“The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s 2019-20 season will feature new artistic partners, a performance at Lincoln Center and premieres of six new works, plus the SPCO debuts of noted musicians and the return of classical favorites,” writes Kathy Berdan in Wednesday’s (4/17) Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN). “Composer and musical commentator Rob Kapilow, who is known for his special concert format … ‘What Makes It Great?’ …will host the SPCO’s in-depth exploration of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony…. The SPCO’s … current roster of artistic partners includes American pianist Jeremy Denk, Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto and British multi-instrumentalist and baroque specialist Jonathan Cohen. Richard Egarr [who] joined the artistic partner lineup in November [will] be featured in three programs … for performances of Mozart’s Requiem at the Cathedral of St. Paul and Ordway Concert Hall. All of the artistic partners perform in the new season, with Kuusisto joining the orchestra at Lincoln Center…. The SPCO will continue conductor-less performances, during which musicians lead the programs [and] are also heavily involved in choosing the repertoire.” SPCO will premiere Godspeed for String Orchestra by former Artistic Partner Stephen Prutsman, plus premieres by Missy Mazzoli, Cindy Cox, Nico Muhly, Jessie Montgomery, and Sky Macklay.
Posted April 18, 2019