The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, beginning its 54th season in September 2012, is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world.
In collaboration with five artistic partners – Roberto Abbado, Edo de Waart, Dawn Upshaw, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair – the 34 virtuoso musicians present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year, and are regularly heard on public radio’s Performance Today which reaches 1.3 million listeners each week on 256 stations, and SymphonyCast reaching 335,000 listeners each week on 126 stations nationwide.
The SPCO is recognized for making its concerts accessible to the entire Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area through performances in seven “neighborhood” venues in addition to its home venue at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Saint Paul. In addition to increasing the orchestra’s accessibility through location, the SPCO has also focused on making ticket prices accessible. Tickets for SPCO concerts in all venues are only $10, $25 or $40 and children’s tickets are only $5. The orchestra also recently launched an innovative new membership subscription model in which patrons pay $5 a month for unlimited concerts.
The SPCO has released 67 recordings, commissioned 131 new works, and performed the world premiere of 49 additional compositions. The SPCO has earned the distinction of 16 ASCAP awards for adventurous programming.
Renowned for its artistic excellence and remarkable versatility of musical styles, the SPCO tours nationally and internationally, including performances in premier venues in Europe, Asia and South America.
Launched in 1995, the SPCO’s award-winning CONNECT education program reaches nearly 6,000 students and teachers annually in 16 Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools.
For more information, visit www.thespco.org.