Editor's Note: I called the Loring Theater last week for an interview when I heard they were cancelling shows, but have yet to hear back from the staff. FYI, Steve Barberio was also a major player in the power shift at the Southern Theater a few years back.
Under his management, both venues came out swinging with very dynamic seasons, but weren't able to build a financial base to support them.
Update 11:44am: Steve Barberio e-mailed me this morning to make a clarification about his role in Southern's programming:
"I did not select any content while on contract with the Southern and the financial difficulties preceded me by several years and extended well beyond my tenure. All content was selected by Jeff Bartlett and my contract ended six weeks after Jeff left. He had put together all content for that upcoming season."
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The newly rechristened Loring Theater in Minneapolis has canceled some shows and relocated others but remains open.
Managing partner Steve Barberio says the 440-seat theater still plans to put on a half-dozen events this year.
Barberio says the Loring is not getting the attendance it needs in the tough economy. But he adds, "We're not closing the doors."
The jewel-box theater on Nicollet Avenue South formerly was the Music Box Theatre, longtime home of the comedy hit "Triple Espresso."
Last January it was renamed to its original name, the Loring Theater. Barberio says the intent was to create a variety theater, with music, movies and theatrical shows.
Barberio says the theater has cut back staff but still has six permanent staff members.
The Loring opened in 1920.
One of Minnesota's musical traditions for the holidays is going national.
Some 500 St. Olaf College students sing in five choirs and play in the orchestra during the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival
The St. Olaf Christmas Festival will present "Rejoice, Give Thanks, and Sing" live in movie theaters across the country, as part of its 100th anniversary celebration.
The concert will be broadcast on Sunday, December 4 at 2:30pm CT from Skoglund Center Auditorium on the campus of St. Olaf College in Northfield, as per usual. But now people will be able to hear - and see - the concert in such widespread locations as Anchorage, Alaska and Honolulu, Hawaii.
The two-hour program of hymns, carols, choral works and orchestral selections will be performed by St. Olaf Choir, the Viking Chorus and Chapel Choir, the Cantorei, and Manitou Singers, along with the St. Olaf Orchestra.T the event will begin with a special half-hour retrospective focusing on the 100-year history of the Christmas Festival.
You can see the complete list of participating venues here.