The newly announced 2021-22 season of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra will feature livestream and personal concerts at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 14 SPCO musicians as soloists, six newly commissioned works, including the second by PaviElle French for the Orchestra and the return of its artistic partners Jeremy Denk, Richard Egarr and Pekka Kuusisto.
The nearly 70 performances of the 63rd season were planned jointly by orchestra members who virtually gathered to work together as an ensemble and create programs that range from intimate chamber music repertoire to full orchestral programs.
“The invitation to a new concert season is always full of excitement and anticipation, but there is no parallel in the history of the SPCO for this announcement of our return to a full concert season at the Ordway Concert Hall,” said artist director and solo violinist Kyu-Young Kim in a press release. “We are very excited to continue to share music with our community through our digital concert library during the pandemic, and will continue to do so for the next season and beyond.”
At the beginning of the season, the number of visitors is limited to 50 percent of the capacity to enable the distance. If the COVID conditions improve significantly, additional capacity can be created in the hope that the concerts will be at full capacity again by January, if not earlier.
The orchestra plans to return to its Neighborhood Series venues from January to June and will be announcing these concerts and going on sale this fall.
Season ticket packages are now available for purchase, single tickets will be sold in August. Call 651-291-1144 or visit thespco.org for details. Season tickets are free for children and students.
The highlights of the season include:
- Opening weekend: Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings with the leading actress Lynn Erickson on trumpet; 8 p.m. 10.-11. September.
- Brahms and Prokofjew with the commissioned composition Island in the Sky for solo clarinet by Michi Wiancko; 11 a.m. September 24 and 8 p.m. September 24th to 25th.
- Eunae Koh plays Vivaldi’s Four Seasons with the world premiere of Sky Macklays When A Train Leaves New York; 11 a.m. Oct 8, 8 p.m. Oct 9 and 2 p.m. Oct 10.
- Beethoven, Hailstork and Montgomery, with the SPCO Commission’s Midwest premiere Shift, Change, Turn and Variations by Jessie Montgomery and Adolphus Hailstork’s Saint Paul’s Blues; 11.00 a.m. Oct. 22 and 8.00 p.m. Oct. 23
- Holiday concerts: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerts, Part One; 7.30 p.m. Dec 9 and Dec 20 10-11.
- Holiday concerts: Bach’s Brandenburg Concerts Part 2; 11 a.m. Dec. 17, 8 p.m. Dec. 18 and 2 p.m. Dec. 19
- Sands of Time with PaviElle French, with the St. Paul musician’s second SPCO commission; 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 8 p.m. Jan. 22
- Bach’s Goldberg Variations, with the first performance commission Goldberg Variations for chamber orchestra; 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. April 8 and 8 p.m. April 9.
- Pekka Kuusisto plays The Lark Ascending with the world premiere contract Dreaming a world’s edge from Cindy Cox; 8 p.m. 20-21 May and 2 p.m. May 22.
- Season finale: Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony; 8 p.m. 10.-11. June and 2 p.m. June 12.