Spotlight Series

The MacPhail Spotlight Series

The MacPhail Spotlight Series showcases the exceptional talents of MacPhail faculty and special guests, providing an intimate listening experience. Under the artistic direction of Mischa Santora, this premier performance event is brought to life with collaborations from some of the Twin Cities’ finest artists.

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The MacPhail Spotlight Series 2022-23

Musical Explorations in Spectral Colors

This unique series gives musicians and visual artists a collaborative platform to create performances that are eclectic, thought-provoking, and entertaining.

I am so thrilled about the continuing journey of the Spotlight Concert Series building new artistic connections in our community. With each new season we have a unique opportunity to expand the scope of representation through our fantastic guest artists. We can learn so much about who we are as a community, and perhaps more importantly, where we want to go, all while enjoying wonderful performances. This season we present three important Twin Cities artists from the visual world, including painting and photography. Please join us, as these artists collaborate with MacPhail’s phenomenal performers on stage, weaving together a powerful, relevant narrative during each performance.

Mischa Santora, Artistic Director, MacPhail Spotlight Series

Tickets to MacPhail Spotlight are available as a series or for individual performances (based on availability).

Series subscription: Spotlight series subscription sales closed on September 26, 2022.

When you buy a subscription you’re guaranteed tickets to see each performance. A subscription is economical, series subscribers save 20% off the single ticket price. This year’s series includes three performances: September 24, February 25. and April 22.

Antonello Concert Series: $60 (No refunds or exchanges. A subscription discount is only available for $25 level tickets.)

Single Tickets:

$25 adults, $15 (youth ages 6-18 and people 55+)

MacPhail student discount tickets:

MacPhail students are eligible to buy two tickets for $5 each to the concert of their choice. Please contact [email protected] or call 612.321.0100 for a discount code. 

MacPhail Employees: please email Program Services Manager, Bjorn Grina (link to: [email protected]) for inquiries about comp ticket availability for staff and faculty. Tickets are subject to availability. 

Featured Performers

September 24, 2022

IN THE MOMENT: Jendayi Berry

Jendayi is a highly gifted, versatile, and entrepreneurial Twin Cities artists, who specializes in live-painting projects (among other things). He will paint several canvases during our live performance at Antonello, representing the musical work in visual terms. In the process of visualization, Jendayi will be guided by the wide variety of musical styles and countries of origin (e.g. Spanish, Armenian, Japanese, and American).

February 25, 2023


Eyenga Bokamba is a visual artist and designer whose creative practice is based in the United States and Italy. Among her accomplishments are a Bush Leadership Fellowship, four solo shows in the US and one in Italy.  Eyenga currently serves as a board member of the National Performance Network. The artist was inducted into the National Association of Women Artists (NAWA) in 2011 at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City.

April 22, 2023


Asha is a successful event and food photographer in the Twin Cities (and MacPhail collaborator), and she has a strong narrative style.

Upcoming Spotlight Series Performances

Wednesday, December 6
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Date: July 23, 2023

Time: 7:00 PM

Location: Online

Performance Archive

Looking for a past Spotlight Series Concert? Check out our Performance Archive!

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