Refreshing ‘Carmina Burana’
Minnesota Dance Theatre presents a refreshed version of its 1970s “Carmina Burana” production featuring its dancers and Minnesota Chorale singers — not to mention solo vocalists Bradley Greenwald, Linh Kauffman and Justin Madel. Written in the 1930s, Carl Orff’s scenic cantata was always intended to include dancing, although it’s usually performed without. Minnesota Dance Theatre’s production is the rare exception.SHEILA REGAN
8 p.m. Fri.-Sat., 3 p.m. Sun., Cowles Center, Mpls., $22-$41, thecowlescenter.org
Jazz trumpet adventurer Roy Hargrove has recorded with soul man D’Angelo and rock hero John Mayer. Hargrove usually tours with one of his four groups — the funky RH Factor; the Afro-Cuban Cristol; his hard-bop jazz quintet, or big band. No word yet on which musicians he’s bringing to the Dakota this week but he is featuring a fine singer, Roberta Gambarini. She and Hargrove worked together in the Dizzy Gillespie All Star Big Band.
7 & 9 p.m. Wed.-Thu. Dakota Jazz Club, Mpls., $25-$45, dakotacooks.com
“Rise Up, O Men,” the sixth installment in the “Church Basement Ladies” franchise, offers a simple twist, by letting long-standing characters interact with fresh faces: the men of the community. There’s Karin’s long-mentioned husband, Elroy, aging farmer Carl and hard-of-hearing World War I vet Arlo. It’s the summer of 1964, and the community is ready to celebrate its diamond jubilee. Music, laughter and Lutherans ensue.
Ends April 8, Plymouth Playhouse, Plymouth, $29-$40, plymouthplayhouse.com
Country rabble rouser Eric Church threw a curve ball with “Mr. Misunderstood” in late 2015. It’s a stripped down, folk-soul album about the truisms in life and music. The music seems to owe more to Kenny Loggins than Bruce Springsteen, whom Church honored with the 2012 smash single “Springsteen.” The new disc did lead to a CMA album of year trophy and a No. 1 song, “Record Year,” but don’t let its gentleness fool you. Church will still kick butt in concert.
8 p.m. Fri. Target Center, Mpls., $27-$89, axs.com
Vicente Martin y Soler is not the most familiar name in classical music. In his time, though, Soler was compared favorably to Mozart. He even used Mozart librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte for his opera “Diana’s Garden.” The piece is seldom staged today, but Minnesota Opera steps into the breach with a new production starring soprano Leah Partridge as chaste goddess Diana and bass-baritone Craig Colclough as the shepherd Doristo, temporarily turned into a sapling for daring to admire her.
7:30 p.m. Sat., Ordway, St. Paul; $25-$200, mnopera.org
In 2001, with the permission of the estates of Rodgers and Hammerstein, playwright David Henry Hwang wrote a new book for “Flower Drum Song” but kept the lush music. In 2009, Mu Performing Arts staged a successful production that juxtaposed the Peking Opera with flashy showgirls, gritty immigrant life with assimilationist dreams. It is getting a revival under director Randy Reyes.
Opens Fri. Ends Feb. 20, Park Square Theatre, St. Paul, $70, parksquaretheatre.org
Delve into the rich history of Hennepin County. The exhibit “Ice Water and Opera Glasses” covers 150 years of rich theater culture in the Twin Cities with elaborate gowns, handbills and posters. “Behind the Ballot Box” offers a nonpartisan look at the county through a variety of objects such as Mahala Pillsbury’s inaugural gown and a table made by a South High School student for the 1892 Republican convention.
Daily, hours vary, Hennepin History Museum, Mpls., $3-$5, hennepinhistory.org
Denver’s “Ho, Hey”-hollering folk-stomping Lumineers got past one-hit-wonder status with last year’s hit single “Ophelia” and the album “Cleopatra.” But was it enough to earn them arena-headlining status? They always worked their crowds with a sporty energy and could prove a good fit. Opening are Andrew Bird, a violin-bowing Illinois indie-rock mainstay, and California rocker Margaret Glaspy of “Emotions and Math” buzz.
7 p.m. Thu. Target Center, Mpls., $29.50-$59.50, axs.com
This marks the second installment in a five-year St. Paul Chamber Orchestra project pairing Beethoven’s piano concertos with new Beethoven-inspired works. Outstanding pianist Jonathan Biss performs the world premiere of English composer Sally Beamish’s Piano Concerto No. 3, “City Stanzas,” as well as Beethoven’s First Concerto.
11 a.m. Fri., 8 p.m. Sat., Ordway, St. Paul; 3 p.m. Sun., St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, Mahtomedi; $13-$53, thespco.org