The world-renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra returns for another wonderful season at Wayzata Community Church. Tickets are only $10 or $25 per concert – only $5 for kids. Visit www.thespco.org or call 651-291-1144 to order season tickets or individual concert tickets today!
Schubert’s Third Symphony*
Friday, September 29, 8:00 p.m.
Schubert’s Third Symphony shows us Haydn’s influence on the young composer’s work. Written when Schubert was just eighteen, the symphony remained unpublished until after his death. Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge is the first work to bring Britten international appreciation, and is a tribute to his former tutor, Frank Bridge. Selections from Mozart’s darkly comic opera Don Giovanni arranged for “harmonie” or wind ensemble start out the night. *Tickets required.
Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony with Pekka Kuusisto*
Friday, November 10, 8:00 p.m.
Anders Hillborg, one of Sweden’s leading composers, wrote Bach Materia, his response to Bach’s Third Brandenburg Concerto, specifically for our Artistic Partner Pekka Kuusisto and his improvisational spirit and abilities. Each performance of the Bach and Hillborg promises to be a premiere in its own right, with Kuusisto improvising different elements every time. Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony, led from the concertmaster chair by Kuusisto, brings the concert to a triumphant close. *Tickets required.
Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante*
Friday, January 26, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
Hear the full spectrum of the SPCO’s skills as an unconducted ensemble on a program that stretches from Classical to contemporary. Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 is a prime example of his emotional and evocative Sturm und Drang (“storm and stress”) symphonies. George Tsontakis’s reflection on recent turbulence in the world was a 2016 SPCO commission. Finally, SPCO musicians Eunice Kim and Hyobi Sim are the soloists and leaders for Mozart’s most masterful example of a hybrid symphony plus concerto, written when the prodigy composer was touring Europe at the age of 23. *Tickets required.
Maureen Nelson Plays The Lark Ascending*
Friday, April 13, 2018, 8:00 p.m.
The SPCO’s talented wind section gets to show off their virtuosity in two chamber music works for winds, Hertel’s Concerto a cinque and Gounod’s charming Petite symphonie. The strings get to close out the concert with Dvořák’s pastoral Serenade for Strings. The full orchestra joins forces at the center of this program as SPCO violinist Maureen Nelson takes center stage for Ralph Vaughan Williams’ iconic The Lark Ascending, based on the George Meredith poem of the same name. *Tickets required.