Minnesota Orch drops “Keys to New Orleans” concert

Posted on: February 5, 2009

In Tuesday’s (2/3) St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota), Rob Hubbard writes, “The Minnesota Orchestra has decided to put all of its Mardi Gras beads in one basket. Minneapolis’ Orchestra Hall was going to host two concerts featuring the music of New Orleans this month, but slow ticket sales have led to the cancellation of ‘The Keys to New Orleans,’ a Feb. 28 concert that was to feature three top Crescent City pianists: Allen Toussaint, Henry Butler and Jon Cleary. The orchestra is recommending that those interested in that concert should instead check out the Feb. 12 concert, dubbed ‘A Minneapolis Mardi Gras.’ The Minnesota Orchestra’s head of jazz programming, Irvin Mayfield, is assembling an all-star band of top New Orleans musicians for a program that also features the ‘soul queen of New Orleans,’ singer Irma Thomas, as well as the Rebirth Brass Band.”