In Tuesday’s (3/1) Star-Tribune (Minneapolis), Graydon Royce writes, “Something quite old and several things brand new highlight the breadth of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s 2011-12 season. There are five world premieres on the calendar—including new work by Nico Muhly and Gerald Barry—and a cycle of J.S. Bach’s ‘The Art of Fugue.’ … Muhly, the hot young composer, has written ‘Luminous Body’ for the SPCO and vocal group Cantus to open the season, Sept. 9-10. Other highlights that month include Sibelius (Symphony No. 3, Sept. 16-17) and Schubert (Death and the Maiden, Sept. 23-25). Part One of the Bach fugue project is Oct. 13-15, with Scott Yoo conducting. Also in October, look for violinist Leila Josefowicz playing Berg’s chamber concerto for piano, violin and 13 winds (Oct. 29-30). A world premiere, ‘Primera Luz,’ is the center of a program focusing on Russian composer Lera Auerbach (Oct. 20, 22). Four Auerbach pieces will be performed on that program. Bach looms large in the November schedule. Part Two of the fugue cycle is Nov. 3-5. The next week, the Brandenburg Concertos are performed. Jeremy Denk plays Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 (Nov. 25-26).” Soprano Dawn Upshaw will premiere a piece by Irish composer Donnacha Dennehy in early 2012.
Posted March 2, 2011