Following a gala Feb. 28 ($125-$1,000; info at 651-282-3114 or, the Ordway will celebrate with a monthlong festival. Some highlights:

March 4: "Mozart for the Young at Heart," performed by members of the Minnesota Opera and Minnesota Youth Symphonies.

March 5 & 6: The SPCO lights up its new hall with Prokofiev, Tsontakis and Beethoven.

March 7: "20 Years of Freedom," a concert by two South African legends, trumpeter Hugh Masekela and singer Vusi Mahlasela.

March 7-15: Minnesota Opera premieres "The Manchurian Candidate" by composer Kevin Puts and librettist Mark Campbell, the team behind "Silent Night," which won Puts a Pulitzer Prize.

March 11: Ananya Dance Theatre premieres "Aahvan: Invoking the Cities," an Ordway-commissioned epic.

March 12: Concert by La Santa Cecilia, Grammy winners for best Latin rock album.

March 13-14: SPCO plays Mahler's Fourth Symphony.

March 14: A free Family Day (9 a.m. to noon) includes storytelling, arts and crafts and dance lessons.

March 15: Vocal group Cantus performs "Songs of the Baltic Awakening."

March 17: St. Patrick's Day concert by celebrated Celtic group Cherish the Ladies.

March 18: St. Paul singer-songwriter Haley Bonar, fresh off a European tour.

March 19: Grammy-winning Twin Cities group Sounds of Blackness sings songs of hope and freedom.

March 20: The Schubert Club presents "Love Songs," by Brahms, Schubert, Schumann and Berg, performed by vocalists from the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

March 21: Broadway legend Bernadette Peters sings Stephen Sondheim and other show tunes.