The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra

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  1. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

    Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Composer, commentator and most recent addition to our roster of Artistic Partners, Rob Kapilow is known throughout the music world for his special concert format, What Makes It Great?® “the kind of enlightening musical seminar in which you hang on to every word and note” (The New York Times). Kapilow joins the SPCO for an in-depth exploration of Beethoven’s iconic Seventh Symphony and will illuminate both the inner workings of the music and the process by which the SPCO musicians work together as a conductorless ensemble.

  2. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

    Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

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

    Composer, commentator and most recent addition to our roster of Artistic Partners, Rob Kapilow is known throughout the music world for his special concert format, What Makes It Great?® “the kind of enlightening musical seminar in which you hang on to every word and note” (The New York Times). Kapilow joins the SPCO for an in-depth exploration of Beethoven’s iconic Seventh Symphony and will illuminate both the inner workings of the music and the process by which the SPCO musicians work together as a conductorless ensemble.

  3. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

    Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

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

    Composer, commentator and most recent addition to our roster of Artistic Partners, Rob Kapilow is known throughout the music world for his special concert format, What Makes It Great?® “the kind of enlightening musical seminar in which you hang on to every word and note” (The New York Times). Kapilow joins the SPCO for an in-depth exploration of Beethoven’s iconic Seventh Symphony and will illuminate both the inner workings of the music and the process by which the SPCO musicians work together as a conductorless ensemble.

  4. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

    Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

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

    Composer, commentator and most recent addition to our roster of Artistic Partners, Rob Kapilow is known throughout the music world for his special concert format, What Makes It Great?® “the kind of enlightening musical seminar in which you hang on to every word and note” (The New York Times). Kapilow joins the SPCO for an in-depth exploration of Beethoven’s iconic Seventh Symphony and will illuminate both the inner workings of the music and the process by which the SPCO musicians work together as a conductorless ensemble.

  5. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

    Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

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

    Composer, commentator and most recent addition to our roster of Artistic Partners, Rob Kapilow is known throughout the music world for his special concert format, What Makes It Great?® “the kind of enlightening musical seminar in which you hang on to every word and note” (The New York Times). Kapilow joins the SPCO for an in-depth exploration of Beethoven’s iconic Seventh Symphony and will illuminate both the inner workings of the music and the process by which the SPCO musicians work together as a conductorless ensemble.

  6. Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

    Beethoven's Seventh Symphony: What Makes it Great? with Rob Kapilow

    6630 Shady Oak Road
    Eden Prarie, MN 55344
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Composer, commentator and most recent addition to our roster of Artistic Partners, Rob Kapilow is known throughout the music world for his special concert format, What Makes It Great?® “the kind of enlightening musical seminar in which you hang on to every word and note” (The New York Times). Kapilow joins the SPCO for an in-depth exploration of Beethoven’s iconic Seventh Symphony and will illuminate both the inner workings of the music and the process by which the SPCO musicians work together as a conductorless ensemble.

  7. Brahms and Beethoven Sextets

    Brahms and Beethoven Sextets

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

    The SPCO musicians lead a program featuring three sextets of different instrumental formations. The Beethoven Sextet for Two Horns and String Quartet is a hidden gem of the chamber music repertoire, and an excellent opportunity to get to know the talented SPCO horn players James Ferree and Matthew Wilson. A world premiere by Minnesota native Sky Macklay follows the Beethoven before Brahms' stunning first String Sextet caps this program.

  8. Chamber Music Series: Brahms and Beethoven Sextets

    Chamber Music Series: Brahms and Beethoven Sextets

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

    The final chamber music series program of the season features three sextets of different instrumental formations. The Beethoven Sextet for Two Horns and String Quartet is a hidden gem of the chamber music repertoire, and an excellent opportunity to get to know the talented SPCO horn players James Ferree and Matthew Wilson. A world premiere by Minnesota native Sky Macklay follows the Beethoven before Brahms' stunning first String Sextet caps this program.

  9. Chamber Music Series: Mozart, Bacewicz and Arensky Quartets

    Chamber Music Series: Mozart, Bacewicz and Arensky Quartets

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

    Arensky’s Quartet in A Minor is often considered one of the finest Russian string quartets ever written and an homage to his beloved friend Tchaikovsky, with the second movement being a set of variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky. Mozart’s A Major Flute Quartet stands in contrast to the Arensky quartet with its sunny lyricism and wit. Polish composer Graznya Bacewicz was a prolific writer of chamber music, and her Fourth String Quartet reveals her talent at writing for strings.

  10. Copland's Appalachian Spring

    Copland's Appalachian Spring

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

    To celebrate Thanksgiving weekend, the SPCO continues its tradition of presenting a wide range of compositions by American composers. Chia-Hsuan Lin conducts favorites by Aaron Copland including his Clarinet Concerto, featuring SPCO Principal Clarinet Sang Yoon Kim, and the Suite from Appalachian Spring. Flutist Alicia McQuerrey is the soloist for John Corigliano's lush Voyage and the orchestra premieres a new arrangement of former Artistic Partner Stephen Prutsman’s Color Preludes.

  11. Dvorak's Serenade for Winds

    Dvorak's Serenade for Winds

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

    The technically skilled and expressive wind section of the SPCO is featured in large chamber works by Central and Eastern European composers, including Bohuslav Martinu, Farenc Farkas and Anatoly Liadov. The program is capped off by Dvorak's stunning Serenade for Winds, displaying the Czech composer's skill in melding stately classical melodies with the folk music of Moravia and Bohemia while successfully employing the varied and fascinating timbres of the wind section.

  12. Dvorak's Serenade for Winds

    Dvorak's Serenade for Winds

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

    The technically skilled and expressive wind section of the SPCO is featured in large chamber works by Central and Eastern European composers, including Bohuslav Martinu, Farenc Farkas and Anatoly Liadov. The program is capped off by Dvorak's stunning Serenade for Winds, displaying the Czech composer's skill in melding stately classical melodies with the folk music of Moravia and Bohemia while successfully employing the varied and fascinating timbres of the wind section.

  13. Dvorak's Serenade for Winds

    Dvorak's Serenade for Winds

    2323 Fremont Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55405
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    The technically skilled and expressive wind section of the SPCO is featured in large chamber works by Central and Eastern European composers, including Bohuslav Martinu, Farenc Farkas and Anatoly Liadov. The program is capped off by Dvorak's stunning Serenade for Winds, displaying the Czech composer’s skill in melding stately classical melodies with the folk music of Moravia and Bohemia while successfully employing the varied and fascinating timbres of the wind section.

  14. Free Family Concert: Sneaky Pete and the Wolf

    Free Family Concert: Sneaky Pete and the Wolf

    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Enjoy a new twist on a classic symphonic fairy tale for children written by Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra will transform into characters in the story represented by each instrument and audiences will be delighted by the familiar tunes and timeline story. This 50-minute concert is geared for children ages 6-12 and their families, but all ages are welcome.

  15. Happy Hour Concert: Beethoven's Fourth Symphony

    Happy Hour Concert: Beethoven's Fourth Symphony

    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. Artistic Partner Jonathan Cohen conducts inventive works from the 19th and 20th century for an exciting closing of the season. British composer Michael Tippett’s 1953 Fantasia Concertante celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of Arcangelo Corelli. The concert concludes with Beethoven’s lean and punchy 4th Symphony, one of the best examples of Haydn’s great influence on the works of Beethoven.

  16. Happy Hour Concert: Prokofiev's Classical Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

    Happy Hour Concert: Prokofiev's Classical Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

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

    Twin Cities audiences have a chance to hear this program that Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto and the SPCO will bring to New York's Lincoln Center in May of 2020. Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, with its rapid-fire counterpoint and interplay between each musician, serves as the inspiration for Anders Hillborg's violin concerto, Bach Materia, written specifically for Kuusisto and his improvisational abilities.

  17. Holiday Concerts: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

    Holiday Concerts: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

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

    Continuing our annual holiday tradition, the SPCO presents Bach’s most cherished set of orchestral works, the Brandenburg Concertos. The profound inventiveness and instrumental virtuosity of these enduring Baroque masterpieces are on full display as led by our own SPCO musicians and soloists.

  18. Holiday Concerts: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

    Holiday Concerts: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

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

    Continuing our annual holiday tradition, the SPCO presents Bach’s most cherished set of orchestral works, the Brandenburg Concertos. The profound inventiveness and instrumental virtuosity of these enduring Baroque masterpieces are on full display as led by our own SPCO musicians and soloists.

  19. Holiday Concerts: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

    Holiday Concerts: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

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

    Continuing our annual holiday tradition, the SPCO presents Bach’s most cherished set of orchestral works, the Brandenburg Concertos. The profound inventiveness and instrumental virtuosity of these enduring Baroque masterpieces are on full display as led by our own SPCO musicians and soloists.

  20. Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah

    Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah

    345 Washington Street
    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. Jory Vinikour and the SPCO will be joined by an all-star roster of vocal soloists, including returning countertenor Reginald Mobley and renowned vocal ensemble The Singers in what is sure to be a wonderful musical experience for the whole family this holiday season.

  21. Holiday Concerts: Handel’s Messiah

    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. Jory Vinikour and the SPCO will be joined by an all-star roster of vocal soloists, including returning countertenor Reginald Mobley and renowned vocal ensemble The Singers in what is sure to be a wonderful musical experience for the whole family this holiday season.

  22. James Ferree Plays Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto

    James Ferree Plays Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto

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

    SPCO Principal Horn James Ferree takes the solo for Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto, a part written with the virtuoso Joseph Leutgeb in mind and with four different color inks in what is thought to be a “color code.” Beethoven’s Septet will close the concert, a one of his most popular works while he was alive, and TJ Cole’s heartfelt Death of a Poet will open the concert.

  23. James Ferree Plays Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto

    James Ferree Plays Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto

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

    SPCO Principal Horn James Ferree takes the solo for Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto, a part written with the virtuoso Joseph Leutgeb in mind and with four different color inks in what is thought to be a “color code.” Beethoven’s Septet will close the concert, a one of his most popular works while he was alive, and TJ Cole’s heartfelt Death of a Poet will open the concert.

  24. James Ferree Plays Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto

    James Ferree Plays Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto

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

    SPCO Principal Horn James Ferree takes the solo for Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto, a part written with the virtuoso Joseph Leutgeb in mind and with four different color inks in what is thought to be a “color code.” Beethoven’s Septet will close the concert, a one of his most popular works while he was alive, and TJ Cole’s heartfelt Death of a Poet will open the concert.

  25. Julie Albers Plays Haydn's First Cello Concerto

    Julie Albers Plays Haydn's First Cello Concerto

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

    This program features the SPCO's spectacular cello section! Richard Belcher, the most recent addition to the section, takes the spotlight in former SPCO Composer-in-Residence Chen Yi's Sound of the Five for solo cello with string quartet. Haydn’s First Cello Concerto, now a staple of cello repertoire and beloved by audiences, was thankfully rediscovered in 1961. SPCO Principal Cellist Julie Albers will perform Haydn's treasured concerto in C, which demonstrates the wide range and versatility of the cello.

  26. Julie Albers Plays Haydn's First Cello Concerto

    Julie Albers Plays Haydn's First Cello Concerto

    2323 Fremont Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55405
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    This program features the SPCO's spectacular cello section! Richard Belcher, the most recent addition to the section, takes the spotlight in former SPCO Composer-in-Residence Chen Yi's Sound of the Five for solo cello with string quartet. Haydn's First Cello Concerto, now a staple of cello repertoire and beloved by audiences, was thankfully rediscovered in 1961. SPCO Principal Cellist Julie Albers will perform Haydn's treasured concerto in C, which demonstrates the wide range and versatility of the cello.

  27. Kate Wallich and the YC X Perfume Genius: The Sun Still Burns Here

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

    The beautifully constructed dance worlds of Seattle-based choreographer Kate Wallich meld with the gloriously ornate theatrical music of Perfume Genius to create the evening-length The Sun Still Burns Here. This radical integration of dance and live music features virtuosic performers burning through a postmodern swirl of classical and contemporary movement. The performance delves into what the artists describe as "a spiritual unraveling of romantic decay," which will "undeniably lure you and immerse you somewhere far from the workaday world" (Seattle Times).

    Copresented with the Walker Art Center

    "[Wallich's work is] particularly hypnotic ... has the power of a cryptic ritual." –The Seattle Times

    "Mike Hadreas, the artist better known as Perfume Genius, has always been a physically expressive performer, and he's made dance a crucial part of his generally stunning live shows and videos. And now he’s about to make it a focus." -Stereogum

    The beautifully constructed dance worlds of Seattle-based choreographer Kate Wallich meld with the gloriously ornate theatrical music of Perfume Genius to create the evening-length The Sun Still Burns Here. This radical integration of dance and live music features virtuosic performers burning through a postmodern swirl of classical and contemporary movement. The performance delves into what the artists describe as "a spiritual unraveling of romantic decay," which will "undeniably lure you and immerse you somewhere far from the workaday world" (Seattle Times).

  28. Leif Ove Andsnes Plays Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 21 and 22

    Leif Ove Andsnes Plays Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 21 and 22

    University of Minnesota
    Minneapolis, MN 55455
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes makes his highly anticipated return to the SPCO to lead a pair of Mozart Concertos from the keyboard. Andsnes, one of his generation’s finest pianists, is currently embarking on a multi-year project to study and perform Mozart’s piano works from the highly productive and creative period in 1784 and 1785. Piano Concertos No. 21 and 22 were written at the peak of Mozart’s output in 1785 and display his mastery of the genre.

  29. Leif Ove Andsnes Plays Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 21 and 22

    Leif Ove Andsnes Plays Mozart’s Piano Concertos Nos. 21 and 22

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

    Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes makes his highly anticipated return to the SPCO to lead a pair of Mozart Concertos from the keyboard. Andsnes, one of his generation’s finest pianists, is currently embarking on a multi-year project to study and perform Mozart’s piano works from the highly productive and creative period in 1784 and 1785. Piano Concertos No. 21 and 22 were written at the peak of Mozart’s output in 1785 and display his mastery of the genre.

  30. Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony with Francois Leleux

    Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony with Francois Leleux

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

    Viva l'Italia! Mendelssohn embraced this land of bright sunshine and hot-blooded romance, qualities he infused into his ebullient Italian Symphony. And he learned well the lessons of heartfelt singing from that birthplace of opera, which he translated into the achingly pure melodies of his Songs Without Words. Schubert's stirring Overture also honors Italian opera, while a standout concerto from Haydn’s time points to Italy's role in creating a new kind of star: the virtuoso soloist.

  31. Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony with Francois Leleux

    Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony with Francois Leleux

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

    Viva l'Italia! Mendelssohn embraced this land of bright sunshine and hot-blooded romance, qualities he infused into his ebullient Italian Symphony. And he learned well the lessons of heartfelt singing from that birthplace of opera, which he translated into the achingly pure melodies of his Songs Without Words. Schubert's stirring Overture also honors Italian opera, while a standout concerto from Haydn’s time points to Italy's role in creating a new kind of star: the virtuoso soloist.

  32. Mozart and Arensky Quartets

    Mozart and Arensky Quartets

    710 W Broadway Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Arensky’s Quartet in A Minor is often considered one of the finest Russian string quartets ever written and an homage to his beloved friend Tchaikovsky, with the second movement being a set of variations on a theme by Tchaikovsky. Mozart’s A Major Flute Quartet stands in contrast to the Arensky quartet with its sunny lyricism and wit.

  33. Mozart’s 40th Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

    Mozart’s 40th Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

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

    Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto and composer Nico Muhly have been close friends and musical soulmates for many years, and this SPCO co-commission grew out of that strong bond. Along with the U.S. Premiere of Muhly’s new violin concerto, Kuusisto brings fresh interpretations of Mozart, both his light and whimsical Country Dances, and the great G Minor Symphony, and introduces SPCO audiences to an important new composer from Sweden, Andrea Tarrodi.

  34. Mozart’s 40th Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

    Mozart’s 40th Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

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

    Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto and composer Nico Muhly have been close friends and musical soulmates for many years, and this SPCO co-commission grew out of that strong bond. Along with the U.S. Premiere of Muhly’s new violin concerto, Kuusisto brings fresh interpretations of Mozart, both his light and whimsical Country Dances, and the great G Minor Symphony, and introduces SPCO audiences to an important new composer from Sweden, Andrea Tarrodi.

  35. Mozart’s Requiem at the Cathedral with the St. Olaf Choir

    Mozart’s Requiem at the Cathedral with the St. Olaf Choir

    239 Selby Ave
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Artistic Partner Richard Egarr and the world-renowned St. Olaf Choir join the SPCO for a very special performance of Mozart's Requiem at the Cathedral of Saint Paul. Shrouded in mystery and controversy, Requiem is one of Mozart's most famous works. Unfinished at the time of his death, the piece was finished shortly after by Franz Sussmayr, who worked as a copyist for Mozart near the time of his death. The St. Olaf Choir will share its incomparable artistry with the audience on additional choral works to be announced.

  36. Mozart's Requiem with the St Olaf Choir

    Mozart's Requiem with the St Olaf Choir

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

    Artistic Partner Richard Egarr and the world-renowned St. Olaf Choir join the SPCO for a special performance of Mozart's Requiem. Shrouded in mystery and controversy, Requiem is one of Mozart's most famous works. Unfinished at the time of his death, the piece was finished shortly after by Franz Sussmayr, who worked as a copyist for Mozart near the time of his death. Famous unfinished works by Schubert and Bach round out this program.

  37. Mozart's Symphony No. 29

    Mozart's Symphony No. 29

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

    For all of Mozart's brilliance, there may be nothing more awe-inspiring than this sparkling symphony that he composed at eighteen, when the boy wonder transformed into a superhuman conduit for order and beauty in its purest form. Romania's George Enescu also attained immortality at eighteen with his expansive Octet, a masterful score of symphonic dimensions that becomes even grander with full string sections. Bartok's artful transcriptions attune your ears to Romania’s alluring folk melodies.

  38. Mozart's Symphony No. 29

    Mozart's Symphony No. 29

    115 North Fourth Street
    Stillwater, MN 55082
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    For all of Mozart's brilliance, there may be nothing more awe-inspiring than this sparkling symphony that he composed at eighteen, when the boy wonder transformed into a superhuman conduit for order and beauty in its purest form. Romania's George Enescu also attained immortality at eighteen with his expansive Octet, a masterful score of symphonic dimensions that becomes even grander with full string sections. Bartok's artful transcriptions attune your ears to Romania's alluring folk melodies.

  39. Northside Celebration

    Northside Celebration

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

    This collaborative concert experience will bring the spirit of the North Minneapolis community to the stage and celebrate that spirit through music. Led by acclaimed composer, arranger and pianist Sanford Moore, Celebrate the Northside will feature a community choir - specially formed for this event - along with the SPCO and Northside artists. An unforgettable testimony to the power of connecting people through music, this program is co-presented by The Capri Theater and the SPCO - celebrating 10 years of community partnership this season!

  40. Northside Celebration

    Northside Celebration

    1500 James Ave N
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    This collaborative concert experience will bring the spirit of the North Minneapolis community to the stage and celebrate that spirit through music. Led by acclaimed composer, arranger and pianist Sanford Moore, Celebrate the Northside will feature a community choir - specially formed for this event - along with the SPCO and Northside artists. An unforgettable testimony to the power of connecting people through music, this program is co-presented by The Capri Theater and the SPCO - celebrating 10 years of community partnership this season!

  41. Pekka Kuusisto Plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

    Pekka Kuusisto Plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

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

    Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto's playing exudes joy and his rendition of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor is sure to be a fresh and exciting interpretation of a beloved classic. Kuusisto will also conduct the SPCO for the world premiere of a new chamber orchestra piece by Berkeley-based composer, Cindy Cox, and leads the orchestra from the violin in Louise Farrenc’s Third Symphony, an unjustly neglected work by an important French mid-19th century composer who taught at the Paris Conservatory.

  42. Pekka Kuusisto Plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

    Pekka Kuusisto Plays Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto

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

    Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto's playing exudes joy and his rendition of Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E Minor is sure to be a fresh and exciting interpretation of a beloved classic. Kuusisto will also conduct the SPCO for the world premiere of a new chamber orchestra piece by Berkeley-based composer, Cindy Cox, and leads the orchestra from the violin in Louise Farrenc’s Third Symphony, an unjustly neglected work by an important French mid-19th century composer who taught at the Paris Conservatory.

  43. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

    Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

    115 North Fourth Street
    Stillwater, MN 55082
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Twin Cities audiences have a chance to hear this program that Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto and the SPCO will bring to New York’s Lincoln Center in May of 2020. Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, with its rapid-fire counterpoint and interplay between each musician, serves as the inspiration for Anders Hillborg’s violin concerto, Bach Materia, written specifically for Kuusisto and his improvisational abilities. Prokofiev was inspired by Haydn and Mozart symphonies in writing his effervescent Classical Symphony, and there is no more compelling example of the classical symphonic form than Haydn’s Symphony No. 99.

  44. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

    Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

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

    Twin Cities audiences have a chance to hear this program that Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto and the SPCO will bring to New York’s Lincoln Center in May of 2020. Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, with its rapid-fire counterpoint and interplay between each musician, serves as the inspiration for Anders Hillborg’s violin concerto, Bach Materia, written specifically for Kuusisto and his improvisational abilities. Prokofiev was inspired by Haydn and Mozart symphonies in writing his effervescent Classical Symphony, and there is no more compelling example of the classical symphonic form than Haydn’s Symphony No. 99.

  45. Prokofiev's Classical Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

    Prokofiev's Classical Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto

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

    Twin Cities audiences have a chance to hear this program that Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto and the SPCO will bring to New York's Lincoln Center in May of 2020. Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto, with its rapid-fire counterpoint and interplay between each musician, serves as the inspiration for Anders Hillborg's violin concerto, Bach Materia, written specifically for Kuusisto and his improvisational abilities. Prokofiev was inspired by Haydn and Mozart symphonies in writing his effervescent Classical Symphony, and there is no more compelling example of the classical symphonic form than Haydn's Symphony No. 99.

  46. Rossini's William Tell Overture

    Rossini's William Tell Overture

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

    Rossini was the most beloved musician of his day for good reason: from a string sonata written at age twelve to the rousing overture from his final opera, William Tell, he applied his formidable talents to music of the utmost charm and delight. Drawing themes from Rossini’s signature stage works, the clarinet takes a star turn in the Introduction, Theme and Variations. Verdi's impassioned string quartet reveals the chamber music mindset of opera's reigning king.

  47. Rossini's William Tell Overture

    Rossini's William Tell Overture

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

    Rossini was the most beloved musician of his day for good reason: from a string sonata written at age twelve to the rousing overture from his final opera, William Tell, he applied his formidable talents to music of the utmost charm and delight. Drawing themes from Rossini’s signature stage works, the clarinet takes a star turn in the Introduction, Theme and Variations. Verdi's impassioned string quartet reveals the chamber music mindset of opera's reigning king.

  48. Season Finale: Jonathan Cohen Conducts Beethoven's Fourth Symphony

    Season Finale: Jonathan Cohen Conducts Beethoven's Fourth Symphony

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

    Artistic Partner Jonathan Cohen conducts inventive works from the 18th, 19th and 20th century for an exciting closing weekend of concerts. The first half of the program juxtaposes two concertante works, one written by Haydn in 1792 and the other by British composer Michael Tippett in 1953, celebrating the 300th anniversary of the birth of Arcangelo Corelli. The season concludes with Beethoven's lean and punchy 4th Symphony, one of the best examples of Haydn’s great influence on the works of Beethoven.

  49. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

    Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church

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

    SPCO Principal Horn James Ferree takes the solo for Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto, a part written with the virtuoso Joseph Leutgeb in mind and with four different color inks in what is thought to be a “color code.” Beethoven’s Septet will close the concert, a one of his most popular works while he was alive, and TJ Cole’s heartfelt Death of a Poet will open the concert.

  50. SPCO at Icehouse

    SPCO at Icehouse

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

    The SPCO brings core chamber music repertoire to Icehouse's modern industrial chic space, a Twin Cities musical hot spot that hosts a wide variety of music. The final Icehouse concert of the season features two sextets of different instrumental formations. A world premiere by Minnesota native Sky Macklay followed by Brahms' stunning first String Sextet.

  51. SPCO at Icehouse

    SPCO at Icehouse

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

    The SPCO brings core chamber music repertoire to Icehouse’s modern industrial chic space, a Twin Cities musical hot spot that hosts a wide variety of music. Mozart’s trio was written while the clarinet was still a relatively new instrument and was first performed by his friend, the early clarinet pioneer Anton Stadler.

    Tickets: $20 General Admission
    Ticket price includes a drink of choice (tap beer, house wine, rail drink, rocks cocktail or non-alcoholic house-made beverage). Icehouse's gourmet American cuisine (appetizers, dinner and desserts) will be available for purchase during the performance.

  52. SPCO at Turf Club

    SPCO at Turf Club

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

    The SPCO brings core chamber music repertoire to the historic Turf Club, a mainstay of the Twin Cities music scene, located in Saint Paul’s Midway neighborhood. Arensky’s Quartet in A Minor is often considered one of the finest Russian string quartets ever written and an homage to his beloved friend Tchaikovsky. Mozart’s A Major Flute Quartet stands in contrast to the Arensky quartet with its sunny lyricism and wit.

  53. SPCO at Turf Club

    SPCO at Turf Club

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

    The SPCO brings core chamber music repertoire to the historic Turf Club, a mainstay of the Twin Cities music scene, located in Saint Paul's Midway neighborhood. The final Turf Club concert of the season features two sextets of different instrumental formations. A world premiere by Minnesota native Sky Macklay followed by Brahms' stunning first String Sextet.

  54. Sphinx Virtuosi: For Justice and Peace

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

    A chamber ensemble comprised of the nation's top Black and Latinx classical string soloists, the Sphinx Virtuosi returns to Saint Paul for the fourth time performing music that show how justice and peace find their way into music without regard to time and place. Repertoire to be selected from music by Philip Herbert, John Williams, Michael Abels, Franz Schubert, Bela Bartok, Romero Aldemaro, and more.

    Copresented by the Arts Partnership (The Ordway, Minnesota Opera, Schubert Club and the SPCO)

    Please note: the SPCO does not perform on this program.

  55. Start the Music! Wonderous Woodwinds

    Start the Music! Wonderous Woodwinds

    179 Robie St E
    St Paul, MN 55107
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Start the Music! is a musical morning geared for children ages 3–6 and their families. Music lovers of all ages are welcome to join us for crafts, games and activities, followed by an SPCO woodwind ensemble’s accompaniment to a reimagined fairy tale in a 30-minute concert.

  56. Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

    Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings

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

    SPCO Concertmaster Steven Copes takes centerstage in Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata, heard here in an innovative new arrangement for violin and orchestra by former SPCO Artistic Partner Stephen Prutsman. The program opens with a world premiere by rising American composer and frequent SPCO collaborator Jessie Montgomery. The SPCO strings shine on the second half of the program in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s momentous and emotional Serenade for Strings.

  57. Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

    Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

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

    SPCO Concertmaster Steven Copes takes centerstage in Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata, heard here in an innovative new arrangement for violin and orchestra by former SPCO Artistic Partner Stephen Prutsman. The program opens with a world premiere by rising American composer and frequent SPCO collaborator Jessie Montgomery. The SPCO strings shine on the second half of the program in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s momentous and emotional Serenade for Strings.

  58. Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

    Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings

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

    SPCO Concertmaster Steven Copes takes centerstage in Prokofiev’s Violin Sonata, heard here in an innovative new arrangement for violin and orchestra by former SPCO Artistic Partner Stephen Prutsman. The program opens with a world premiere by rising American composer and frequent SPCO collaborator Jessie Montgomery. The SPCO strings shine on the second half of the program in a performance of Tchaikovsky’s momentous and emotional Serenade for Strings.

  59. Ted Hearne: Live Things

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

    The stingingly true poetry of Dorothea Lasky has inspired Los Angeles-based composer Ted Hearne's new theatrical song cycle. This intimate 12-song suite for chamber ensemble with Hearne on vocals engages audiences in a complicated, loving meditation on the personal and domestic, while savoring the depths of the wildness within. A real-time installation by conceptual artist Rachel Perry, with production design and lighting by Peabody Southwell, turns the music and poetry into a living, fruiting organism.

    Co-presented with the Walker Art Center
    Co-commissioned with the Walker Art Center and Carnegie Hall

  60. Thomas Zehetmair Conducts Haydn’s London Symphony

    Thomas Zehetmair Conducts Haydn’s London Symphony

    2323 Fremont Ave S
    Minneapolis, MN 55405
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Beloved former SPCO Artistic Partner Thomas Zehetmair returns to the SPCO with the accomplished German violist Ruth Killius to perform Britten’s Double Concerto for Violin and Viola. Written when Britten was just 18 years old, the Double Concerto showcases the composer’s immense skill and potential at such a young age. Zehetmair also conducts the orchestra in favorite works including Mendelssohn’s tempestuous Hebrides Overture as well as Haydn’s 104th and final symphony.

  61. Thomas Zehetmair Conducts Haydn’s London Symphony

    Thomas Zehetmair Conducts Haydn’s London Symphony

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

    Beloved former SPCO Artistic Partner Thomas Zehetmair returns to the SPCO with the accomplished German violist Ruth Killius to perform Britten’s Double Concerto for Violin and Viola. Written when Britten was just 18 years old, the Double Concerto showcases the composer’s immense skill and potential at such a young age. Zehetmair also conducts the orchestra in favorite works including Mendelssohn’s tempestuous Hebrides Overture as well as Haydn’s 104th and final symphony.

  62. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Richard Egarr

    Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Richard Egarr

    6630 Shady Oak Road
    Eden Prarie, MN 55344
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Back by popular demand, Ruggero Allifranchini performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this time with Artistic Partner Richard Egarr directing from the harpsichord. The spontaneity and creativity of these two artists are sure to delight SPCO audiences. Egarr also explores lesser known Baroque works including an early 17th century sonata full of harmonic surprises by Italian composer Dario Castello and a beautiful sonata by German composer Georg Muffat from his Armonico tributo.

  63. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Richard Egarr

    Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Richard Egarr

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

    Back by popular demand, Ruggero Allifranchini performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this time with Artistic Partner Richard Egarr directing from the harpsichord. The spontaneity and creativity of these two artists are sure to delight SPCO audiences. Egarr also explores lesser known Baroque works including an early 17th century sonata full of harmonic surprises by Italian composer Dario Castello and a beautiful sonata by German composer Georg Muffat from his Armonico tributo.

  64. Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Richard Egarr

    Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with Richard Egarr

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

    Back by popular demand, Ruggero Allifranchini performs Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, this time with Artistic Partner Richard Egarr directing from the harpsichord. The spontaneity and creativity of these two artists are sure to delight SPCO audiences. Egarr also explores lesser known Baroque works including an early 17th century sonata full of harmonic surprises by Italian composer Dario Castello and a beautiful sonata by German composer Georg Muffat from his Armonico tributo.

  65. Vivaldi's Echo Concerto

    Vivaldi's Echo Concerto

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

    These composers from across the centuries understood how music could bridge time and space, from the distant echoes of Vivaldi and Castrucci (Handel’s lead violinist) to the devotional resonance of Messiaen and Bulgaria’s Dobrinka Tabakova. In the Symphony No. 80, Haydn takes a different kind of journey, probing the emotional chasm that can open between a major and a minor key. From the microscopic to the interstellar, every note on this program expands our horizons.

  66. Xplorchestra! Calling All Horns

    Xplorchestra! Calling All Horns

    Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
    St Paul, MN 55102
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Come find out why the horn isn’t so French after all. Featuring the SPCO’s horn section, this 50-minute concert will take audiences on an exciting journey through the history of the instrument from nature’s animal horns, to the mountains of the Alps to concert stages and beyond. This exciting concert is geared toward families with children ages 5–9 but music lovers of all ages will enjoy the instrument trial zone in the lobby following the performance.

  67. Xplorchestra! Calling All Horns

    Xplorchestra! Calling All Horns

    710 W Broadway Ave
    Minneapolis, MN 55411
    Call: (651) 291-1144

    Come find out why the horn isn’t so French after all. Featuring the SPCO’s horn section, this 50-minute concert will take audiences on an exciting journey through the history of the instrument from nature’s animal horns, to the mountains of the Alps to concert stages and beyond. This exciting concert is geared toward families with children ages 5–9 but music lovers of all ages will enjoy the instrument trial zone in the lobby following the performance.

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