The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

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  1. Baroque Concertos and Haydn’s Fire Symphony

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

    Drama abounds in this program of music with theatrical ambitions. Arvo Pärt’s stunning Fratres employs his tintinnabuli minimalist style to sonically dramatize his feeling that “the instant and eternity are struggling within us.” SPCO musicians shine as soloists in ebullient and evocative Baroque concertos from Francesco Geminiani, prolific opera composer Domenico Cimarosa and the beloved Antonio Vivaldi. Haydn’s Symphony No. 59, likely nicknamed Fire after its use as accompaniment to German playwright Gustav Friedrich Wilhelm Großmann’s play The Great Fire, closes out the program.

  2. Baroque Concertos and Haydn’s Fire Symphony

    30 Baker St E
    St Paul, MN 55107
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Drama abounds in this program of music with theatrical ambitions. Arvo Pärt’s stunning Fratres employs his tintinnabuli minimalist style to sonically dramatize his feeling that “the instant and eternity are struggling within us.” SPCO musicians shine as soloists in ebullient and evocative Baroque concertos from Francesco Geminiani, prolific opera composer Domenico Cimarosa and the beloved Antonio Vivaldi. Haydn’s Symphony No. 59, likely nicknamed Fire after its use as accompaniment to German playwright Gustav Friedrich Wilhelm Großmann’s play The Great Fire, closes out the program.

  3. Chamber Music Series: Beethoven’s First String Trio

    2027 West Broadway
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Brooklyn-based composer Ljova goes back to his Klezmer roots as the opener to this chamber music program, and the Kodály Serenade captures the folk music of his native Hungary. Beethoven’s string trio gives each member of the group a fair share of beautiful melodies and virtuosic passagework. The viola takes on an especially important role in this program, functioning not only as an inner voice in the Beethoven, but in the first half as the bass line and anchor of the group.

  4. Chamber Music Series: Beethoven’s First String Trio

    1531 Hewitt Ave
    St Paul, MN 55104
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Brooklyn-based composer Ljova goes back to his Klezmer roots as the opener to this chamber music program, and the Kodály Serenade captures the folk music of his native Hungary. Beethoven’s string trio gives each member of the group a fair share of beautiful melodies and virtuosic passagework. The viola takes on an especially important role in this program, functioning not only as an inner voice in the Beethoven, but in the first half as the bass line and anchor of the group.

  5. Chamber Music Series: Fanny and Felix

    1712 Randolph Ave
    St Paul, MN 55105
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    The Piano Trio of Fanny Hensel and the last quartet of her brother Felix Mendelssohn, both written within six months of each other in 1847, are inextricably tied together by the tragic circumstances of their composition. The passion and lyricism of Hensel’s Trio are brought to a fever pitch in Mendelssohn’s quartet, which was written in an outpouring of grief over his sister’s death from a stroke. Just six months later Mendelssohn also died of a stroke. The Konzertstück that opens the program harkens back to a happier time fifteen years earlier when Felix dashed off this charming showpiece for two friends after sharing a meal together.

  6. Chamber Music Series: Strong Sisters

    1712 Randolph Ave
    St Paul, MN 55105
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    At the heart of this program celebrating remarkable composers are works by Nadia and Lili Boulanger, the most famous sisters in classical music. The sisters drew upon each other for strength and inspiration, but after Lili’s tragic death at the age of 24, Nadia stopped composing and focused on teaching, becoming the most influential composition teacher of the 20th century. Each the works on this program traces its strength through different channels: Jessie Montgomery through spirituals, Dame Gillian Whitehead through a close friend struggling with cancer, and Joan Tower through her connection with the performers for whom she wrote her music.

  7. Chamber Music Series: Strong Sisters

    2027 West Broadway
    Minneapolis , MN 55411
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    At the heart of this program celebrating remarkable composers are works by Nadia and Lili Boulanger, the most famous sisters in classical music. The sisters drew upon each other for strength and inspiration, but after Lili’s tragic death at the age of 24, Nadia stopped composing and focused on teaching, becoming the most influential composition teacher of the 20th century. Each the works on this program traces its strength through different channels: Jessie Montgomery through spirituals, Dame Gillian Whitehead through a close friend struggling with cancer, and Joan Tower through her connection with the performers for whom she wrote her music.

  8. Family Concert: My Journey, My Music

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

    Dive into the artistic process of how experiences and influences creatively shape the musical heart of every work in this 50-minute concert geared for children ages 6–12 and their families. All ages are welcome as we feature works by Bartok, Frank, Grieg, Golijov, Still, Grainger and more!

  9. Fragments with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    115 N 4th St
    Stillwater, MN 55082
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja leads a program that explores the mystery behind various incomplete musical fragments. The last part of Bach’s magnum opus, his Art of Fugue, trails off mysteriously mid-sentence just as Bach embarks on a complex fugue that contains his musical signature. Fragments of a German chorale (“Immortal Victims”) haunt Hartmann’s tragic Concerto funebre, and Kopatchinskaja intersperses selections from Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments between the movements of Mozart’s most dramatic symphony. Schubert wrote just forty bars of an Andante that was meant to follow his brilliant Quartettsatz, a tantalizingly beautiful fragment that will end the concert.

  10. Fragments with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    6630 Shady Oak Rd
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja leads a program that explores the mystery behind various incomplete musical fragments. The last part of Bach’s magnum opus, his Art of Fugue, trails off mysteriously mid-sentence just as Bach embarks on a complex fugue that contains his musical signature. Fragments of a German chorale (“Immortal Victims”) haunt Hartmann’s tragic Concerto funebre, and Kopatchinskaja intersperses selections from Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments between the movements of Mozart’s most dramatic symphony. Schubert wrote just forty bars of an Andante that was meant to follow his brilliant Quartettsatz, a tantalizingly beautiful fragment that will end the concert.

  11. Fragments with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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

    Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja leads a program that explores the mystery behind various incomplete musical fragments. The last part of Bach’s magnum opus, his Art of Fugue, trails off mysteriously mid-sentence just as Bach embarks on a complex fugue that contains his musical signature. Fragments of a German chorale (“Immortal Victims”) haunt Hartmann’s tragic Concerto funebre, and Kopatchinskaja intersperses selections from Kurtág’s Kafka Fragments between the movements of Mozart’s most dramatic symphony. Schubert wrote just forty bars of an Andante that was meant to follow his brilliant Quartettsatz, a tantalizingly beautiful fragment that will end the concert.

  12. Fragments with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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

    Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja leads a program that explores the mystery behind various incomplete musical fragments. The last part of Bach’s magnum opus, his Art of Fugue, trails off mysteriously mid-sentence just as Bach embarks on a complex fugue that contains his musical signature. Fragments of a German chorale (“Immortal Victims”) haunt Hartmann’s tragic Concerto funebre, and Kopatchinskaja intersperses selections from Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments between the movements of Mozart’s most dramatic symphony. Schubert wrote just forty bars of an Andante that was meant to follow his brilliant Quartettsatz, a tantalizingly beautiful fragment that will end the concert.

  13. Fragments with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

    N College St & 1st St E
    Northfield, MN 55057
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja leads a program that explores the mystery behind various incomplete musical fragments. The last part of Bach’s magnum opus, his Art of Fugue, trails off mysteriously mid-sentence just as Bach embarks on a complex fugue that contains his musical signature. Fragments of a German chorale (“Immortal Victims”) haunt Hartmann’s tragic Concerto funebre, and Kopatchinskaja intersperses selections from Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments between the movements of Mozart’s most dramatic symphony. Schubert wrote just forty bars of an Andante that was meant to follow his brilliant Quartettsatz, a tantalizingly beautiful fragment that will end the concert.

  14. Happy Hour Concert: Maureen Nelson Plays The Lark Ascending

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

    Join us for a special pre-concert happy hour with food trucks and drink specials, then bring your drinks into the Ordway Concert Hall for a one-hour performance. The SPCO’s talented wind and string sections get to show off their virtuosity in Gounod’s charming Petite symphonie for winds and Dvorak’s pastoral Serenade for Strings. The full orchestra joins forces at the center of this program as SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson takes center stage for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ iconic The Lark Ascending, based on the George Meredith poem of the same name.

  15. Haydn’s Morning Symphony with Jonathan Cohen

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

    Jonathan Cohen, director and harpsichord.
    On this program, SPCO Artistic Partner and masterful Baroque interpreter Jonathan Cohen tracks the evolution from the Baroque style to the Classical. Baroque Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka pushed boundaries with his distinct harmonic treatments while English composer Charles Avison strove for a new balance between harmony and melody. C.P.E. Bach drew deeply from the dense intricacies of the Baroque style while incorporating elements of the simplicity and emotional clarity that would define the Classical style as exemplified in Haydn’s Morning Symphony.

  16. Haydn’s Morning Symphony with Jonathan Cohen

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

    Jonathan Cohen, director and harpsichord.
    On this program, SPCO Artistic Partner and masterful Baroque interpreter Jonathan Cohen tracks the evolution from the Baroque style to the Classical. Baroque Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka pushed boundaries with his distinct harmonic treatments while English composer Charles Avison strove for a new balance between harmony and melody. C.P.E. Bach drew deeply from the dense intricacies of the Baroque style while incorporating elements of the simplicity and emotional clarity that would define the Classical style as exemplified in Haydn’s Morning Symphony.

  17. Haydn's Seven Last Words of Christ

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

    Originally commissioned as an orchestral work to accompany Lenten worship services in Cadiz, Spain, this string quartet arrangement of Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ serves as a powerful centerpiece for reflection this Easter holiday. The piece is broken into nine movements; the introduction, seven sections labeled “sonatas” for each of the seven words (or sentences) uttered on the cross and a final movement depicting the earthquake following the crucifixion.

  18. Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah

    88 N 17th St
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Celebrate the holidays with one of classical music’s most beloved traditions and join the SPCO for our extremely popular annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. SPCO Artistic Partner Jonathan Cohen and the SPCO will be joined by an all-star roster of vocal soloists, and renowned vocal ensemble The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists will make their SPCO debut in what is sure to be a wonderful musical experience for the whole family this holiday season.

  19. Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah

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

    Celebrate the holidays with one of classical music’s most beloved traditions and join the SPCO for our extremely popular annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. SPCO Artistic Partner Jonathan Cohen and the SPCO will be joined by an all-star roster of vocal soloists, and renowned vocal ensemble The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists will make their SPCO debut in what is sure to be a wonderful musical experience for the whole family this holiday season.

  20. Jeremy Denk Plays Mozart’s Piano Concertos 20 and 25

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

    Artistic Partner and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship recipient Jeremy Denk leads this all-Mozart program. Piano Concertos No. 20 and 25 were written in Vienna within two years of each other, but provide a comprehensive survey of Mozart’s astounding compositional abilities. Concerto No. 20 was the first piano concerto, and one of only two, that Mozart wrote in a minor key. Concerto No. 25 is marked by its depth and expansiveness and has often been compared with Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto.

  21. Jonathan Biss Plays Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto

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

    Pianist Jonathan Biss returns to the Ordway Concert Hall for Beethoven’s final piano concerto, the mammoth Emperor Concerto. Le tombeau de Couperin, Maurice Ravel’s homage to the baroque master François Couperin, serves as a counterpoint to the Beethoven and features the SPCO winds performing sweeping and colorful melodies.

  22. Jonathan Biss Plays Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto

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

    Maurice Ravel’s homage to the baroque master François Couperin, Le tombeau de Couperin, features the SPCO winds performing sweeping and colorful melodies. SPCO musicians lead Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, a romantic masterpiece sketched during the composer’s tour of Europe in the 1830s. Pianist Jonathan Biss performs Beethoven’s Second Piano Concerto, one of the composer’s earlier works that firmly established Beethoven as one of the most important composers of all time.

  23. Liquid Music Series - Brian Harnetty: Shawnee, Ohio

    130 Macalester St
    St Paul , MN 55105
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Performed with sampled archives, field recordings and live musicians, Brian Harnetty’s Shawnee, Ohio critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history. Known for his ability to “bring gem recordings up out of the basement and into the light” (New Music Box), Harnetty derives his compositional material from the sounds of production and Appalachian town life, reflecting the experience of a town fighting to survive after a century of economic decline and environmental degradation.
    Please note: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra does not perform on this program.

  24. Liquid Music Series - Grand Band: Degenerate Psalms

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

    Grand Band is a “supergroup” (New York Times) of New York City-based pianists Vicky Chow, David Friend, Paul Kerekes, Blair McMillen, Lisa Moore and Isabelle O’Connell, who have joined forces to create a powerful piano sextet. The combination of their musical prowess results in mesmerizing performances that have been described as “a miracle of ensemble coordination and sonic delight” (Kalamazoo Gazette). Grand Band’s Twin Cities debut includes the world premiere of Degenerate Psalms by the “consistently inventive and surprising” (New York Times) composer Missy Mazzoli.
    Please note: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra does not perform on this program.

  25. Liquid Music Series - Vijay Iyer and Teju Cole: Blind Spot

    1750 Hennepin Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55403
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Vijay Iyer, “one of his generation’s brightest jazz luminaries" (Time Out New York), joins Teju Cole, “one of the most vibrant voices in contemporary writing” (Los Angeles Times) in a powerful new collaboration that combines Cole’s photography and spoken prose with Iyer’s music in an investigation of humanity’s voluntary blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history. The program opens with new work by Iyer for piano quintet with musicians from the SPCO.

  26. Liquid Music Series: Anna Meredith: Varmints

    105 N First St
    Minneapolis , MN 55401
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Visionary maximalist composer Anna Meredith makes her Twin Cities debut with an evening of her “striking and smart” (The Guardian) electro-acoustic music performed by her band featuring clarinet, cello, electric guitar, tuba, drums and electronics, a live show NPR called “incredible.” Meredith’s debut album Varmints (2016) mixes contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock into compositional experiments like few before her.
    Please note: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra does not perform on this program.

  27. Liquid Music Series: Nathalie Joachim: Fanm d’Ayiti

    6 W 6th St
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim, “an edgy multi-genre performance artist who has long been pushing boundaries with her flute” (The Washington Post), brings her infectious passion for music and living tradition to Saint Paul in the culmination of her Liquid Music Virtual Residency. Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) explores Haitian song and the role of women’s voices in Haitian music culture, tracking international influences and telling stories of political exile, cultural affirmation and independence, with music performed by musicians of the SPCO.

  28. Liquid Music Series: TU Dance and Justin Vernon

    17 W 7th Place
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Contemporary dance troupe TU Dance, known for navigating complex themes of social change “with variety and innovation” (Star Tribune) and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, whose “rustic chamber pop with an experimental edge” (Pitchfork) has garnered Grammy Awards and international acclaim, come together in an unprecedented collaboration of local powerhouses. Taking place in the newly restored Palace Theatre, this evening-length commission features new music from Vernon and choreography from TU Dance’s Uri Sands. Please note: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra does not perform on this program.

  29. Martin Fröst and Mozart’s 39th Symphony

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

    Martin Fröst leads the SPCO in a program of works that span almost nine centuries, beginning with an antiphon by 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen and ending with two premieres of works written for Fröst, showcasing his dazzling abilities as a performer. Martin and his brother Göran Fröst collaborated on the composition of Nomadia, a work that stretches the sonic capabilities of the clarinet. Danish composer Jesper Nordin’s Emerge uses an app invented by Nordin called “Gestrument” that enables Fröst to control sound and create sound sculptures in real time with his physical gestures. In Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, Martin takes up the baton to lead the SPCO in a majestic account of an SPCO staple.

  30. Martin Frost Plays Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

    6630 Shady Oak Rd
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    One of Mozart’s finest concertos for any instrument and his last instrumental composition, the Clarinet Concerto, was inspired by the talents of clarinetist Anton Stadler and was actually written for the unusual bassett clarinet, a special clarinet championed by Stadler with an extended range in the lower end. SPCO Artistic Partner Martin Fröst performs the concerto in the original version in the most spectacular fashion and conducts the SPCO in the first of Mozart’s final three Symphonies.

  31. Martin Frost Plays Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

    900 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55105
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    One of Mozart’s finest concertos for any instrument and his last instrumental composition, the Clarinet Concerto, was inspired by the talents of clarinetist Anton Stadler and was actually written for the unusual bassett clarinet, a special clarinet championed by Stadler with an extended range in the lower end. SPCO Artistic Partner Martin Fröst performs the concerto in the original version in the most spectacular fashion and conducts the SPCO in the first of Mozart’s final three Symphonies.

  32. Martin Frost Plays Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

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

    One of Mozart’s finest concertos for any instrument and his last instrumental composition, the Clarinet Concerto, was inspired by the talents of clarinetist Anton Stadler and was actually written for the unusual bassett clarinet, a special clarinet championed by Stadler with an extended range in the lower end. SPCO Artistic Partner Martin Fröst performs the concerto in the original version in the most spectacular fashion and conducts the SPCO in the first of Mozart’s final three Symphonies.

  33. Martin Frost Plays Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto

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

    One of Mozart’s finest concertos for any instrument and his last instrumental composition, the Clarinet Concerto, was inspired by the talents of clarinetist Anton Stadler and was actually written for the unusual bassett clarinet, a special clarinet championed by Stadler with an extended range in the lower end. SPCO Artistic Partner Martin Fröst performs the concerto in the original version in the most spectacular fashion and conducts the SPCO in the first of Mozart’s final three Symphonies.

  34. Maureen Nelson Plays The Lark Ascending

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

    SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson takes center stage for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ iconic The Lark Ascending, based on the George Meredith poem of the same name. Following this program’s poetry-inspired, avian theme, the Vaughn Williams is paired with the Midwest premiere of Music Alive composer-in-residence Lembit Beecher’s Conference of the Birds, scored for 18 solo strings and adapted from the eponymous 12th-century Persian epic.

  35. Maureen Nelson Plays The Lark Ascending

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

    SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson takes center stage for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ iconic The Lark Ascending, based on the George Meredith poem of the same name. Following this program’s poetry-inspired, avian theme, the Vaughn Williams is paired with the Midwest premiere of Music Alive composer-in-residence Lembit Beecher’s Conference of the Birds, scored for 18 solo strings and adapted from the eponymous 12th-century Persian epic.

  36. Maureen Nelson Plays The Lark Ascending

    6630 Shady Oak Rd
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    The SPCO’s talented wind section gets to show off their virtuosity in two chamber music works for winds, Hertel’s Concerto a cinque and Gounod’s charming Petite symphonie. The strings get to close out the concert with Dvorak’s pastoral Serenade for Strings. The full orchestra joins forces at the center of this program as SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson takes center stage for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ iconic The Lark Ascending, based on the George Meredith poem of the same name.

  37. Maureen Nelson Plays The Lark Ascending

    125 East Wayzata Blvd
    Wayzata, MN 55391
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    The SPCO’s talented wind section gets to show off their virtuosity in two chamber music works for winds, Hertel’s Concerto a cinque and Gounod’s charming Petite symphonie. The strings get to close out the concert with Dvorak’s pastoral Serenade for Strings. The full orchestra joins forces at the center of this program as SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson takes center stage for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ iconic The Lark Ascending, based on the George Meredith poem of the same name.

  38. Maureen Nelson Plays The Lark Ascending

    900 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55105
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    The SPCO’s talented wind section gets to show off their virtuosity in two chamber music works for winds, Hertel’s Concerto a cinque and Gounod’s charming Petite symphonie. The strings get to close out the concert with Dvorak’s pastoral Serenade for Strings. The full orchestra joins forces at the center of this program as SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson takes center stage for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ iconic The Lark Ascending, based on the George Meredith poem of the same name.

  39. Maureen Nelson Plays The Lark Ascending

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

    The SPCO’s talented wind section gets to show off their virtuosity in two chamber music works for winds, Hertel’s Concerto a cinque and Gounod’s charming Petite symphonie. The strings get to close out the concert with Dvorak’s pastoral Serenade for Strings. The full orchestra joins forces at the center of this program as SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson takes center stage for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ iconic The Lark Ascending, based on the George Meredith poem of the same name.

  40. Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

    6630 Shady Oak Rd
    Eden Prairie, MN 55344
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Hear the full spectrum of the SPCO’s skills as an unconducted ensemble on a program that stretches from Classical to contemporary. Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 is a staple of his emotional and evocative Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”) symphonies. George Tsontakis’s reflection on recent turbulence in the world was a 2016 SPCO commission. Finally, SPCO musicians take on Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, a romantic masterpiece sketched during the composer’s tour of Europe in the 1830s.

  41. Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

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

    Hear the full spectrum of the SPCO’s skills as an unconducted ensemble on a program that stretches from Classical to contemporary. Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 is a staple of his emotional and evocative Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”) symphonies. George Tsontakis’s reflection on recent turbulence in the world was a 2016 SPCO commission. Finally, SPCO musicians take on Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, a romantic masterpiece sketched during the composer’s tour of Europe in the 1830s.

  42. Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony

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

    Hear the full spectrum of the SPCO’s skills as an unconducted ensemble on a program that stretches from Classical to contemporary. Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 is a staple of his emotional and evocative Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”) symphonies. George Tsontakis’s reflection on recent turbulence in the world was a 2016 SPCO commission. Finally, SPCO musicians take on Mendelssohn’s Italian Symphony, a romantic masterpiece sketched during the composer’s tour of Europe in the 1830s.

  43. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante

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

    Hear the full spectrum of the SPCO’s skills as an unconducted ensemble on a program that stretches from Classical to contemporary. Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 is a prime example of his emotional and evocative Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”) symphonies. George Tsontakis’s reflection on recent turbulence in the world was a 2016 SPCO commission. Finally, SPCO musicians Eunice Kim and Hyobi Sim are the soloists and leaders for Mozart’s most masterful example of a hybrid symphony plus concerto, written when the prodigy composer was touring Europe at the age of 23.

  44. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante

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

    Hear the full spectrum of the SPCO’s skills as an unconducted ensemble on a program that stretches from Classical to contemporary. Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 is a prime example of his emotional and evocative Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”) symphonies. George Tsontakis’s reflection on recent turbulence in the world was a 2016 SPCO commission. Finally, SPCO musicians Eunice Kim and Hyobi Sim are the soloists and leaders for Mozart’s most masterful example of a hybrid symphony plus concerto, written when the prodigy composer was touring Europe at the age of 23.

  45. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante

    900 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55105
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Hear the full spectrum of the SPCO’s skills as an unconducted ensemble on a program that stretches from Classical to contemporary. Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 is a prime example of his emotional and evocative Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”) symphonies. George Tsontakis’s reflection on recent turbulence in the world was a 2016 SPCO commission. Finally, SPCO musicians Eunice Kim and Hyobi Sim are the soloists and leaders for Mozart’s most masterful example of a hybrid symphony plus concerto, written when the prodigy composer was touring Europe at the age of 23.

  46. Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante

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

    Hear the full spectrum of the SPCO’s skills as an unconducted ensemble on a program that stretches from Classical to contemporary. Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 is a prime example of his emotional and evocative Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”) symphonies. George Tsontakis’s reflection on recent turbulence in the world was a 2016 SPCO commission. Finally, SPCO musicians Eunice Kim and Hyobi Sim are the soloists and leaders for Mozart’s most masterful example of a hybrid symphony plus concerto, written when the prodigy composer was touring Europe at the age of 23.

  47. Open Rehearsal: Beethoven’s First Symphony

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

    Join us at an open rehearsal to hear how the program comes together.

    Painter Giacomo Balla, Baroque string virtuosity and the video game Gran Turismo converge as seemingly disparate influences in Andrew Norman’s energetic Gran Turismo. Serenade No. 2 provides contrast to the Norman and shows Johannes Brahms in one of his first attempts at symphonic composition. Mozart and Haydn’s influence on Beethoven are put on full display with his First Symphony — a vital early work in his compositional development — which brings both this program and the 2017.18 season to a thrilling close.

    Please note: Specific works and artists involved in the rehearsal are to be determined.

  48. Open Rehearsal: Fragments with Patricia Kopatchinskaja

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

    Join us at an open rehearsal to hear how the program comes together.

    Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja leads a program that explores the mystery behind various incomplete musical fragments. The last part of Bach’s magnum opus, his Art of Fugue, trails off mysteriously mid-sentence just as Bach embarks on a complex fugue that contains his musical signature. Fragments of a German chorale (“Immortal Victims”) haunt Hartmann’s tragic Concerto funebre, and Kopatchinskaja intersperses selections from Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments between the movements of Mozart’s most dramatic symphony. Schubert wrote just forty bars of an Andante that was meant to follow his brilliant Quartettsatz, a tantalizingly beautiful fragment that will end the concert.

    Please note: Specific works and artists involved in the rehearsal are to be determined.

  49. Open Rehearsal: Martin Frost and Mozart’s 39th Symphony

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

    Join us at an open rehearsal to hear how the program comes together.

    Martin Frost leads the SPCO in a program of works that span almost nine centuries, beginning with an antiphon by 12th-century mystic Hildegard von Bingen and ending with two premieres of works written for Frost, showcasing his dazzling abilities as a performer. Martin and his brother Goran Frost collaborated on the composition of Nomadia, a work that stretches the sonic capabilities of the clarinet. Danish composer Jesper Nordin’s Emerge uses an app invented by Nordin called “Gestrument” that enables Frost to control sound and create sound sculptures in real time with his physical gestures. In Mozart’s Symphony No. 39, Martin takes up the baton to lead the SPCO in a majestic account of an SPCO staple.

    Please note: Specific works and artists involved in the rehearsal are to be determined.

  50. Schubert's Octet

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

    As the centerpiece of this program of lyrical works by Austrian composers, SPCO Principal Violinist Francisco Fullana, “a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential” (The Violin Channel) performs Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesleid and Liebesfreud, two pieces for violin and piano that evoke the warmth and simplicity of 19th-century songs for voice and piano. The program concludes with Schubert’s Octet, a major chamber work by one of the most celebrated song writers of the 19th century.

  51. Schubert's Octet

    900 Summit Ave
    St Paul, MN 55105
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    As the centerpiece of this program of lyrical works by Austrian composers, SPCO Principal Violinist Francisco Fullana, “a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential” (The Violin Channel) performs Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesleid and Liebesfreud, two pieces for violin and piano that evoke the warmth and simplicity of 19th-century songs for voice and piano. The program concludes with Schubert’s Octet, a major chamber work by one of the most celebrated song writers of the 19th century.

  52. Schubert's Octet

    30 Baker St E
    St Paul, MN 55107
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    As the centerpiece of this program of lyrical works by Austrian composers, SPCO Principal Violinist Francisco Fullana, “a rising young virtuoso of outstanding potential” (The Violin Channel) performs Fritz Kreisler’s Liebesleid and Liebesfreud, two pieces for violin and piano that evoke the warmth and simplicity of 19th-century songs for voice and piano. The program concludes with selections from Schubert’s Octet, a major chamber work by one of the most celebrated song writers of the 19th century.

  53. Season Finale: Beethoven’s First Symphony

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

    Painter Giacomo Balla, Baroque string virtuosity and the video game Gran Turismo.converge as seemingly disparate influences in Andrew Norman’s energetic Gran Turismo. Serenade No. 2 provides contrast to the Norman and shows Johannes Brahms in one of his first attempts at symphonic composition. Mozart and Haydn’s influence on Beethoven are put on full display with his First Symphony — a vital early work in his compositional development — which brings both this program and the 2017.18 season to a thrilling close.

  54. Simple Symphony and Fancy Fiddling

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

    SPCO Artistic Partner Jeremy Denk returns for the world premiere of a piano concerto by composer Hannah Lash. Conductor Teddy Abrams, Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra, makes his SPCO debut with a convivial program of SPCO favorites by Benjamin Britten and Igor Stravinsky, together with a set of works inspired by folk fiddling which are sure to get your feet tapping!

  55. Simple Symphony and Fancy Fiddling

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

    SPCO Artistic Partner Jeremy Denk returns for the world premiere of a piano concerto by composer Hannah Lash. Conductor Teddy Abrams, Music Director of the Louisville Orchestra, makes his SPCO debut with a convivial program of SPCO favorites by Benjamin Britten and Igor Stravinsky, together with a set of works inspired by folk fiddling which are sure to get your feet tapping!

  56. SPCO at Icehouse

    2528 Nicollet Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Bartok and Kodaly not only championed the folk music of their native Hungary, but internalized the rhythms, harmonies and melodies of that folk music into their own compositional language. Both spent years in the countryside of Eastern Europe collecting, notating and even recording thousands of original tunes, and essentially giving birth to the discipline of ethnomusicology. Hear the SPCO strings in dynamic performances of this folk-inspired music for duos.
    Please note: tickets for SPCO performances at Icehouse go on sale approximately 1 month before each concert.

  57. SPCO at Icehouse

    2528 Nicollet Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55404
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Brooklyn-based composer Ljova goes back to his Klezmer roots as the opener to this chamber music performance at Icehouse, and the Kodaly Serenade captures the folk music of his native Hungary. Beethoven’s string trio gives each member of the group a fair share of beautiful melodies and virtuosic passagework. The viola takes on an especially important role in this program, functioning not only as an inner voice in the Beethoven, but in the first half as the bass line and anchor of the group.
    Please note: tickets for SPCO performances at Icehouse go on sale approximately 1 month before each concert.

  58. SPCO at Turf Club

    1601 University Ave W
    St Paul, MN 55104
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    This program celebrates remarkable female composers whose works featured here trace their strength through different channels: Jessie Montgomery through spirituals, Dame Gillian Whitehead through a close friend struggling with cancer, and Joan Tower through her connection with the performers for whom she wrote her music.
    Please note: tickets for SPCO performances at Turf Club go on sale approximately 1 month before each concert.

  59. SPCO at Turf Club

    1601 University Ave W
    St Paul, MN 55104
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Strings and winds combine and converse in this varied program of intimate chamber music. The oboe leads the conversation in Mozart’s delightful Quartet for Oboe and Strings, while flute and bassoon weave together mellifluous melodies throughout Heitor Villa-Lobos’ fusion of Baroque counterpoint and Brazilian folk music. The strings bring this program to an energetic conclusion with Dohnányi’s rollicking Serenade.
    Please note: tickets for SPCO performances at Turf Club go on sale approximately 1 month before each concert.

  60. Steven Copes Plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

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

    American composer Jessie Montgomery’s Records from a Vanishing City evokes the vibrancy of her 20th-century New York upbringing and reflects on the disappearance of communities in the face of rapid gentrification. Iconic works by Beethoven bookend the Midwest premiere of Montgomery’s work, with SPCO Concertmaster Steven Copes as soloist on Beethoven’s extremely virtuosic Violin Concerto, which at its inception pushed the limits of the concerto form and continues to challenge violinists and electrify audiences today.

  61. Steven Copes Plays Beethoven’s Violin Concerto

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

    American composer Jessie Montgomery’s Records from a Vanishing City evokes the vibrancy of her 20th-century New York upbringing and reflects on the disappearance of communities in the face of rapid gentrification. Iconic works by Beethoven bookend the Midwest premiere of Montgomery’s work, with SPCO Concertmaster Steven Copes as soloist on Beethoven’s extremely virtuosic Violin Concerto, which at its inception pushed the limits of the concerto form and continues to challenge violinists and electrify audiences today.

  62. Xplorchestra: Xpressive Xplorchestra

    2027 West Broadway
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Discover and participate in the captivating world of classical music through this performance geared for families with children ages 5–9. Featuring an SPCO ensemble, this is a 50-minute musical journey that everyone is sure to enjoy, followed by an instrumental trial zone in the lobby after the performance.

  63. Xplorchestra: Xpressive Xplorchestra

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

    Discover and participate in the captivating world of classical music through this performance geared for families with children ages 5–9. Featuring an SPCO ensemble, this is a 50-minute musical journey that everyone is sure to enjoy, followed by an instrumental trial zone in the lobby after the performance.

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