For more than 50 years, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has engaged eardrums with a vast repertoire of classical masterpieces and scores of newly commissioned works—and earned 17 ASCAP awards for its adventurous programming in the process. And their approach to artistic leadership is equally innovative. Each season, a coterie of internationally distinguished partners takes up the baton to lead the ensemble in turn. But that emphasis on setting a high creative bar doesn't mean the orchestra is stuffy. They welcome newcomers and seasoned season ticket-holders alike to come to free pre-concert discussions, which bring scholars, guest artists, conductors, and musicians to chat with audiences about the upcoming performance and their favorite mac 'n' cheese recipes.
The production calendar for Saint Paul's Soul Tight Committee offers an outrageous mix of comedy and drama for the theatrically inclined.
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
The State Theatre New Jersey was saved, as its website states, from "the ravages of time." Built in 1921 as a vaudeville and silent-film palace, the venue fell on hard times in the 1970s. In 2003, however, a $3 million renovation restored the State Theatre New Jersey to much of its original glory, as crews painstakingly rehabbed the ornamental plaster, terracotta exterior, and actor holding cells. Inside the theater, a stunning chandelier sparkles more brightly than ever below the venue's signature dome.