Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s 2022-23 season: new artistic partners, contemporary composers, Neighborhood Series

Posted on: May 13, 2022

“The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is all about collaboration,” writes Rob Hubbard in Wednesday’s (5/11) Star Tribune (Minneapolis). “And the 2022-23 season announced Wednesday demonstrates that some very exciting and innovative musicians want to work with the SPCO. One of the world’s foremost violists, Germany’s Tabea Zimmermann, and South African cellist, composer and improviser Abel Selaocoe, who drew raves on his debut visit earlier this year, are joining the SPCO’s team of artistic partners who curate and perform programs…. Violinist [and former artistic partner] Joshua Bell … will return for a set of concerts next season. The orchestra also is introducing a program called ‘Sandbox Composer Residencies,’ allowing audiences to watch commissioned works by three composers take shape over the course of the season. Throw in an emphasis on composers from underrepresented communities and the return of a full season of Neighborhood Series concerts at 13 venues throughout the Twin Cities, and there are plenty of intriguing offerings…. Zimmermann makes her debut as artistic partner with … works by Ödön Pártos, Bela Bartok and Johannes Brahms…. Selaocoe will launch his tenure as artistic partner with works by himself along with Pauline Oliveros’ improvisation-rooted ‘Tuning Meditation.’ ”