’s beloved recording project, the Magnetic Fields. This personal album, containing fifty songs, one for each year of the artist’s life, is projected for a late 2016/early 2017 release on Nonesuch Records. The album commenced recording on Stephin Merritt’s fiftieth birthday, February 9, 2015. To date, Merritt has written and recorded ten Magnetic Fields albums, including the popular and critically acclaimed album, 69 Love Songs. A song from that record, "The Book of Love," has been covered by Peter Gabriel, and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films; notably, the Nairobi Chamber Orchestra performed it at an official state dinner in Kenya, before Presidents Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta delivered their toasts. Merritt has also composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman's novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. In 2014, Merritt composed songs and background music for the first musical episode of public radio’s This American Life. Stephin Merritt also releases albums under the band names the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.
Unlike Merritt’s previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction, a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis). There is one song per year for the fifty years since the songwriter’s birth in 1965. Musically, the sound ranges as widely and adventurously as possible, within the context of lyrics-driven music.
In concert, the music will be played and sung by seven performers in a stage set featuring fifty years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last fifty years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer).
In describing his approach to writing 50 Song Memoir, Merritt states: “The first song, ‘Wonder Where I'm From,’ explains that I was conceived by barefoot beatniks on a houseboat in St Thomas, Virgin Islands; born in Yonkers, NY, but never lived there; learned to talk in Baden-Baden, in the former West Germany (then called the BRD, for Bundesrepublik Deutschland), and moved around constantly throughout my childhood, so that when someone asks me where I'm from, I have no short answer handy. The musical treatment shifts to reflect each locale, as exemplified by Alvin and the Chipmunks' album Around the World with the Chipmunks.“
The stage extravaganza will be directed by the award-winning Jose Zayas (Love in the Time of Cholera, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter).
Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. Any order found in violation of the ticket limit will be voided without notice.

$35.00 - $70.00
Apr
23 Sun

The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir - Night Two: Songs 26-50

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Doors at 7:00 PM, Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $45.00 / $35.00
VIP: $70.00
MPR MEMBER: $45.00 / $35.00
VIP - MPR MEMBER: $70.00
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $45.00 / $35.00
MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $45.00 / $35.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / VIP / MPR MEMBER / VIP - MPR MEMBER Public Onsale: October 21, 2016 12:00 PM to April 23, 2017 5:00 PM
ACCESSIBLE SEATING / MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING Public Onsale: February 16, 2017 5:21 PM to April 23, 2017 8:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The Current Presents: The Magnetic Fields: 50 Song Memoir. Please note: Each performance will be a separate program, so that the whole album will be performed over two nights: Night One: Songs 1-25, Night Two: Songs 26-50. This performance is for Night Two only.  50 Song Memoir is the new album from songwriter Stephin Merritt’s beloved recording project, the Magnetic Fields. This personal album, containing fifty songs, one for each year of the artist’s life, is projected for a late 2016/early 2017 release on Nonesuch Records. The album commenced recording on Stephin Merritt’s fiftieth birthday, February 9, 2015. To date, Merritt has written and recorded ten Magnetic Fields albums, including the popular and critically acclaimed album, 69 Love Songs. A song from that record, "The Book of Love," has been covered by Peter Gabriel, and has appeared in numerous TV shows and films; notably, the Nairobi Chamber Orchestra performed it at an official state dinner in Kenya, before Presidents Barack Obama and Uhuru Kenyatta delivered their toasts. Merritt has also composed original music and lyrics for several music theater pieces, including an off-Broadway stage musical of Neil Gaiman's novel Coraline, for which he received an Obie Award. In 2014, Merritt composed songs and background music for the first musical episode of public radio’s This American Life. Stephin Merritt also releases albums under the band names the 6ths, the Gothic Archies, and Future Bible Heroes.
Unlike Merritt’s previous work, the lyrics on 50 Song Memoir are nonfiction, a mix of autobiography (bedbugs, Buddhism, buggery) and documentary (hippies, Hollywood, hyperacusis). There is one song per year for the fifty years since the songwriter’s birth in 1965. Musically, the sound ranges as widely and adventurously as possible, within the context of lyrics-driven music.
In concert, the music will be played and sung by seven performers in a stage set featuring fifty years of artifacts both musical (vintage computers, reel-to-reel tape decks, newly invented instruments), and decorative (tiki bar, shag carpet, vintage magazines for the perusal of idle musicians). The seven performers each play seven different instruments, traditional (cello, charango, clavichord) or invented in the last fifty years (Slinky guitar, Swarmatron, synthesizer).
In describing his approach to writing 50 Song Memoir, Merritt states: “The first song, ‘Wonder Where I'm From,’ explains that I was conceived by barefoot beatniks on a houseboat in St Thomas, Virgin Islands; born in Yonkers, NY, but never lived there; learned to talk in Baden-Baden, in the former West Germany (then called the BRD, for Bundesrepublik Deutschland), and moved around constantly throughout my childhood, so that when someone asks me where I'm from, I have no short answer handy. The musical treatment shifts to reflect each locale, as exemplified by Alvin and the Chipmunks' album Around the World with the Chipmunks.“
The stage extravaganza will be directed by the award-winning Jose Zayas (Love in the Time of Cholera, Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter).
Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. Any order found in violation of the ticket limit will be voided without notice.

$35.00 - $70.00
Apr
26 Wed

Robin Trower - The Man, The Guitar, The Legend with special guests Paul Metsa & Sonny Earl

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 7:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $62.00 / $37.00
MPR MEMBER: $62.00 / $37.00
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $62.00 / $37.00
MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $62.00 / $37.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / MPR MEMBER Public Onsale: January 27, 2017 12:00 PM to April 26, 2017 4:30 PM
ACCESSIBLE SEATING / MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING Public Onsale: February 16, 2017 5:03 PM to April 26, 2017 4:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
The Robin Trower story started in the mid-Sixties when he began his recording career in the
Southend rhythm and blues band The Paramounts. But the first time Trower pinged on
rock’n’roll’s radar was in 1967, with Procol Harum – house band of the Summer of Love. Though
he did not play on their mega-hit ‘A Whiter Shade Of Pale’, he completed five albums and many
tours with them before breaking away for a solo career in 1971. Robin admits that “the big break
for me was Gary Brooker getting me to join Procol. That opened up the whole world. Without that I
would never been able to go on and do what I’ve done.”
Trower modelled his own band on the power-trio blueprint of Cream and Taste, and, of course, the
Jimi Hendrix Experience. His atmospheric, effects-laden Stratocastering brought inevitable initial
comparisons with Hendrix, but he quickly made his own mark. Something’s About To Change was
released in 2015 confirms a world-class musician at the top of his game. With his own record label
allowing Trower to bypass the spirit-sapping protocol of the conventional record industry, it comes
to no surprise this new album sounds so vital. While palpably influenced by Trower’s deep love of
post-war U.S. blues, its personal themes and visceral music means that it will resonate with every
generation. “As a songwriter and a performer, you use everything at your disposal to put into
songs,” reflects Trower.
The first decade of the current century has seen Robin wowing fans old and new on both sides of the Atlantic.
The stadiums he filled in the Seventies may be a fond memory,
but the upside is that audiences in clubs and theatres can witness
the magic at closer quarters.
Robin will return to the stage in the US in the Spring of 2017
featuring a trio, Robin’s favorite line-­‐up, with Richard
Watts on Bass and vocals, and Chris Taggart on drums.
Robin Trower live is an experience not to be missed.
Whether you play guitar, or just enjoy a brilliant soulful
player, come out and see the show. You will walk away
smiling.Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. All orders found in violation of the ticket limit will be voided without notice.


$37.00 - $62.00
Apr
27 Thu

National Geographic Live! Exploring Mars with NASA Engineer Kobie Boykins

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Doors at 6:00 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $45.00 / $35.00 / $15.00
VIP: $55.00
MPR MEMBER: $45.00 / $35.00 / $15.00
LIMITED VIEW: $45.00 / $35.00 / $15.00
VIP - MPR MEMBER: $55.00
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $45.00 / $35.00 / $15.00
MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $45.00 / $35.00 / $15.00

TICKET SALE DATES
ACCESSIBLE SEATING / MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING Public Onsale: February 16, 2017 5:00 PM to April 27, 2017 4:00 PM
INDIVIDUAL / VIP / MPR MEMBER / LIMITED VIEW / VIP - MPR MEMBER Public Onsale: July 19, 2016 12:00 PM to April 27, 2017 4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
National Geographic Live! is a four-part speaker series that showcases the world through the eyes of great explorers, filmmakers, and photographers. The Fitzgerald Theater program will expose rarely seen perspectives on exploration through the often-daring experiences of National Geographic personalities.NASA mechanical engineer Kobie Boykins is intimately involved with the planet Mars. As supervisor of the mobility and remote sensing teams for the rover Curiosity, Boykins has monitored headline-making studies, including proof of the former presence of water on Mars indicating that the red planet could have supported life. Join Boykins, winner of a NASA Exceptional Service Medal, as he shares his boundless enthusiasm for unraveling the mysteries of outer space and recounts the latest exciting chapter of Mars exploration.National Geographic Live! is presented by MPR NewsOvation Box Seats are available for purchase at a premium price. This includes a complimentary drink, chocolate and bottled water, per seat. Ovation box seats must be purchased in groups of 2 adjacent seats. Enjoy the show in style!

Online processing fees are assessed on a per ticket basis.

$15.00 - $55.00
Apr
30 Sun

Classical Minnesota Public Radio Presents: Minnesota Varsity 2017

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 5:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $0.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: March 20, 2017 12:00 PM to April 30, 2017 3:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Minnesota Varsity is a showcase for top high-school musical talent in Minnesota and its environs. This is the third season that non-Minnesota residents, from areas bordering Minnesota and from Sun Valley, Idaho, are eligible to enter.Music students (age 14-18 or 9th-12th grade) from across Minnesota, as well as those who live or attend school outside Minnesota but strictly within the listening areas reached by MPR’s terrestrial radio signal (MPR News, Classical MPR networks and The Current) are invited to submit a recording of an instrumental or vocal performance of a classical or musical theater work, for evaluation by a panel of MPR judges. Performances can be solo, or with a group, and can be up to 10 minutes in length. This year, student composers in the same age group are invited to submit an original score for trumpet, cello, and piano or for any solo or combination of those instruments, between 3 and 7 minutes in length.Ten to fifteen instrumental and vocal entrants are chosen by the MPR Judges for the Featured Round. Featured Round Artists are invited to make a professional recording of their performances in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul. These performances are broadcast on Classical MPR, and are made available to stream online. Up to five Featured Composers are chosen by an American Composers Forum panel of judges. Featured Composers are invited to a Workshop Day with charter ACF member and composer Carol Barnett as Mentor, to have their works performed by an ensemble and to receive assistance in polishing their compositions and presenting them to an audience.Ten to fifteen instrumental and vocal entrants are chosen by the MPR Judges for the Featured Round. Featured Round Artists are invited to make a professional recording of their performances in MPR’s Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Studio in St. Paul. These performances are broadcast on Classical MPR, and are made available to stream online. Up to five Featured Composers are chosen by an American Composers Forum panel of judges. Featured Composers are invited to a Workshop Day with charter ACF member and composer Carol Barnett as Mentor, to have their works performed by an ensemble and to receive assistance in polishing their compositions and presenting them to an audience.The concert is free and open to the public. The Fitzgerald Showcase Event will be broadcast live. Advance reservations are encouraged.
May
2 Tue

MPR News Presents: The Human Potential- Decoding the Stigma of Mental Health in Communities of Color

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $0.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL Public Onsale: February 2, 2017 12:00 PM to May 2, 2017 4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
MPR News presents: The Human Potential, the new series of conversations that dig into timely news topics and the issues facing our society continues... These face-to-face conversations foster understanding, cultivate empathy and allow for multiple perspectives. Our goal is to take on the difficult conversations people wish they could have, but don't know how or where to start. We’ll do that work for them, bringing people together and starting the conversation.In this era of divisive and sensational rhetoric, creating a forum for these respectful yet challenging discussions is essential to informing our audiences and uniting our communities. We’ll provide a safe setting where citizens can come together, talk with and learn from each other, and be a catalyst for action.MPR News’ award-winning reporter Brandt Williams will lead community members and an invited cadre of diverse guests from across the Twin Cities through what promises to be more thought-provoking conversations.Brandt Williams is a reporter with MPR News’ Metro Unit. At MPR, Brandt has extensively covered city government, public safety and courts; race and justice; and livability issues in the city of Minneapolis. Decoding the Stigma of Mental Health in Communities of Color
Struggling with mental health challenges can have far reaching consequences for anyone; how are the added stigma and the disparities in services more impactful in communities of color? What must we do to remove that stigma as well as provide access and equality in service to communities of color struggling with issues of mental health?

Tickets are free; however, we request that you reserve your tickets in advance for the event.

May
3 Wed

Aimee Mann with Jonathan Coulton

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 7:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $42.50 / $37.50
MPR MEMBER: $42.50 / $37.50
LIMITED VIEW: $42.50 / $37.50
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $42.50 / $37.50
MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $42.50 / $37.50

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / MPR MEMBER / LIMITED VIEW Public Onsale: January 20, 2017 12:00 PM to May 3, 2017 4:30 PM
ACCESSIBLE SEATING / MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING Public Onsale: February 16, 2017 4:55 PM to May 3, 2017 4:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
ABOUT AIMEE MANN Sue McLean and Associates Present Aimee Mann’s Mental Illness, her first album in five years, will be released on March 31 via her own SuperEgo Records. The record follows 2012’s Charmer, which Rolling Stone proclaimed “shows off the more pop-oriented side to her usual acoustic tendencies.” With this follow-up, she returns to a more musically soft-spoken but still lyrically barbed approach, as heard in the album’s lead single, “Goose Snow Cone,” which debuts today. Listen/share the track here: aimeemann.com.Mental Illness shows off Mann’s rich, incisive and wry melancholia in an almost all-acoustic format, with a “finger-picky” style inspired by some of her favorite ‘60s and ‘70s folk-rock records, augmented by haunting strings arranged by her longtime producer, Paul Bryan. Additional players include: Jonathan Coulton on acoustic guitar and backing vocals, Jay Bellerose on drums, Jamie Edwards on piano, John Roderick as a co-writer and Ted Leo (who recently joined her in a joint side project, The Both) as a background singer.On this eleven-track album, the Oscar-nominated, Grammy-winning singer remains a student of human behavior, drawing not just on her own experiences to form the characters in the songs but tales told by friends. “I assume the brief on me is that people think that I write these really depressing songs,” Mann says. “I don’t know—people may have a different viewpoint—but that’s my own interpretation of the cliché about me. So if they thought that my songs were very down-tempo, very depressing, very sad, and very acoustic, I thought I’d just give myself permission to write the saddest, slowest, most acoustic, if-they’re-all-waltzes-so-be-it record I could…I mean, calling it Mental Illness makes me laugh, because it is true, but it’s so blunt that it’s funny.”In support of the release, Mann confirms a headlining North American tour this spring, with a stop in St. Paul, MN at the Fitzgerald Theater on May 3rd. After several albums with Til Tuesday, Mann began her solo career in 1993 with the album Whatever and made a name for herself through her independent success and the founding of her record label, SuperEgo Records. In addition to her solo albums, she has appeared on many film soundtracks, most notably the song score for Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia, with “Save Me” landing her Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for Best Original Song.In 2014, Mann joined up with Ted Leo for a more rock-oriented duo project, releasing a self-titled album under the name The Both. Other extracurricular activities since Charmer ranged from playing herself on the hit TV series Portlandia to performing for President Obama and the First Lady at the White House. Named one of The Huffington Post’s “13 Funny Musicians You Should Be Following On Twitter,” Mann has gained a diehard social media following for her quick wit and stinging observation.Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. All orders found in violation of the ticket limit will be voided without notice.


$37.50 - $42.50
May
7 Sun

Concert 4 Hope with Audrey Assad

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 2:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $42.50
VIP: $152.50
CHILD: $22.50
MPR MEMBER: $40.50
LIMITED VIEW: $42.50

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / VIP / CHILD / MPR MEMBER / LIMITED VIEW Public Onsale: February 21, 2017 12:00 PM to May 7, 2017 2:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Audrey Assad is the daughter of a Syrian refugee, an author, speaker, producer, and critically lauded songwriter and musician. She releases music she calls “soundtracks for prayer” on the label Fortunate Fall Records, which she co-owns with her husband. She is also one half of the pop band LEVV, whose debut EP peeked at #17 on the iTunes Alternative Chart.
Her first solo album was released by Sparrow Records and was awarded the iTunes Christian Breakthrough Album of the Year in 2010, as she went on to be nominated for two Dove Awards. That same year, she sang her song, “Winter Snow”, on Chris Tomlin’s certified Gold Record, “Glory in the Highest.”
Audrey set out on her own, self-producing the album Fortunate Fall — with songs such as “I Shall Not Want”, being featured in the New York Times.
In 2014, Audrey released an EP, Death, Be Not Proud, which reflected on her recent encounters with loss and suffering, including her husband’s journey through cancer and chemotherapy. The album was released just a few weeks after the birth of her first son.
Since then, Audrey has spoken about art, faith, womanhood, justice, and most notably, pornography addiction at Catholic and Evangelical events such as Q Ideas, Focus Conferences and more. She has performed many solo worship events as well as at the IHOP One Thing Conference with Francis Chan speaking, Mass at St Patrick’s Cathedral with Timothy Cardinal Dolan presiding, and alongside Matt Maher during the Papal Event, “World Meeting of Families,” and also performed for thousands at World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in 2016. She has also written reflective and devotional entries for the likes of Christianity Today, the Magnificat, Blessed is She and more.
In 2016, Audrey released her next major offering, Inheritance— a collection of hymns and originals that both pay homage to her childhood heritage and to her Catholic faith and charismatic spirituality.
From the Presenters: Audrey Assad writes and performs music that touches our hearts, but to call her music inspiring, seems more an understatement. Her music has the power to resonate deep within and move our
soul, such as to receive a divine gift. That gift lifts your spirit, moving us closer to God. Partners 4 Hope Tanzania presents Concert 4 Hope with Audrey Assad as an opportunity to receive the gift that is her music, focusing your thoughts, mind and your heart on what truly matters most.
The purchase of your ticket to this concert will support efforts to bring easy access to life giving water to our brothers and sisters in Tanzania East Africa through the Water 4 Life project. This project specifically purchases the tanks and systems that give access to the water from the Pare Mountains during drought seasons. We thank you for your support.Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. Any and all orders found in violation of the posted ticket limit will be voided without notice.

$22.50 - $152.50
May
13 Sat

A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Chris Thile

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 4:45 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $33.00
MPR MEMBER: $31.00
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $33.00
MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $31.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / MPR MEMBER / ACCESSIBLE SEATING / MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING Public Onsale: March 14, 2017 12:00 PM to May 13, 2017 1:45 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
“The best idea I’ve had since Powdermilk Biscuits.”

Garrison Keillor on selecting Chris Thile as new host of A Prairie Home Companion
Chris Thile takes over as the new host of American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion. Each week Chris will be joined by an incredible array of special musical guests–some known by all, and some who soon will be–along with a bit of comedy and spoken word. Plus Chris will compose and perform a unique new song each week.
About Chris Thile
Chris Thile made his first appearance on A Prairie Home Companion in 1996. He was 15 and had already been playing mandolin for a decade. He had also started Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins, and released his first solo album, 1994’s Leading Off. This Grammy winner and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient now collaborates with many musicians in myriad styles and leads acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. Thile’s solo recordings include Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch).
“Garrison created a template that I think is immortal. It doesn’t feel like any kind of constraint. It’s like a license. I feel like I have my license to go and make some good radio. … The prospect of getting to make things for people on a weekly basis … is beyond compare. It’s what I love to do.”
Chris Thile
The Fitzgerald Theater has a no return, no exchange policy.
Any ticket orders found in violation of the ticket limit for this performance will be voided without notice.
Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis.



$31.00 - $49.00
May
20 Sat

A Prairie Home Companion hosted by Chris Thile

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 4:45 PM
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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
“The best idea I’ve had since Powdermilk Biscuits.”

Garrison Keillor on selecting Chris Thile as new host of A Prairie Home Companion
Chris Thile takes over as the new host of American Public Media’s A Prairie Home Companion. Each week Chris will be joined by an incredible array of special musical guests–some known by all, and some who soon will be–along with a bit of comedy and spoken word. Plus Chris will compose and perform a unique new song each week.
About Chris Thile
Chris Thile made his first appearance on A Prairie Home Companion in 1996. He was 15 and had already been playing mandolin for a decade. He had also started Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins, and released his first solo album, 1994’s Leading Off. This Grammy winner and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient now collaborates with many musicians in myriad styles and leads acoustic quintet Punch Brothers. Thile’s solo recordings include Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch).
“Garrison created a template that I think is immortal. It doesn’t feel like any kind of constraint. It’s like a license. I feel like I have my license to go and make some good radio. … The prospect of getting to make things for people on a weekly basis … is beyond compare. It’s what I love to do.”
Chris Thile
The Fitzgerald Theater has a no return, no exchange policy.
Any ticket orders found in violation of the ticket limit for this performance will be voided without notice.
Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis.



$31.00 - $49.00
Jun
2 Fri

The Current Presents: Chastity Brown

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 8:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $20.00 / $15.00
VIP: $40.00
MPR MEMBER: $20.00 / $15.00
VIP - MPR MEMBER: $40.00
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $22.50 / $15.00
MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $22.50 / $17.50

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / VIP / MPR MEMBER / VIP - MPR MEMBER / ACCESSIBLE SEATING / MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING Public Onsale: March 17, 2017 12:00 PM to June 2, 2017 5:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
On June 2nd, Chastity Brown will headline The Fitzgerald Theater to celebrate the release of her new album, and label debut. This program is part of MPR50, celebrating 50 years of informing, inspiring, entertaining and energizing audiences across Minnesota.Based in Minnesota, but with roots in Tennessee, Chastity grew up surrounded by country and soul music. In the full gospel church of her childhood, she played saxophone and drums and found her singing voice and a passion for music. Her first show was in Knoxville, TN, and then it was on to Minneapolis. Since then, she’s been featured on NPR’s “Favorite Sessions,” CMT, American Songwriter, The London Times, Paste Magazine and others. Chastity has toured the US and abroad, appearing on the UK’s Later…with Jools Holland. For much of 2016, she toured alongside folk icon/ activist Ani Difranco."Silhouette of Sirens is comprised of snapshots of memory, both lived and imagined. Not all of these tunes derive from this, which is why I say, ‘both lived and imagined.' Some are love/sex/relationship-inspired, which in my opinion make the pain one might experience more bearable. In James Baldwin’s essay, ‘The Artist Struggle for Integrity,' he says, 'I tell you my pain so that I might relieve you of yours.'"Light is a central character on Silhouette of Sirens. Even the title speaks to this push and pull between danger and safety, shadows and shiny lights, and the things we can reach out and touch as opposed to the things we only hear in the distance. “What is even happening? One can only guess,” Brown sings in the opening track “Drive Slow,” embracing an uncertainty and sense of wonder from the beginning of the record. By the third track, she’s carrying us along with her on a journey inward. Like many masterful songwriters, she has the ability to make her stories feel intensely personal yet open-ended; even in “Carried Away,” it’s hard to tell whether she’s singing about a romantic rift, an abusive friendship, or the havoc that anxiety and depression can wreak on an unguarded mind. 
“Don’t leave me here all alone / For so long you’ve been my light in the dark,” Brown sings on the album’s centerpiece, “My Stone,” while the sexy, Prince-channeling acoustic funk jam “Whisper” beckons the listener to come closer, to dance with her in the dark, to “whisper in my ear all that you need.”This program is made possible in part by the Arts and Culture Heritage Fund Created by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment.Online ticketing fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. Any ticket orders found in violation of the ticket limit for this performance will be voided without notice.

$15.00 - $40.00
Jun
16 Fri

Paula Poundstone

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 7:30 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $37.50 / $32.50
MPR MEMBER: $37.50 / $32.50
LIMITED VIEW: $37.50 / $32.50
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $37.50 / $32.50
MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $37.50 / $32.50

TICKET SALE DATES
ACCESSIBLE SEATING / MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING Public Onsale: February 16, 2017 4:45 PM to June 16, 2017 4:30 PM
INDIVIDUAL / MPR MEMBER / LIMITED VIEW Public Onsale: February 10, 2017 12:00 PM to June 16, 2017 4:30 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
Heralded as one of our country’s foremost comics, Paula Poundstone's quick, unscripted approach to comedy makes for a perfect fit as a regular panelist on NPR’s #1 show, the screwball weekly news quiz show WAIT WAIT...DON'T TELL ME! She holds the record for the most game losses. "The others cheat," she says magnanimously, "you wouldn't think NPR would put up with that."
Paula tours regularly performing standup comedy across the country. Writes Nick Zaino with the Boston Globe: "You know she’s a great comic the way you know any fine performer when you see one -- there's a disarming ease in her craft, an immediate sense that she's so quick on her feet you need never worry about the possibility of something going wrong.” Paula’s interchanges with the audience are never mean or done at a person’s expense. She even manages to handle politics without provoking the pall of disapproval received by less artful comics. "With the exception of that one time," Paula claims. The talents of this brilliant humorist extend beyond standup comedy, but stop short at yodeling. Online fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. All orders found in violation of the ticket limit will be voided without notice.


$32.50 - $37.50
Jun
17 Sat

The Current Presents: Mavis Staples

ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
Show at 7:00 PM
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TICKET PRICES CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
INDIVIDUAL: $55.00 / $45.00 / $35.00
VIP: $75.00
MPR MEMBER: $55.00 / $45.00 / $35.00
VIP - MPR MEMBER: $75.00
ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $55.00 / $45.00 / $35.00
MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING: $55.00 / $45.00 / $35.00

TICKET SALE DATES
INDIVIDUAL / VIP / MPR MEMBER / VIP - MPR MEMBER / ACCESSIBLE SEATING / MPR MEMBER ACCESSIBLE SEATING Public Onsale: March 17, 2017 12:00 PM to June 17, 2017 4:00 PM

PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTION
On June 17th, living legend Mavis Staples will grace The Fitzgerald Theater stage, presented by The Current. This program is part of MPR50, celebrating 50 years of informing, inspiring, entertaining and energizing audiences across Minnesota.


About Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. She is an alchemist of American music, having continuously crossed genre lines like no musician since Ray Charles. Weaving herself into the very fabric of gospel, soul, folk, pop, R&B, blues, rock, and hip hop over the last 60 years, this iconic singer has seen and sung through so many changes, always rising up to meet every road.
Now in her seventh decade, with the release of her new album Livin’ on a High Note (ANTI-), she is only gaining momentum. Produced by M. Ward with songs by Neko Case, Justin Vernon, Nick Cave, Ben Harper, Tune-Yards, Aloe Blacc and others, the album serves as a summation and furtherance of her illustrious career. Refusing to fade away, she continues to tour incessantly, remaining as vital, engaged, and true as always. There is no persona; she is, simply and untouchably, Mavis—and Livin’ on a High Note is the symphony of her life.Online processing fees are assessed on a per ticket basis. No refunds or exchanges. Any orders found over the posted ticket limit will be voided without notice.

$35.00 - $75.00

10 EAST EXCHANGE STREET
ST. PAUL, MN
UNITED STATES
The Fitzgerald Theater is committed to programming that reflects the audience and mission of Minnesota Public Radio. This 1,000-seat theater acts as MPR's largest broadcast studio, with airwaves reaching millions of people tuned in to A Prairie Home Companion. Our staged productions commission authors, artists and radio hosts to create intellectually stimulating programs that delight and enlighten our vast public radio community. The Fitzgerald Theater is Saint Paul's oldest theater and celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2010.