Announcing Zeitgeist’s 2016-2017 Concert Series

Zeitgeist is pleased to announce its 2016-2017 series of performances, festivals, and collaborations to take place at Studio Z in Lowertown Saint Paul.

For the Birds CD Release Concert
Sept. 8-10

The 2016-17 season begins with the release of Zeitgeist’s latest recording. A compelling combination of colorful musical performance, songs, and storytelling, For the Birds illuminates our human drive to aspire and offers a space to contemplate ourselves as individuals, families, communities, and a species. For the Birds showcases the amazing creativity of Minnesota artists and musicians by bringing together Zeitgeist, humorist Kevin Kling, and composer Victor Zupanc.


Saint Paul Food Opera
Oct. 6-8

Zeitgeist, composer Ben Houge, and an all-star cast of Saint Paul chefs are teaming up to meld the musical and culinary arts in the Saint Paul Food Opera. The Saint Paul Food Opera pairs delectable dishes with evocative music, enhancing the experience of both. Houge will debut a collection of new musical works designed to pair with dishes prepared by chefs from Saint Paul restaurants Tongue in Cheek, Saint Dinette, Golden’s Lowertown, Izzy’s Ice Cream, and Brake Bread.


Here and There: Zeitgeist with NO EXIT Ensemble
Nov. 10-13

Zeitgeist joins forces with Cleveland-based new music ensemble No Exit for an exchange of local sounds and talent. The second annual cross-country collaboration features Zeitgeist and No Exit performing music by Minnesota and Ohio composers, including works by Timothy Beyer, James Praznik, Janika Vandervelde, and Gregory Theisen.


Playing it Close to Home
Feb. 17-18

With winning songs from our Eric Stokes Song Contest plus music by local composer Mary Ellen Childs, our annual Playing it Close to Home concert celebrates the wealth of musical creativity found right here in our own backyard.


Early Music Festival: Lou Harrison
April 6-9

Zeitgeist’s 7th Annual Early Music Festival explores the powerful contributions of our musical pioneers with a celebration of composer Lou Harrison. A true American maverick, Harrison’s integrations of non-Western musical traditions and his innovative use of just intonation embraced new artistic possibilities and made a lasting impact that continues to shape new music today.


Zeitgeist with Spitting Image Collective
May 4-6

Teaming up with Twin Cities composer collective Spitting Image, Zeitgeist presents new commissions by Spitting Image Collective composers Katherine Bergman, Joshua Clausen, and Daniel Nass plus the reprise of Cambodian American composer Chinary Ung’s captivating work Spiral XIV “Nimitta,” commissioned by Zeitgeist in 2012.


Tickets: $15 / $10 students & seniors
Saint Paul Food Opera reservations: $70 dinner / $35 lunch
Tickets and details at


About Zeitgeist:

Lauded for providing “a once-in-a-lifetime experience for adventurous concertgoers,” Zeitgeist is a new music chamber ensemble comprised of two percussion, piano and woodwinds. One of the longest established new music groups in the country, Zeitgeist commissions and presents a wide variety of new music for audiences in the Twin Cities and on tour. Always eager to explore new artistic frontiers, Zeitgeist collaborates with poets, choreographers, directors, visual artists and sound artists of all types to create imaginative new work that challenges the boundaries of traditional chamber music. The members of Zeitgeist are: Heather Barringer, percussion; Patti Cudd, percussion; Pat O’Keefe, woodwinds; Nicola Melville, piano.

This activity is made possible with support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

Zeitgeist is supported by the The City of St. Paul’s Cultural STAR Program, The Amphion Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The Lowertown Future Fund, the Target Foundation, the McKnight Foundation, the Jerome Foundation, the Albrecht Family Foundation, the Aaron Copland Fund, The Mandel Family Foundation, and the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature.


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