Arts & Performance
UK trio GoGo Penguin (pianist Chris Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and drummer Rob Turner) have been hailed as the “Radiohead of British Jazz”, but they draw equally on rock, jazz and minimalist influences, alongside the intricacy of Aphex Twin or Four Tet to create their punchy, experimental, but always beautiful music. Read more about GoGo Penguin
Bring the whole family for a day of wonder, imagination, and all-ages fun!
Presented by the Ordway, the Flint Hills Family Festival is an annual multi-day event featuring performances, free activities, art-making, and more. Families will be swept away on adventures that spark imagination and inspire exploration, with performances by artists from all over the world and right here at home. Read more about The 2020 Flint Hills Family Festival
Sons of Mystro are young violinists made up of brother duo Malcolm, 23, and Umoja, 20, who use their violins to creatively interpret various genres of music; reggae classics, American pop songs, and their own creations. Stunning virtuosity.
In covering a song, Sons of Mystro invariably enhances that particular song due to their unique styling. Read more about Sons of Mystro
Polkadots follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot in an all-Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polkadot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Read more about Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
At the center of every circus we find a 42ft ring full of thrills, laughs and excitement. In 42ft: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels, Cirque Mechanics dares us to leap into the circus ring to experience the endurance of this evolving art form. Read more about Cirque Mechanics presents 42ft: A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels
This opera for babies uses parachutes to create an intimate world of wonder and interaction.
Designed by Moving Star Vocal Ensemble, the performance invites our youngest audiences into an expanding and contracting world and immerses them in a parachute’s movements as it becomes a metaphor for breathing. Bring imagination and your full selves into this baby and toddler-centric experience designed just for them! Read more about NOOMA, an opera for babies
Kinetic Sculpture Workshop: Build a Mobile or Windchime
Saturday, May 9 | 1:00-4:00pm | $50 enrollment
Just in time for Mother’s Day, build your own mobile or windchime. Take this class with mom, or surprise her with a new gift! A variety of different materials will be provided with the enrollment fee (wire, sticks, glass, mirrors, shells, etc.), but feel free to also bring your own objects to incorporate into your kinetic sculpture (photographs, animal bones, bells, etc. Read more about Adult Education at Franconia: Kinetic Sculpture Workshop
2020 SUMMER CAMP SESSIONS:
- July 6-10, 12-4pm: Youth Aged 8-13
- July 13-17, 12-4pm: Youth Aged 8-13
- July 20-24, 12-4pm: Teen Intensive (Grades 9-12)
Each camp offers extended after-care options for parents who are not able to pick up their children until after 5pm for an additional $15/day. Read more about Youth Installation Summer Camps at Franconia Sculpture Park
The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO) is pleased to present The Orchestra Family, a concert highlighting the EMSO family of musicians. The performance will be held Sunday, March 22 at 3:00 p.m. at Sundin Music Hall at Hamline University, 1531 Hewitt Avenue, St. Paul, MN. Admission to this concert is free. Donations in support of the orchestra’s work in the community are always appreciated. Read more about Woodbury-based EMSO presents The Orchestra Family