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Summer Performance Series

Sunday evenings June through August
Event Location: Theater in the Woods outdoor amphitheater
(unless noted)
Admision is free with a $5 per person suggested donation to support the program.

The Summer Performance Series is a family-friendly program that features a wide variety of music, theater and dance concerts presented against a backdrop of earthworks and majestic oaks in the Theater in the Woods amphitheater.

The series brings some of the most talented regional and local artists to perform outdoors at Caponi Art Park. Bring the whole family and join us for an exciting season celebrating art and nature at Caponi Art Park.

Bring lawn chairs or a blanket to spread on the grassy slopes for an enjoyable evening at the Art Park.

All groups, including childcare centers, schools, scout troops, and service groups, must call ahead for space availability, fees, and parking information.

In addition to our main parking lot at 1220 Diffley Road, performance parking is available at the Lexington-Diffley Athletic fields (unless noted). Banners and signs will be posted. Walking distance to amphitheater is a hilly 5-minute hike from either entrance. Golf carts will be available to transport guests with mobility needs.

2014 Summer Performance Series Schedule
Visit the Event Calendar for our full calendar of events.

Theatre Pro Rata presents Twelfth Night
Sunday, June 8, 6:30 p.m.

Theatre Pro Rata provides us with a fun and fresh retelling of Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Creating smart, vivid, varied, and gutsy programming, Theatre Pro Rata audience members are part of moving, thought-provoking theatre. Based in Minneapolis, MN, this professional theater company is interested in how they do theater, not what kind of theater it is (that's why they do edgy black comedies as well as Shakespeare).

Performance is most suitable for ages 10 and up due to minor crude humor and mild sexual content.

Minnesota Sinfonia
Sunday, June 22, 6:30 p.m.
Rain date: June 29 at 6:30 p.m.

The Minnesota Sinfonia's summer family pops concert presents a wide variety of music from the movies, Broadway, marches, waltzes, and light classics. Characterized by their elegant strings, this fine-tuned professional chamber orchestra boasts some of the very best musicians in the Twin Cities committed to providing free access to music.

Jawaahir Dance Company
Sunday, July 6, 6:30 p.m.

Jawaahir Dance Company brings the rich folkloric heritage of the Arabic-speaking Middle East to the theatrical stage. The dance company presents artistically exceptional performances of Middle Eastern dance, music, and sumptuous costumes in both traditional and contemporary forms.

Dakota Valley Summer Pops Orchestra and Chorus
Sunday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.
Rain date: July 27 at 6:30 p.m.

The organization was created in 1986 to provide an opportunity for skilled volunteer musicians to join together to perform and promote diverse symphonic musical experiences of all periods and styles for residents of the south suburban Twin Cities area. The group also provides a forum for aspiring local composers to premiere their work. The symphony is comprised of a 90-member Summer Pops orchestra and chorus, all under the direction of founder and music director Stephen J. Ramsey.

Flying Foot Forum
Sunday, August 3, 6:30 p.m.

Flying Foot Forum is a vibrant and bold percussive dance/theater company that fuses percussion and percussive dances with many other forms of music, dance and theater, telling unusual tales, creating a wild variety of characters, and exploring universal ideas in inventive and exciting new ways.

Sunday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.
Rain date: Monday, August 18

Lauded for providing "a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers," Zeitgeist is one of the longest established new music chamber ensemble. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music.


These activities are made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council from from an appropriation by the Minnesota Legislature.

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