If you’re into high culture, the place to be for the next month is Winona.
Both the Minnesota Beethoven Festival and the Great River Shakespeare Festival open this weekend and continue through July. These festivals offer a chance to see world-class artists in comfortable settings here in southeastern Minnesota.
Great River Shakespeare Festival
When: “Macbeth” opens Season 16 at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The festival continues through Aug. 4. Complete schedule at grsf.org.
Plays: Besides “Macbeth,” the festival this season presents “Cymbeline,” “The Servant of Two Masters,” “No Child...,” “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” and the apprentice production of “Love’s Labour’s Lost.”
Who is in the shows? Professional actors from around the country came to Winona to perform.
Where: Nearly all productions are in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Winona State University.
What else: There are discussions with the casts and directors, narrated set changes on Saturdays, the Callithump variety show on July 30, as well as special lectures in the Front Porch series. In addition, a brief introduction to each play is given 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Tickets: Prices vary with shows; generally tickets are $10 to $49. Tickets on Tuesdays are $12. Free tickets for students ages 11-18 on Thursday evenings. Tickets at grsf.org/buy-tickets and 507-474-7900.
Minnesota Beethoven Festival
When: The festival opens with a concert by Joshua Bell at 3 p.m. Sunday, and continues through July 21.
Who else is performing? July 2 and 3, Olivier Latry, organ; July 7, Adam Goka, piano; July 9 Manhattan Chamber Players; July 11, Julian Bliss, clarinet; July 14, Yekwon Sunwoo, piano; July 16, Venice Baroque Orchestra; July 18 and 19, Parker String Quartet; July 21, Minnesota Orchestra.
Where: Bell’s concert is in Somsen Hall at Winona State University; Latry performs at Central Lutheran Church; Parker String Quartet is at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum; the Minnesota Orchestra is at Winona Middle School. All other concerts are in Page Theatre on the campus of Saint Mary’s University.
Tickets: The opening concert is sold out. Tickets are still available for most other concerts. Tickets are $25, and can be reserved at 866-811-4111 and through mnbeethovenfestival.org.