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Summer Performance Series

Sunday evenings June through August
Event Location: Theater in the Woods outdoor amphitheater

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. Shakespeare's classic tale of love, mistaken identity, and yellow stockings takes on the feel of southern Europe in the 50s (think Roman Holiday) mixed with Pro Rata's signature eye-catching costuming. The production is perfect for summer 'theater in the park' fare. It's bold and boisterous and tons of fun.

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


Jawaahir Dance Company: Middle Eastern Dancing
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.

Jawaahir, meaning "jewels" in Arabic, is one of only three professional dance companies in the Midwest.

Jawaahir Dance Company returns to the park on Tuesday, July 23 at 10:00 a.m. for our Family Fun Tuesdays.

Minnesota Sinfonia
Rescheduled due to weather to: Sunday, July 13 at 6:30 p.m.
Originally scheduled on June 22.

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.

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: Percussive Theater and Dance
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.

This project is more intimate than most of the company's work, a sleek, elegant, bare bones style, and an almost purely abstract concept. A sampling of the evening's pieces include:

I SAW ESAU: a trio based on the peculiar rhymes that children have passed down from one generation to the next. Created by Joe Chvala
SIGHT OF HAND: a trio based on the rhythms and shapes of baseball signals. Choreographed by Mary Ellen Childs
DID YOU HEAR THE ONE?: a tribute to tap dancing, and vaudeville. Created by Joe Chvala
LYCKOVALSEN: an old-time duet in hard-soled shoes inspired by clogging, soft-shoe, and other pre-tap dance forms set to music by Filarfolket. Choreographed by Joe Chvala
IN MY TIME OF DYING: a bluegrass tune that explores the anxiety and uncertainty one faces in one's time of dying. Choreographed by Karla Grotting

Get a sneak peak as Flying Foot Forum appears at the park on Tuesday, July 29 at 10:00 a.m. for our Family Fun Tuesdays.

Inuksuit by Zeitgeist

Zeitgeist: Performing “Inuksuit"
Sunday, August 17, 6:30 p.m.
Rain date: Monday, August 18

"Inuksuit", by Alaskan composer John Luther Adams, is a composition for up to 99 percussionist that is meant to be performed outdoors. The title refers to a type of stone landmark used by native peoples of the Arctic to navigate the Arctic landscape, and the music is designed to help us understand and connect with our environment. Musicians will be dispersed throughout the park playing a wide variety of percussion instruments, including drums, cymbals, conch shells, and sirens. The music will blend with the sounds of nature in the park, and listeners can move freely throughout the area to experience the music from different places.

Watch a promo trailer for "Inuksuit"

Lauded for providing "a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers," Zeitgeist is one of the longest established new music chamber ensemble. Zeitgeist creates imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music.

Get a sneak peak as Zeitgeist appears at the park on Tuesday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m. for our Family Fun Tuesdays.


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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