Season Finale: Celebrating Four Years of the Concert Library

Thursday, June 17, 2021

No Registration Required — A Free Virtual Event
Saturday, June 12, 8:00pm
Streaming via the SPCO Concert Library

Event Details:

With our final live broadcast of the 20.21 season, we celebrate the fourth anniversary of the online SPCO Concert Library. Since the launch of this online streaming platform in 2017, hundreds of thousands of viewers in Minnesota and beyond have experienced live or on-demand SPCO concert videos for free. The Concert Library plays an integral role in our mission to share music with the broadest possible audience in our community, making our concerts available anytime, anywhere, completely free of charge.

The evening opens with Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw's string quartet Entr'acte inspired by Joseph Haydn's Second String Quartet, which, in her words, "takes you to the other side of Alice's looking glass, in a kind of absurd, subtle, technicolor transition." SPCO Principal Clarinet Sang Yoon Kim performs in two world premieres -- one for solo clarinet by Michi Wiancko and a duo with Principal Bass Zachary Cohen by Clarice Assad.

We also share Ludwig van Beethoven's Sextet for Two Horns and Strings, composed during his student years and modeled after Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, before ending with an early career work by Felix Mendelssohn. He wrote his Second String Quintet while falling deeply in love, and it offers a passionate ending to our Season Finale.


Organization Details:

Renowned for its artistic excellence, remarkable versatility of musical styles and adventurous programming, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. Now in its 62nd season, the SPCO has recently undergone transformational change with the opening of its new home, the Ordway Concert Hall, the addition of a new generation of players, and significant changes in its artistic vision. The SPCO is primarily an unconducted ensemble that performs a broad range of repertoire from Baroque to new music and works in close collaboration with a dynamic roster of Artistic Partners, whose engagements with the orchestra have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtuoso musicians of the SPCO present more than 100 concerts and educational programs in the Twin Cities each year. The orchestra’s free online Concert Library receives more than 350,000 visits annually and offers both live and on-demand videos of concerts that can be viewed anytime, anywhere, completely free of charge. Through its partnership with Classical Minnesota Public Radio, the SPCO is regularly heard on public radio programs that reach nearly 850,000 listeners each week on over 250 stations. Additionally, the SPCO has released 67 recordings, including the 2018 Grammy Award-winning recording of Franz Schubert’s Death and the Maiden with violinist and former Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja. The SPCO has commissioned 150 new works and tours nationally and internationally, including recent engagements in Europe and New York City, and a prestigious residency with Cal Performances at the University of California, Berkeley.

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Offer: No Registration Required — A Free Virtual Event
Saturday, June 12, 8:00pm
Streaming via the SPCO Concert Library

Date: Thursday, June 17, 2021

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