SAINT PAUL, MN, APRIL 7, 2016 – Today The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) announces its 2016-17 season. Led by SPCO musicians and a dynamic roster of artistic partners, the 2016-17 season reveals the full emotional range of the SPCO’s repertoire, with programs that explore the outer edges of light and darkness, joy and sadness, innocence and worldliness.
“We at the SPCO feel so passionately that ours is a living, breathing art form that can have a real emotional impact on anyone and everyone who experiences it,” said Artistic Director and Principal Violin Kyu-Young Kim. “The season that we’re announcing today reflects what an exciting time it is artistically for the SPCO and we look forward to sharing it with our community.”
Four premieres of newly commissioned works
The SPCO once again asserts its role as a champion of new works by presenting four premieres of SPCO commissions or co-commissions in the 2016-17 season.
- October 14-29, the SPCO will present the world premiere of a new work for chamber orchestra by George Tsontakis, a commission funded by the Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, thanks to a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation. This is the SPCO’s fourth commission by the acclaimed American composer. Previous SPCO premieres of Tsontakis’s work include the Grawemeyer Award-winning and Grammy-nominated Second Violin Concerto written for Concertmaster Steven Copes, Clair de Lune, and a new arrangement of Coraggio for Strings, which the SPCO performed at the opening of the new Ordway Concert Hall in March 2015.
- The world premiere of a new piano concerto by British composer Sally Beamish, written for Jonathan Biss, will be performed January 20-22, as the second installment of a five-year project pairing Beethoven’s five piano concertos with newly commissioned concertos inspired by Beethoven’s work. Beamish’s concerto will be paired with Beethoven’s First Piano Concerto.
- On February 4, the SPCO will be joined by MacArthur fellow and flutist Claire Chase for the Midwest premiere of Japanese-British composer Dai Fujikura’s Concerto for Flute and Chamber Ensemble, an SPCO co-commission with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra.
- The final program of the season will feature Steven Copes as soloist and Artistic Partner Thomas Zehetmair as conductor on the world premiere of a violin concerto by American composer and “acknowledged chamber music master” (The New Yorker) Pierre Jalbert, a work co-commissioned with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.
See all the details on the SPCO website https://www.thespco.org/