Three Twin Cities groups collaborate on program with violinist Tetzlaff

Posted on: March 14, 2012

In Tuesday’s (3/13) Pioneer Press (St. Paul, Minnesota), Rob Hubbard writes, “ ‘We should get together and do something sometime.’ Friends say that all the time. And so did the Twin Cities’ three main classical music presenters: the Minnesota Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Schubert Club. For a few years, they had been talking about engaging a major international artist for concerts with each organization. The unprecedented collaboration comes to life over the next couple of weeks when German violinist Christian Tetzlaff performs a violin concerto by Polish composer Karol Szymanowki with the Minnesota Orchestra, plays a solo violin recital under the auspices of the Schubert Club and puts on three hats during an SPCO program—soloist with the orchestra, member of a small chamber group and concertmaster for a symphony.” On the variety of music—eight works by seven composers—Tetzlaff remarks, ‘It’s totally different music, and I don’t want to miss out on any of it. I chose all of them for a purpose. Szymanowski is just one of the most beautiful violin concerti that we have, and it is unknown to most people. So this gap in knowing it I love to bridge, because everyone is always so enthralled by it. But another really wild dog is the (George) Enescu Octet, which is practically never played.’ ”

Posted March 14, 2012