The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra 


Renowned for its artistic excellence, remarkable versatility
of musical styles and adventurous programming, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra
is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Entering
its 65th season, the SPCO is primarily an unconducted ensemble that performs a
broad range of repertoire from Baroque to new music and works in close
collaboration with a dynamic roster of Artistic Partners. The current roster of
Artistic Partners consists of British Baroque specialist Richard Egarr,
American composer and musical commentator Rob Kapilow, South African cellist
Abel Selaocoe and German violist Tabea Zimmermann.

The virtuoso musicians of the SPCO present more than 100
concerts in the Twin Cities each year. The orchestra’s free online Concert
offers both live and on-demand videos of concerts that can be viewed
anytime, completely free of charge. Through its partnership with YourClassical
Minnesota Public Radio and American Public Media, the SPCO is regularly heard
on public radio programs that reach nearly 850,000 listeners each week on over
250 stations. Additionally, the SPCO has released 68 recordings, including its
recent critically acclaimed album of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Concertos
with former Artistic Partner Jeremy Denk and the 2018 Grammy Award-winning
recording of Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden with violinist and former
Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja. In addition to its programs in the
Twin Cities, the orchestra also tours nationally and internationally, including
recent engagements in Europe and New York City, and prestigious residencies at
the 2021 and 2022 Bravo! Vail Music Festival with violinists Joshua Bell and
Stefan Jackiw, bassist Xavier Foley, and pianist and Bravo! Vail Artistic
Director Anne-Marie McDermott.

The SPCO is deeply committed to expanding the orchestral
repertoire, commissioning more than 160 new works throughout its 64-year
history and receiving 17 ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. In a
divergence from the industry standard of commissioning individual works from
composers, the SPCO’s new Sandbox Composer Residency program invites composers
to experiment freely across a variety of new works created in collaboration with
the musicians of the SPCO. This alternative residency model will allow
composers to workshop new pieces, experiment and revise, take risks, develop
relationships with SPCO musicians and engage with SPCO audiences.

The SPCO is nationally recognized for its commitment to
broad community accessibility and inclusion, along with its innovative audience
engagement efforts. Regular subscription series are performed in a variety of
different venues
across the Twin Cities metropolitan area each season, a unique
commitment to geographic accessibility for a major orchestra. The SPCO offers
the most affordable ticket prices of any professional orchestra in the United
States, with over 50 percent of tickets available for $15 or less, and has
expanded accessibility even further by offering free tickets for children and
students as a part of the New Generation Initiative. The orchestra also offers
an innovative ticket membership model in which members pay $9 per month to
attend unlimited concerts, with a $5 per month concert membership option for
members of club2030, the orchestra’s program for audience members in their 20s
and 30s.

The SPCO is a proud member of the Arts Partnership, a
501(c)(3) organization composed of the four organizations that perform
regularly at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts – Minnesota Opera, the
Ordway, the SPCO and Schubert Club. The Partnership’s mission is to strengthen
its organizations in service to the community through growing collaboration and
stewardship of its shared assets. The Partnership works together to maintain
the Ordway venue, to expand access for other community arts organizations to
perform in the Concert Hall and to engage in collaborative artistic


Concerts as scheduled.


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