Minnesota Orchestra to perform in Convention Center for 2012-13

Posted on: November 24, 2010

In Wednesday’s (11/24) Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Graydon Royce writes, “The Minnesota Orchestra will move its 2012-13 season into the auditorium at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Performances will begin in the fall of 2012 and continue through the following spring, while Orchestra Hall undergoes a renovation and expansion. President and CEO Michael Henson said Tuesday that the auditorium was the ‘most logical and best option available to us.’ It offers several distinct advantages: Its capacity of 2,145 is in the ballpark of Orchestra Hall’s 2,450; its location (1301 2nd Av. S.) is only blocks from Orchestra Hall, and programmers were willing to accommodate the orchestra’s schedule. In addition, the orchestra will work with the convention center on improvements to the acoustics. The auditorium was part of the Convention Center expansion several years ago and opened in 2002. … Classical concerts will be performed in front of an acoustic shell, and pops concerts will be able to use the auditorium’s state-of-the-art sound system. Some young people’s concerts will go on the road. Jazz shows might land in smaller venues. Still to be determined is the location for Sommerfest 2012.”

Photo by of the Minneapolis Convention Center Auditorium by Claude Peck

Posted November 24, 2010