Sommerfest will now be held on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota

Sommerfest will now be held on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota

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.