28th Annual Saint Paul Honors Concert is April 23 at the Ordway

Photo of student musicians.
  • More than 450 Saint Paul Public School (SPPS) student artists, vocalists and instrumentalists will showcase their skills and talents during the 28th annual Honors Concert on Tuesday, April 23 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts.

    This annual event, presented by Saint Paul Public Schools (SPPS), in partnership with Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Minnesota Museum of American Art (The M), includes an instrumental and vocal concert, performance art and a projected video of original Honors student artwork.

    The evening will be emceed by Central High School graduate Stokley Williams. Williams, a Grammy-nominated vocalist, songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, is best known as the lead singer and drummer for legendary R&B group Mint Condition. He has crisscrossed the globe, touring with luminaries like Prince, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson and Alicia Keys.

    Williams is known for his enduring collaborations, including his is 2011 effort with Kelly Price, "Not My Daddy,” which earned a GRAMMY nomination; his television performances alongside Jimmy Fallon and Conan O’Brien; work on awards shows such as BET Honors and the American Music Awards; and his film scores and catalogue of studio work, with  Mariah Carey, Usher, Mary J. Blige and Jill Scott.

    The Honors Concert includes a free student showcase prior to the show, with Honors Visual Artwork projected during the concert. Honors student artwork will be shown May 16-May 26 at Minnesota Museum of American Art (The M) in Saint Paul.

    The Honors Visual Arts Exhibition hours are 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The exhibition is free and open to the public, and will feature selected paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and other works submitted by SPPS students.

    Since 1992, the annual Honors Concert has featured the musical and artistic talents of nearly 9,000 Saint Paul students through vocal and instrumental performances, spoken word poetry and visual art exhibitions. Students are selected to participate through auditions and art submissions.

    General admission tickets to the Honors Concert are $5 and can be purchased at Ordway’s box office the night of the event, by phone at 651-224-4222 or online at Ordway.org.

If You Go

  • Honors Concert and Performance Art

    Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington Street, Saint Paul

    When: Tuesday, April 23

    • 5:30 p.m. – Performance Showcase
    • 6:30 p.m. – Honors Concert

    Tickets: $5

    More info: Visit ordway.org or call 651-224-4222

    Honors Visual Art Exhibition Opening

    Where: Minnesota Museum of American Art, The Historic Pioneer Endicott • 350 Robert Street N, Saint Paul, Mn 55101

    When: Thursday, May 16

    • 5:30 - 730 p.m. - Honors Visual Art Exhibition Artists Opening
    • 6:00 p.m. - Program and Awards

    Tickets: Free  

    Note: The Honors Art Exhibition is open May 16- May 26