The snow isn’t here yet, but you can still see music and dance

It will be a while before the St. Paul Snowblower Ballet will be throwing snow.

We’ve first got to raise funds to match the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge grant (ask us how you can help!), and design a show, assemble snowblowers, decide on music, costumes and dozens of other details.

A preview version of the ballet is planned this February on White Bear Lake as part of the Art Shanty Projects. But the full program isn’t planned until the end of January 2018.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t see the artists that will be performing in the Snowblower Ballet right now.

The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra recently told two love stories in its concert with “A Few Words About Chekhov” by Dominick Argento and “Scheherazade” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakoff.

Argento, Composer Laureate of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, skipped watching the Vikings game to attend the concert at St. Phillip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth and say a few words about his work.

And here’s what “Scheherazade” sounded like in rehearsal and performance under the baton of conductor William Schrickel.

The MSO will be back on the stage January 29 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church in St. Paul with a happy birthday concert tribute to John Williams. Star Wars!

And this weekend you can see our other artistic partner, St. Paul Ballet, perform its “Clara’s Dream from The Nutcracker” by ballet artistic director Zoé Emilie Henrot.

Performances are Dec. 2-4 at The O’Shaughnessy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul with new visual works by scenic designer Anne Henly.

Without these artists, the Snowblower Ballet would just be a catchy idea.

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