FRIDAY EVENINGS IN WAYZATA
The world-renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra returns for its 10th season at Wayzata Community Church. Highlights of this season at Wayzata include Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, chamber music by Beethoven, Stravinsky and Shostakovich, and Baroque works by Handel, Purcell and Dowland. 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!
February 3, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Dvořák in America
This program opens with the First Symphony by French composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the first known Classical composer of African ancestry, and is followed by the dance-like Serenade No. 12 by his contemporary, Mozart. The second half of the program showcases works written in America. At the Octoroon Balls, inspired by Marsalis’s early years in New Orleans, explores American Creole life with jazz and fiddle influences. The program finishes with Dvořák’s popular American Quartet, which was written while the composer was living in the United States. The melodies in this work are inspired from American folk music he heard through his travels throughout the Eastern and Midwestern United States.
April 7, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
Chaconne: A Baroque Fantasy
Conductor and harpsichordist Jeannette Sorrell brings her “vibrant, life-affirming approach to the re-making of early music” (BBC Music Magazine) to the SPCO for a program of works rooted in dance by masters of the Baroque era. At the heart of the program, SPCO musicians Joshua Koestenbaum and Sarah Lewis are featured as soloists in Vivaldi’s Double Cello Concerto.
May 19, 2017, 8:00 p.m.
In Times of War
This program explores music born out of the horrors of war. Gideon Klein was a promising young composer and pianist when the Nazi regime imprisoned him in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp, along with many other artists and musicians forced into slavery, and his original Partita for Strings, scored for violin, viola and cello, was performed in the concentration camp and later arranged for string orchestra. Bartók’s Divertimento for String Orchestra was written in 1939 while the threat of World War II loomed over his native Hungary. Closing the program is Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, a powerful statement on war, written in 1960 under the intense scrutiny of Communist censorship.