For some of us it seems like just yesterday that the Ordway Music Theater opened its doors in downtown St Paul. Yet it's actually now been a quarter century since the ribbon-cutting for grand edifice now known as the ordway Center for the Performing Arts.
Over the years it's hosted many of the world's great performers, from classical musicians to opera stars, from Broadway belters, to world music maestros.
In January the Ordway will celebrate its big birthday with an open house on Sunday 17th. Plans for a new concert hall on the current site of the McKnight Theater will also be unveiled at the event.
Before then we at MPR will mark the Ordway's quarter century with a broadcast of a recording of the first recital in the hall, when legendary soprano Leontyne Price sang for the Schubert Club. That will air on January 13th, 25 years and 5 days after the historic show.
We are looking for your input on the Ordway: what stories, memories, and recollections do you have of the hall, or the artists you saw there? Please share them by clicking here. You never know, your story may end up on the air or on the web.
I went to Ordway last Saturday and watched The Beauty and the Beast. The play was amazing and the theater looks fabulous. I had never been to a theater like that before and I was amazed. 25 looks good on Ordway!
Seeing my son perform in "The Rocky Horror Show" last year..." A Christmas Carole Petersen" two times...and "The Full Monty" this year. The McKnight Theatre is one of the best venues in the world! Small and intimate, great sound, wonderful productions.