Westminster launched a new Performing Arts Series featuring a unique array of music and dance, from Cuban jazz to South African gospel, Latin American early music to a holiday classic, contemporary choral to bluegrass.
“The Performing Arts Series extends Westminster’s telling presence in the city,” says Rev. Tim Hart-Andersen. “By celebrating artists and connecting them more closely with the community, the Series invites people to experience the beauty of the arts.”
All performances take place in Westminster Hall, named “Best New Music Venue” by the Star Tribune last year. “We are eager to explore how the flexible Westminster Hall can be configured to break the barrier between artist and audience,” says Amanda Weber, Minister of Music and the Arts, who is spearheading the series.
Nachito Herrera | October 11, 2019 | 7:30 pm
Pianist Nachito Herrera, one of the leading Cuban musicians of our time, kicks off the Series, with Cuban food accompanying his performance. As music director of both the famed Tropicana Club in Havana and the Grammy Award-winning Cubanismo, Nachito made his mark from an early age. He has played at many of the world’s finest concert halls and prestigious jazz festivals and has earned Emmy and Grammy awards plus City Pages’ Best Jazz Artist for four years.
29:11 | November 1, 2019 | 7:30 pm
The famous gospel ensemble from Capetown, South Africa, performing in Minneapolis on its iForgive tour, offers magnificent music of reconciliation and healing. This group of young vocalists and musicians is noted for providing “food for the soul” through their music ministry.
James Sewell Ballet: Amahl and the Night Visitors
December 13 | 7:30 pm | December 14 | 2 pm
The talented dance troupe brings the well-loved classic Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti to Westminster for two performances. Based on Italian folk tales of the Nativity and Epiphany, Amahl is a retelling of the story of the Magi from the point of view of a young boy who lives in poverty with his widowed mother near Bethlehem.