Vote for The Cedar – Best Concert Venue 2017

We’ve been nominated for Best Concert Venue in the City Pages Minneapolis 2017 Best of the Twin Cities Reader’s Choice Poll! We know that there are a lot of great concert venues in the Twin Cities, but only one is an all-ages nonprofit with a local artist commissioning series, a free annual global music festival, […]

The Grace & Dalmar Show – Episode 7

It’s time for Grace & Dalmar episode 7! This episode, we’re featuring Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal (3/9), Kneedelus (3/24), and Tinariwen with Dengue Fever (4/10). The Grace & Dalmar Show is a short web series that highlights upcoming artists at The Cedar, hosted by Grace Evenson (Cedar Booking Coordinator) and Dalmar Yare (Cedar Artist […]

Don’t miss The Cedar Commissions this Friday & Saturday

Our  2016-17 Cedar Commissions artists Dameun Strange, Zack Baltich, Krissy Bergmark, Bethany Battafarano, Ritika Ganguly and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE debut their commissions this Friday, February 3rd, and Saturday, February 4th. Read excerpts of artist guest blogs and watch short video spotlights about each of their pieces below. The Cedar Commissions (formerly the 416 Commissions) is a flagship program […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Bethany Battafarano

Choral composer and soprano vocalist Bethany Battafarano is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. Her project “Oda a la paz”, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is a collaboration with Peruvian poet Helmut Jerí Pabón and Chilean musicians Vladimir Garrido and Nicolas Muñoz, exploring Western classical and Latin American sounds with a focus on […]

A Statement from The Cedar on President Trump’s Executive Order

Dear Community Members, The Cedar Cultural Center denounces President Trump’s Executive Order (EO) that bans travel to the U.S. from several Muslim-majority countries, including Somalia. As an anchor organization located in the heart of the largest Somali diaspora in North America, this EO has a devastating effect on our community and members of our staff. […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Dameun Strange

Composer Dameun Strange is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. His project Helianthus, debuting on February 3rd (get tickets here), is an afrofuturistic conceptual operetta that will tell the story of Strange as a composer and time traveler visiting his matriarchal ancestors at points in time when they learned valuable lessons that were then […]

Cedar Commissions Guest Blog: Zack Baltich

Composer and percussionist Zack Baltich is one of six 2017 Cedar Commissions artists. His project ingress/passage, debuting on February 4th (get tickets here), is a new work for drum-set, bass clarinet, and percussion (marimba, tuned bottles, found objects). Performed in collaboration with drummer Reese Kling and clarinetist Carley Olson, ingress/passage will seek alternative textural possibilities […]