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Construction to begin on new Ordway concert hall next week

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Crews plan to break ground on a new concert hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul on June 19, Broadway reports.

The new 1,100-seat venue (artist’s rendering, above) will replace the 306-seat McKnight Theatre and become the primary home of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

It will also provide greater scheduling flexibility for all four members of the Arts Partnership -- which includes Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, Minnesota Opera, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club.

Demolition of the McKnight Theatre is scheduled to begin next month to make room for the larger facility.

Pioneer Press says construction on the $79 million project is due to be finished by December 2014, followed by several months of acoustic testing before a March 2015 opening.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra held their first concert last month after ending a six-month labor dispute in April.

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