Tuning up: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Claire Chase, and giant flute chorus

Posted on: October 9, 2015

“St. Paul is in for a big dose of art,” writes Amy Carlson Gustafson in Tuesday’s (10/6) Pioneer Press (Minn.) “For the second year in a row, the St. Paul Knight Arts Challenge asked, ‘What’s your best idea for the arts in St. Paul?’ More than 400 applicants answered the call this year. On Tuesday, the 40 winning ideas were announced. The winning projects—which will receive $1.29 million in funding from the challenge—include … $50,000 for a special performance [in 2017] of a 100-member community-sourced flute chorus with world-class flutist Claire Chase,” performing Salvatore Sciarrino’s Cutting the Circle of Sounds with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. “Victoria Rogers, vice president for arts at Knight Foundation, said the St. Paul winners reflected a ‘great deal of diversity’ and noted the way the winners explored different ways to connect with the community.” Other selected projects include a traveling flash mob of flamenco singers and dancers, a program that engages young black males in the arts, and a remake of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of the Latino Garcias vs. the Hmong Vangs.

Posted October 9, 2015

Pictured: Flutist Claire Chase