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Romance is in the air

Tony Potts as Marcello and Katherine Henly as Musetta perform in Theater Latté Da’s production of 'La Boheme.' Dan Norman

January 18, 2022

Valentine’s Day is still a month away, but hey, we still need to keep warm in January. For that, there’s plenty of romantic passion to heat things up this week.

Theater Latte Da opens its unique staging of Puccini’s opera La Boheme, transforming the intimate Ritz Theater in Minneapolis into the Left Bank of Paris. The music is arranged for the Parisian café orchestra, while director Peter Rothstein moves the action roughly 100 years later during the Nazi occupation of Paris, where the stakes are high and passions run deep.

Russians know all about cold weather and passion, and that’s why the temperature rises this weekend in Sioux Falls and Mankato. The Mankato Symphony’s “Russian Treasures” program this Sunday afternoon includes Tchaikovsky, Borodin and Prokofiev’s playful Peter and the Wolf, with an Oscar-winning animated film. The South Dakota Symphony’s “Radiant Rachmaninoff” concert this Saturday night features his epic Symphony No. 2. Is it getting warm in here?