The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

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  • Single Ticket prices are $10-$50. Kids and students are free.

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  • Concerts as scheduled, most weekends, September through May

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  1. Exodus: Musicians in Exile

    900 Stillwater Rd
    Mahtomedi, MN 55115
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Clarinetist and director Martin Fröst examines the theme of exodus, performing works of composers who have been displaced or emigrated from their birth country that connects us with various waves of migration from the 19th century to the present. Fröst’s thrilling instrumental virtuosity is on full display in Golijov’s epic Dreams and Prayers, a wordless work evoking three languages—Aramaic, Yiddish and Hebrew. The program features the American premiere of Swedish-Russian composer Borisova Ollas’s new work Exodus, as well as arrangements of traditional Swedish songs.

  2. Exodus: Musicians in Exile

    345 Washington St
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Clarinetist and director Martin Fröst examines the theme of exodus, performing works of composers who have been displaced or emigrated from their birth country that connects us with various waves of migration from the 19th century to the present. Fröst’s thrilling instrumental virtuosity is on full display in Golijov’s epic Dreams and Prayers, a wordless work evoking three languages—Aramaic, Yiddish and Hebrew. The program features the American premiere of Swedish-Russian composer Borisova Ollas’s new work Exodus, as well as arrangements of traditional Swedish songs.

  3. Happy Hour Concert with Pekka Kuusisto

    345 Washington Street
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Join the SPCO after work for a special happy hour performance at the Ordway Concert Hall! Gather with your friends and SPCO musicians in the Marzitelli Foyer before the show and enjoy discounts on beer, wine and cocktails. Then bring your drinks into the hall for a one-hour concert featuring new Artistic Partner and violinist Pekka Kuusisto performing a series of Scandinavian masterpieces. Foxy Falafel, Fork in the Road and additional food trucks will be parked outside before and after the concert with appetizers and dinner available for purchase.

    Happy Hour 4:00–6:00pm
    Concert 6:00–7:00pm

  4. In Times of War

    125 E Wayzata Boulevard
    Wayzata, MN 55391
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    This program explores music born out of the horrors of war. Gideon Klein was a promising young composer and pianist when the Nazi regime imprisoned him in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, along with many other artists and musicians forced into slavery, and his original Partita for Strings, scored for violin, viola and cello, was performed in the concentration camp and later arranged for string orchestra. Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra was written in 1939 while the threat of World War II loomed over his native Hungary. Closing the program is Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, a powerful statement on war, written in 1960 under the intense scrutiny of Communist censorship.

  5. In Times of War

    2128 4th St S
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    This program explores music born out of the horrors of war. Gideon Klein was a promising young composer and pianist when the Nazi regime imprisoned him in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, along with many other artists and musicians forced into slavery, and his original Partita for Strings, scored for violin, viola and cello, was performed in the concentration camp and later arranged for string orchestra. Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra was written in 1939 while the threat of World War II loomed over his native Hungary. Closing the program is Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, a powerful statement on war, written in 1960 under the intense scrutiny of Communist censorship.

  6. Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony

    12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Rd
    Apple Valley, MN 55124
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    This program opens with new SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson soloing on Dvorak’s Romance in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra, a piece reworked from one of his earlier quartets. The Dvorak piece is followed by William Walton’s Sonata for String Orchestra, a transcription of his String Quartet in A Minor that the 20th century English composer completed with his colleague Malcom Arnold. The concert closes with Mendelssohn’s beloved Italian symphony.

  7. Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony

    2324 Emerson Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55405
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    This program opens with new SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson soloing on Dvorak’s Romance in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra, a piece reworked from one of his earlier quartets. The Dvorak piece is followed by William Walton’s Sonata for String Orchestra, a transcription of his String Quartet in A Minor that the 20th century English composer completed with his colleague Malcom Arnold. The concert closes with Mendelssohn’s beloved Italian symphony.

  8. Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony

    345 Washington St
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    This program opens with new SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson soloing on Dvorak’s Romance in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra, a piece reworked from one of his earlier quartets. The Dvorak piece is followed by William Walton’s Sonata for String Orchestra, a transcription of his String Quartet in A Minor that the 20th century English composer completed with his colleague Malcom Arnold. The concert closes with Mendelssohn’s beloved Italian symphony.

  9. Pekka Kuusisto: Intimate Voices

    115 N Fourth St
    Stillwater, MN 55082
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Artistic Partner and violinist Pekka Kuusisto immerses SPCO audiences in the sound world of his native Finland in an all-Sibelius program of rarely played chamber works and string orchestra pieces, including the American premiere of a new arrangement of Sibelius’s Five Rustic Dances by Pekka’s brother, Jaakko Kuusisto. Pekka writes about Rakastava, “Everything in Rakastava feels and smells like nature at night, a Fennoscandian forest at dusk.” Sibelius’s lone mature quartet, subtitled Intimate Voices, was written by Sibelius after a difficult bout with throat cancer, and he turned inwards to rediscover his compositional voice.

  10. Pekka Kuusisto: Intimate Voices

    345 Washington St
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Artistic Partner and violinist Pekka Kuusisto immerses SPCO audiences in the sound world of his native Finland in an all-Sibelius program of rarely played chamber works and string orchestra pieces, including the American premiere of a new arrangement of Sibelius’s Five Rustic Dances by Pekka’s brother, Jaakko Kuusisto. Pekka writes about Rakastava, “Everything in Rakastava feels and smells like nature at night, a Fennoscandian forest at dusk.” Sibelius’s lone mature quartet, subtitled Intimate Voices, was written by Sibelius after a difficult bout with throat cancer, and he turned inwards to rediscover his compositional voice.

  11. Pekka Kuusisto: Intimate Voices

    3900 Bethel Dr
    Arden Hills, MN 55112
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Artistic Partner and violinist Pekka Kuusisto immerses SPCO audiences in the sound world of his native Finland in an all-Sibelius program of rarely played chamber works and string orchestra pieces, including the American premiere of a new arrangement of Sibelius’s Five Rustic Dances by Pekka’s brother, Jaakko Kuusisto. Pekka writes about Rakastava, “Everything in Rakastava feels and smells like nature at night, a Fennoscandian forest at dusk.” Sibelius’s lone mature quartet, subtitled Intimate Voices, was written by Sibelius after a difficult bout with throat cancer, and he turned inwards to rediscover his compositional voice.

  12. Pekka Kuusisto: Migration Patterns

    345 Washington St
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    In this program, the SPCO and Kuusisto bring together contemporary classical and traditional folk music, and a wide range of musical guests who share a love of programming that bridges multiple musical worlds. SPCO will premiere a new orchestration of Gabriel Kahane’s Orinoco Sketches, a work that draws its text from the diary of Hannelore Kahane (the composer’s grandmother) and the story of her emigration from Germany to the United States in 1939. The Norwegian fiddling in Grieg’s popular Holberg Suite is complemented by fiddling and improvising on traditional folk songs by Kuusisto and Amidon. The program concludes with a 21st century masterpiece, Lindberg’s Violin Concerto.

  13. Season Finale: Beethoven's Seventh Symphony

    345 Washington St
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Conductor and violinist Thomas Zehetmair draws his SPCO Artistic Partnership and the 2016.17 season to and end with a program of Romantic and contemporary works. The lively dance rhythms of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and the fairy tale fantasy of Mendelssohn’s Fair Melusina Overture bookend the world premiere of a Violin Concerto by Houston-based composer Pierre Jalbert, featuring Steven Copes as soloist, makes for an unforgettable close to the season.

  14. Where Words End: Bedroom Community and Friends

    2600 Park Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55407
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    In May 2017 The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra presents Where Words End, a festival that explores themes of immigration and cultural identity through the lens of Nordic music and culture with programs that bring together artists of various disciplines and backgrounds. The festival includes specially tailored SPCO concerts featuring Artistic Partners Martin Fröst and Pekka Kuusisto, Liquid Music programming with Iceland’s Bedroom Community, American Swedish Institute activities and more.

    Bedroom Community, “a creative hub of sonic geniuses that continues to evolve and produce incredible work” (BlackBook Magazine) operates out of Iceland as a collective and record label dedicated to the musical innovations of a close knit group of composers and performers including Daníel Bjarnason, Sam Amidon and Valgeir Sigurðsson. Celebrated as “a lightning rod at the juncture where the ambition of classical music meets the aesthetics of indie music” (Pitchfork), the collective teams up with Liquid Music, Finnish Violinist Pekka Kuusisto, primordial songstress Mariam Wallentin (Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Mariam the Believer) and the American Swedish Institute for a one of a kind performance on the grounds of the beautiful and historic Turnblad Mansion. Visitors can also experience The Weather Diaries, an art exhibition exploring fashion from Greenland, Iceland and the Faroe Islands.

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