The Minnesota Orchestra will perform its well-liked Sommerfest program in the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota in July. Having been there myself on a few occasions and enjoying some orchestras, I can speak for its excellent acoustics. But there will be an issue with the capacity as it can only hold 1126 people whereas the Orchestra Hall – the previous home of Sommerfest – had a capacity of 2450.
The Minnesota Orchestra addresses this problem by repeating a few of the famous programs in the past. The Ted Mann Concert Hall is actually quite popular among local concert-goers and it will also have a better parking facility than the Orchestra Hall’s downtown Minneapolis locale.
But this is actually a temporary move because there is some construction work that is going to take place at the Orchestra Hall. The expansion work at the Orchestra Hall will be finished in a year’s time in the summer of 2013. For now, the Minnesota Orchestra will allow concert-goers to experience the Mississippi river view at the U of M rather than the city view downtown as they enjoy the Beatles, Beethoven and bratwurst.
Sommerfest will be held for three weeks from mid to late July and will showcase a return visit by 1964 the Tribute, a Beatles tribute band, on Thursday, July 26. After the summer program, the Minneapolis Convention Center Theater will then host the regular season performances.
Tickets range from $20 to $70 and go on sale online on March 16 and at the Orchestra Hall box office on March 20.