Sommerfest opens Friday

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July 7, 2003 // UPDATED 10:57 am - April 30, 2007
By: April Wooster
April Wooster

The Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest kicks off Friday, July 11, with a free, all-Beethoven performance led by guest conductor Marin Alsop and featuring pianist William Wolfram, 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall, 1111 Nicollet Mall.

The concert is part of the Marshall Field's Day of Music, presenting 24 hours of free music from noon to noon, Friday, July 11-Saturday, July 12. Concerts take place inside Orchestra Hall and outside in the adjacent Peavey Plaza. Musical styles include African pop, rockabilly, folk, hip-hop and Celtic.

Saturday morning events include a number of free, family-oriented music performances and activities such as crafts and sound factories. Patrons are encouraged to bring new and slightly used children's books to the box office for donation to charities that serve children. For a Day of Music schedule, visit

Orchestra Hall will host another all-Beethoven concert Saturday, July 12, at 8 p.m. (tickets $25-$43) and a chamber concert Sunday, July 13, at 7 p.m. (tickets $15).

The Sommerfest concert series runs until Aug. 2 and features light classical and chamber music. Peavey Plaza offers outdoor music and food vendors prior to all performances.

For more information or tickets, call the box office at 371-5656.