Jenna Ross | Star Tribune
Reporter | Arts and Culture

Jenna Ross is an arts and culture reporter. Before joining the Star Tribune's arts and entertainment team, she covered regional and breaking news as an enterprise reporter, spotting emerging issues and intriguing characters. Her favorite stories on that beat seemed to involve big lakes: the winter surfing scene on Lake Superior, the longtime teacher at a one-room schoolhouse on Lake of the Woods. She has also covered higher education and suburban news for the newspaper.

Musicians make a grim pilgrimage to Mandela's prison cell: 'I know I don't have that strength'

A former prisoner led the grim trek through Robben Island, where South Africa's future president spent 18 years.

At a historic concert in Cape Town, music echoes the words of Nelson Mandela

During a rousing, sold-out start for the Minnesota Orchestra in South Africa, the former president's words were sung by a soaring soprano.

'Music became a weapon against apartheid,' Mandela's daughter says as orchestra previews its program

"We're not in Kansas anymore, are we?" joked the evening's host, Brian Newhouse of Classical MPR, after the drums had quieted and the applause died down.

'It's not just a tour': Orchestra announces another first

The organization will perform in five cities, playing classical works and a new Mandela-inspired piece.

Trip to South Africa is the flowering of 'a new way' for Vänskä and his veterans

The orchestra embarks for South Africa this week, realizing "a big dream" for its players and partners.

Meet the orchestra's new CEO: 'The Minnesota model really resonates with me'

Incoming CEO Michelle Miller Burns vows to continue open, collaborative leadership at Minnesota Orchestra.

South African gospel choir brings 'healing' post-apartheid message to Orchestra Hall

Touring the Midwest this summer, the 29:11 choir found an unlikely partner in Minnesota Orchestra.

Minnesota's 'Bachelorette' brings friends together for 'guilty pleasure' viewing parties

With tongues in cheeks, savvy Minnesotans gather with friends for weekly "Bachelorette" viewing parties.

Project Diva founder bolsters black girls with intensive, immersive mentorship

Neda Kellogg is "being who she needed at the time when she was young."

Collection of old European paintings and contemporary art hangs in Northwoods of Minnesota

What's a collection of old European paintings and vibrant contemporary art doing in the Northwoods? Go find out.