Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s 2017-18 season: premieres, new venues, March festival

Posted on: April 20, 2017

“The newly announced 2017-18 St. Paul Chamber Orchestra season offers seven premieres, free tickets for kids and a focus on building new audiences through nontraditional venues,” writes Ross Raihala in Wednesday’s (4/19) Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN). “Last season, the orchestra began offering free tickets to children and students and saw nearly four times the number of young people attending concerts. The program continues into the new season…. The SPCO is also expanding to offer new three-concert series at St. Paul’s Turf Club and St. Paul’s West Side at Humboldt High School, while continuing its performances at Icehouse and the Capri Theater in Minneapolis…. The season opens with Beethoven’s Triple Concerto featuring associate concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini, principal cello Julie Albers and pianist Orion Weiss in his SPCO debut.” New works scores by Salvatore Sciarrino, Hannah Lash, Anders Hillborg, Jessie Montgomery, Martin and Göran Fröst, Jesper Nordin, and Lembit Beecher—the latter SPCO’s newly appointed composer in residence. In March, the SPCO will present a No Fiction Festival featuring “many stories that we feel will resonate with our community,” says Artistic Director and Principal Violin Kyu-Young Kim. The festival will include programs featuring women composers, music of Appalachian Ohio, and Haitian music.

Posted April 20, 2017

Photo of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in Ordway Hall by Paul Crosby