In Tuesday’s (12/16) MinnPost (Minnesota), Doug Grow writes about new directions at the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra following a musician lockout in 2013. “Today, SPCO leadership and many key musicians look upon the move less as a setback than an opportunity—a chance to more clearly differentiate the group from the big symphony orchestra across the river. … Like Kevin Smith, his counterpart at the Minnesota Orchestra, [SPCO President and CEO Bruce] Coppock is a positive force who has grand visions about both the artistic and economic future of the SPCO. He accepted the offer to return as president and CEO—he’d held those positions from 1999 to 2008—because he’s a glass-half-full guy. …‘It’s almost like a start-up company,’ said Coppock. ‘In most organizations, you can have only incremental change. We have a fantastic opportunity to re-articulate what this orchestra can be.’ ” The article includes quotes from Concertmaster Steven Copes and Principal Second Violinist Kyu-Young Kim, who is also a member of the management team as senior director of artistic planning, and discusses the SPCO’s new concert hall, slated to open in March 2015.
Posted December 18, 2014