New principal clarinet at MN Orchestra; a Prince tribute show at Gamut Gallery

Courtesy of the Minnesota Orchestra
Gabriel Campos Zamora

Artscape is taking Friday and Tuesday off and will return on Wednesday, July 6. Have a safe and happy Fourth!

Just in time for its European tour, the Minnesota Orchestra has a principal clarinet, filling a key position left vacant since Burt Hara officially resigned in March 2014 for a position with the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Costa Rica native Gabriel Campos Zamora most recently served as associate principal clarinet of the Kansas City Symphony. Prior to that, he was principal clarinet of the Virginia Symphony. He has also been guest principal with the Cleveland Orchestra, Seattle and Houston Symphonies.

Campos began his musical training at the Instituto Nacional de Musica in San José, Costa Rica, moved to the United States to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy and received his bachelor’s degree from the Colburn Conservatory in Los Angeles.

He won the position with the Minnesota Orchestra after an extensive audition process. (Following Hara, who was principal clarinet for 26 years, much loved and internationally acclaimed, is no small thing.) In a statement, Music Director Osmo Vänskä praised Campos as “a great musician who will undoubtedly be a great asset.” Campos said, “I feel honored and simply lucky to become a member of one of the greatest American orchestras.”

Campos’ first performance with the orchestra will be Aug. 16 at the Tour Send-Off concert at Orchestra Hall. He will then travel with the Orchestra to Lahti, Finland, Edinburgh, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

Might there be a Campos-Vänskä clarinet superduo sometime in our future?

A posh new theater in Bloomington

Minnesota Masonic Charities held a grand opening Friday for its shiny new Heritage Center in Bloomington. The handsome 50,000-square-foot, $25 million building, sited on a tree-lined campus, features the kinds of details and finishes rarely seen today in new construction, including ornate columns, arches, masonry patterns and a two-story stained glass window. Inside are a library, a 3,700-square-foot museum for displaying Masonic artifacts, and a beautiful 3,000-square-foot, 443-seat theater.

Photo by Bruce Silcox
The Heritage Center

The library and museum are open to the public, and the theater is available to rent, with special rates available for nonprofits. A new theater is an exciting place and we’d love to check it out, so if you stage or present an event there – a play, a concert, a dance – let us know.

Mary Lee out, Jocey Hale in at Cantus

Cantus’ executive director Mary Lee stepped down on June 3 after nearly seven years with the men’s vocal ensemble. Jocelyn Hale, who served as the Loft’s ED from 2007-2015, will serve as interim director while Cantus’ board searches for a new ED with a target hire date of Jan. 1, 2017.

At the Cantus “Covers” concerts in June, which closed out its 2015-16 season, we learned that three members of the group would be moving on: Matthew Tintes, Paul Rudoi and Joe Shadday.

Cantus recently announced its 2016-17 season, which includes a special concert at Orchestra Hall in October with the Grammy-winning ensemble Chanticleer.

The picks

Tonight (Thursday, June 30) at the Minnesota Zoo: Morris Day and the Time. What time is it? Formed by Prince in the 1980s, this band is so funky. Will their Music in the Zoo concert be a Prince tribute? How can it not be? The show has been sold out for ages, but you can always hope someone will turn in their tickets. Doors at 7, music at 7:30. In the Weesner Family Amphitheater, past the tigers.

Opens tonight at Gamut Gallery: Prince Art and Sound Tribute Show. With Prince-inspired art by more than 60 artists, “Purple Rain” screening in the backyard, a new mural, DJ sets and performances, and a Prince-themed dance class. Curated by Minneapolis artists Erin Sayer and Louisa Greenstock. 7-11 p.m. $10 Thursday, $5 Friday and Saturday. Ends July 2.

Tonight at the Walker: Skyline Mini Golf. Play a round or two of artist-designed, art-inspired mini golf a bit closer to heaven. While the Sculpture Garden and the Walker’s campus are being renovated, the course – nine holes – has been moved to the Walker’s rooftop terrace. You can still get a beer and a frank. Open today until 9 p.m. Tickets ($12/$10/$9) at the Hennepin box office.  

Courtesy of Shakespeare & Company
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Friday through Sunday at Century College in White Bear Lake: Shakespeare & Company. It looks like an ideal weekend for Shakespeare – under the sky, in the college’s outdoor theater on the west campus. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, snacks and beverages and settle in for “The Tempest” (Friday and Sunday) or “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (Saturday). This is Shakespeare & Company’s 41st season, making it Minnesota’s longest-running outdoor classical repertory theater. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets on site: $15 adults, $13 seniors, free under 12.

Saturday at Orchestra HallThe New Standards with the Minnesota Orchestra. One of the Twin Cities’ best-loved pop-alt-rock groups, the New Standards – Chan Poling, John Munson and Steve Roehm – will join the Minnesota Orchestra on stage at Orchestra Hall for a concert of, um, new standards including Elvis Costello’s “Watching the Detectives,” Outkast’s “Hey Ya!” and “Love Is the Law” from Poling’s days with the Suburbs. Robert Elhai wrote the arrangements; Sarah Hicks, principal conductor of Live at Orchestra Hall, will lead both bands. What else is new? On-stage cocktail bar seating, the Standards’ idea. Poling said: “We were trying to think of something that would be unique about this show, because honestly, the New Standards are not your typical concert hall group. We thrive in situations that are loose and where the banter can flow freely. And the booze.” FMI and tickets ($30-$100).

Monday: See last Tuesday’s Artscape.

Tuesday at Plymouth Congregational Church: Andrew Staupe, concert pianist. The St. Paul native plays a program of Mozart, Berg, Schumann and Brahms, and Sarah Snider’s Opus No. 1. Staupe studied with Lydia Artymiw at the U and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012. 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday at the St. Paul Athletic Club: Krista Tippett discusses “Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living.” Subtext Books planned to host this event at its downtown St. Paul store but wisely moved it to the Athletic Club. “Becoming Wise” is the latest from Peabody Award-winning broadcaster and podcaster (“On Being”) and National Humanities medalist. 7 p.m. Cash bar.

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