Downtown Events: Downtown will be full of free music July 15-16

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July 11, 2005 // UPDATED 1:56 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Michael Metzger
Michael Metzger

There are 24 hours, or 1,440 minutes, or 86,400 seconds in a day. Each of those moments will be filled with music on the Marshall Field's Day of Music, beginning Friday, July 15 at noon and lasting until noon, Saturday, July 16.

This fifth annual free event takes place inside Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall and outside on the adjoining Peavey Plaza.

A highlight of the event is the Minnesota Orchestra's 8 p.m. performance of music by Beethoven, Sibelius and Grieg in Orchestra Hall. In all, more than 300 musicians will offer over 30 performances on the five stages inside and outside of the venue.

Other highlights include the roots rock and pop of the Kurt Jorgensen Band (6 p.m., Peavey Plaza South); the folk-pop of singer-songwriter Ellis (11 p.m., Peavey Plaza North); the Minnesota Mandolin Orchestra (2 p.m., Orchestra Hall); the bagpipe-fueled Celtic music of Piper's Crow (5 p.m., Peavey Plaza North); and the new-school New Orleans jazz of Southside Aces (1 p.m., Peavey Plaza North).

For those who will be out and about in the wee hours, check out the howling guitar distortions of Michael Yonkers (1-2 a.m.) in Orchestra Hall's lobby, and fellow guitarist night owls Jeremy Ylvisaker (2-3 a.m.), Ben Woolman (3-4 a.m.) and Steve Blons (4-5 a.m.)

For a complete concert schedule, go to www.minnesotaorchestra.org/dayofmusic.