Did you know the Armistice was signed at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month of World War I? And now we’re approaching the 100th anniversary of that momentous occasion: Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018.
Commemorative events will take place around the world, including the Twin Cities (on Victory Memorial Drive and at Britt’s Pub). What happened in Minneapolis on that day in 1918? “A big siren tore the midnight silence … By 4 a.m., the downtown streets were clogged with merrymakers.” (Read more here.)
The last two surviving veterans died in 2011 and 2012. Both were 110.
Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Nov. 11 Armistice Remembrance Day in the State of Minnesota. And Northrop is going all out to make the day memorable and meaningful.
Inside Northrop, Minnesota artist David Geister’s three-panel, 30-ft. “WW1 America” mural will be on display in the lobby. Created for the Minnesota History Center’s 2017 World War I exhibit, the mural is now housed in the Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley, which loaned it to Northrop for the day. Geister will be there to talk about his design and process. WWI artifacts will be on view, borrowed from the Military Museum.
Starting at 4 p.m. on Northrop’s big stage, the Oratorio Society of Minnesota will perform a concert, “Lest We Forget.” The centerpiece will be the joint U.S. premiere of British composer Patrick Hawes’ choral work “The Great War Symphony,” which will be performed the same day at Carnegie Hall.
At Northrop, Matthew Mehaffey will lead the Oratorio Society of Minnesota Chorus, the U of M School of Music Men’s and Women’s Chorus, soloists, an orchestra and the U of M Wind Ensemble in a program that will also feature Northrop’s newly restored Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ. (Hawes is an organist.) Songs popular during the war and works by Dupré, Holst, and Ralph Vaughan Williams will lead up to Hawes’ symphony, which the composer has described as “a musical monument in memory of all those who gave their lives during the first World War.”
The Bells of Peace ceremony and Northrop lobby will be free and open to the public. Tickets to “Lest We Forget” are $28-48, with discounts available for members of the military, seniors, and youth 17 and under. FMI and tickets; 612-624-2345.
The concert will be broadcast live on Classical MPR, KSJN 99.5 FM and online.
Tonight at Magers & Quinn: Erin Gibson presents “Feminasty: The Complicated Woman’s Guide to Surviving the Patriarchy Without Drinking Herself to Death.” What else do we need to say about this? Go, laugh, weep, and stop off at one of the numerous hipster Uptown bars for a drink (just one!) on your way home. Gibson, aka Feminasty, is the Emmy-nominated creator and co-host of the comedy podcast “Throwing Shade.” 7 p.m. Free.
Wednesday at the American Swedish Institute: Nordic Accordion: Music and Poems in a Nordic Mood. Bart Sutter is a poet, essayist, and playwright who has written eight books, had four plays produced, and won three Minnesota Book Awards in three different categories. Ross Sutter is a singer of Scandinavian, Scottish and Irish songs and American traditional and popular songs; he accompanies himself on guitar, dulcimer, button accordion and bodhran. Their sibling act is a blend of music, storytelling, and poetry. Well, who wouldn’t like that? They’ll be at ASI with accordionist Art Bjorngjeld for a show about the experience of Scandinavian immigrants, their ancestors and their descendants. This will also be the book launch for Bart’s new poetry collection, “Nordic Accordion,” just out from Nodin Press. 7 p.m. Register here ($15/12).
Starts Thursday at the Ritz: “The Great Gatsby.” Collide Theatrical, creators of original Broadway-style jazz dance musicals, did a great “Dracula” and “Dance ’Till You Drop.” They’re back with their own world-premiere take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” a timeless tale of fabulous wealth, doomed love and the futility of trying to recapture the past. With a cast of 12 dancers, two vocalists and a live jazz band, this could be one of the best bets in the Twin Cities for a fun night out. Thursday, Friday and the Saturday matinee are previews; Saturday night is opening night. FMI and tickets ($26-50). Closes Nov. 18. Some performances have already sold out.
Thursday at Northrop: Pittsburgh Ballet and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra: “Mozart in Motion.” A marriage made in heaven: the dancers of the Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre and the musicians of the SPCO, together for the first time. For lovers of ballet and classical music, this is a no-brainer. The program will include “Divertimento No. 15,” with choreography by George Balanchine; Czech choreographer Jirí Kylián’s “Petite Mort,” a dance of duets and a nod to the French euphemism, with music from the slow parts of two Mozart piano concertos; and Kylián’s “Sechs Tänze,” set to six nonsensical acts from Mozart’s “German Dances.” 7:30 p.m. FMI and tickets ($60-80; discounts available). Free performance preview at 6:15 p.m. in the Best Buy Theater.