Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Ordway Education Receives Pro Lingua Award

Erin Matteson and Kristie Gaalswyk of Ordway Education
pictured here with Kay Edberg, MCTLC Awards Chair
On Friday, October 18, 2013, Ordway Education attended the Minnesota Council on the Teaching of Languages and Cultures 2013 Fall Conference to accept the Pro Lingua Award.

This award is given in recognition of outstanding service to and support of education in world languages and cultures by a person or Minnesota organization/business that is not a world-languages educator.

From the ushers to the production team, this award truly belongs to everyone at the Ordway whose efforts contribute to the success of the school performances and Children’s Festival each year.

Thank you MCTLC for this honor!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

October is National Arts & Humanities Month!

Americans for the Arts describes National Arts & Humanities Month as a coast-to-coast collective celebration of culture in America. Coordinated by Americans for the Arts, it has become the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and newspaper articles, communities across the United States join together to recognize the cultural gems surrounding them.

Every individual can celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month, whether you are a school teacher, a doctor, a fourth-grader, or a grandmother. You can see a play, attend a local art gallery's open house, write your member of Congress asking for more arts funding, or participate in a poetry open mic night.

If you'd like to celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month with the Ordway, tickets are still available for Lizz Wright & Raul Midόn and Yemen Blues

We hope you have a wonderful National Arts & Humanities Month! :) 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Tickets Still Available for Lizz Wright & Raul Midón, Yemen Blues!

This fall, you will find the Ordway Education’s music performances a great launching pad for you and your students’ exploration of culture and music in accordance with the Minnesota academic standards for the arts. The Ordway’s study guides provide educators with a framework to connect live music performances with classroom curriculum and many standards, including:

-        Identify the characteristics of a variety of genres and musical styles; (4-5)
-          Describe how music communicates meaning; (4-5)
-          Analyze how the elements of music and related concepts such as articulation and major/ minor and fugue are used in the performance, creation or response to music (6-8)
-          Analyze how the characteristics of a variety of genres and styles contribute to the creation of, performance of, or response to music. (9-12)
-          Analyze how the elements of music including melody, rhythm, harmony, dynamics, tone color, texture, form and their related concepts are combined to communicate meaning in the creation of, performance of, or response to music. (9-12)

Tickets are just $3.50 and we offer Bus Reimbursement for ALL schools!! If you are interested in ordering or have any questions, feel free to call the Education Hotline at 651.282.3115.

Lizz Wright & Raul Midón
October 24, 2013 | Recommended Grade 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
Singer-songwriters Lizz Wright and Raul Midón join forces to present an awe-inspiring collection of music that spans the genres of jazz, R&B, soul, and gospel. Midón combines phenomenal guitar chops, deftly executed vocal mouth trumpet and an impassioned voice likened to that of Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Wright’s luminous, smoky and perfectly pitched gospel-trained contralto voice emerges as an irresistible force of clarity and emotion. Backed by a full band, these two masters of song will share their effortless magnetic stage presence and music with educators and students.

Performance Availability for Lizz Wright & Raul Midón
Thu, Oct 24, 2013, 10:30 AM – 335 Tickets available

Raul Midón
October 24, 2013 | Recommended Grade 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
Raul Midón is a one-man band who offers a fresh fusion of old-school soul, Latin jazz and folk-pop. The singer-songwriter began his solo career after touring and recording with contemporary pop stars Shakira and Enrique Iglesias. As a soloist, he combines phenomenal guitar chops, deftly executed vocal mouth trumpet and an impassioned voice likened to that of Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder. Blind since infancy, Midón is a rare musical force who reminds us how strong the connection between man and music can be.

Performance Availability for Raul Midón
Thu Oct 24, 2013, 12:30 PM – 500+ Tickets available

Yemen Blues
October 28 & 29, 2013 | Recommended Grade 6-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 Minute Performance
Join international music sensation Yemen Blues as they bring their fusion of multinational music to the Ordway’s Music Theater. Featuring the oud, gimbri, viola, cello, flute, trumpet, trombone, percussion, voice and bass, they merge West African rhythms and ancient Jewish Yemeni melodies with mambo, blues and funk. Yemen Blues seamlessly blends and improvises across musical genres and languages, flowing from Yemeni Arabic to Creole, Hebrew and Moroccan Arabic, all led by Yemeni-born Israeli singer Ravid Kahalani. The band’s multinational members from Israel, Finland, Uruguay and the U.S, embody their mission of bridging peoples differences, whether they stem from nationality, religion or other barometers.

Performance Availability for Yemen Blues
Tue, Oct 29, 2013, 10:30 AM – 500+ Tickets available
Tue, Oct 29, 2013, 12:30 PM – 500+ Tickets available

Tickets are just $3.50 and we offer bus reimbursement for ALL schools!!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

LAST CHANCE! Only a few spots remain! Classes start this Saturday!

Ordway’s Musical Theater Dance classes will act as a dance boot camp, preparing performers to dance in various musical theater styles. Led by seasoned dance theater practitioners, participants build their dance repertoire with instruction in tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop as well as expand their dance vocabulary and audition techniques.

 Four classes of musical theater dance are taught by veteran Ordway performer, Lisa Bartholomew-Given. One class of theater tap dance is taught by James A. Rocco, Vice President of Programming and Producing Artistic Director at the Ordway.

To register, call 651.224.4222
Space is limited to 25 dancers