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Minnesota Orchestra season to feature Beethoven marathon

Patricia Kopatchinskaja wants to push SPCO's musical envelope — When Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes her debut this weekend as an artistic partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she hopes to break new ground. But the violinist European music critics describe as one of the world's greatest hasn't come to the SPCO with a grand plan.

Fargo movie rumor spawns film about an urban myth — An odd urban myth connected to the Coen brothers' hit move "Fargo" has sparked another movie. "Kumiko the Treasure Hunter" - the tragicomic story of a Japanese woman who travels to Minnesota in search of the loot from "Fargo" - opens in Minneapolis this week.

Novel set in Fargo-Moorhead reveals the dangerous power of family secrets — In "A Fireproof Home for the Bride," Amy Scheibe explores the forbidden relationships, religious intolerance, and hidden violence uncovered by a woman seeking the truth about her family.

Helado Negro makes new music out of Latin, experimental sounds — Internationally acclaimed rock artists are in St Paul this weekend to join Roberto Carlos Lange of Helado Negro for a musical collaboration that fuses rock instrumentation with electronic creations.

Multimillion dollar gift will make MIA leading center of Japanese art — A multimillion dollar gift of nearly 700 paintings, ceramics, and other objects will make the Minneapolis Institute of Arts a leading center of Japanese art. The gift announced today comes from the estate of a Mary Griggs Burke, a St. Paul native born in 1916.

Epic novel blends puppetry, race and particle physics — Listen Reif Larsen reads from the opening chapter of 'I am Radar' From the opening chapter of Reif Larsen's new novel "I Am Radar," it's clear that the book is about identity.

Minnesota Orchestra's Sommerfest will bring a month of waltzes, opera and faraway sounds

The Minnesota Opera tackles the Cold War — The Minnesota Opera plunges into the Cold War this weekend with its world premiere adaptation of the political thriller "The Manchurian Candidate." An adaptation of Richard Condon's best-selling political thriller of 1959, it tells the story of Raymond Shaw, a U.S. Army soldier and the son of a prominent political couple.

At new Ordway hall, the SPCO has a home of its own

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