ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Groundbreaking is set June 19 for a new Concert Hall at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul.

The Concert Hall will replace the existing 306-seat McKnight Theatre.

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Preparations for construction of the new 1,100-seat Concert Hall began in March. Construction began on a three-story production wing to provide dressing rooms, workrooms and offices to support both the Ordway’s Music Theater and the new Concert Hall.

The $79 million project will expand the number of available seats across the Ordway’s two halls. It also will provide more scheduling flexibility for the four arts organizations that use the Ordway.

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The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will make its downtown St. Paul home in the new Concert Hall.

Demolition of the McKnight Theater will begin in July.

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