Updated: 04/04/2014 10:35 PM
Created: 04/04/2014 3:20 PM KSTP.com
By: Megan Stewart
After five years of planning, design and renovation, the curtain went up this Friday on the University of Minnesota’s historic Northrop.
The arts and entertainment venue is celebrating its Inside Out Grand Reopening as the academic and cultural center of the Twin Cities’ campus.
More than 2,000 people were expected to attend a public performance of the American Ballet Theatre in Giselle, accompanied by a live orchestra, on Friday night. Since its launch in 1939, American Ballet Theatre is recognized as one of the great dance companies in the world.
Following Friday’s ballet performance, the U of M Marching Band performed and lead University leaders, donors, faculty, staff, students and the public into the lobby for a post-show dessert reception.
The newly commissioned Northrop Fanfare took place on Friday. The composition, by U of M sophomore Spencer Brand, was selected from a pool of student submissions. Brand, a trumpet performance major in the U’s School of Music, is from Alexandria, Minn.
The University Board of Regents approved a $88.2 million renovation project on the classic building and community leaders broke ground for the structure in February 2011.