Can’t wait for the new season of the SPCO

I just received my season tickets for the 2009-2010 for the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Some of the highlights for the season.

  • New world premiere commissioned for soprano Dawn Upshaw – Nov 7
  • Stravinsky Festival – Jan 8-24
  • Cantus – May 20-23
  • Joshua Bell – May 27-39

I am a bit disappointed that the Nov 7 concert is one night only.  The Stravinsky Festival will be nice to see, and I think is the first time they will play with the Minnesota Orchestra since Britten’s War Requiem a few years back.  Cantus is a great choral ensemble, and worth seeing.  Former SPCO artistic partner Joshua Bell is back after performing a recital with the Schubert Club in 2008 and Minnesota Orchestra earlier this year.

Looking at the program for the six chamber music series, which is really blind faith for subscription as they are rarely programmed at renewal time, I am pretty happy.  Not only that, but I am very glad that I increased my subscription to two tickets on Friday nights.

Here is the program.  Dates are Friday nights at 8 PM and Sunday afternoon at 2 PM.

Oct 2/4 – Haydn String Quartet

  • Program to include:
  • Haydn: String Quartet in G
  • Kodaly: Serenade for Two Violins and Viola

Oct 23/25 – SPCO Winds

  • Villa-Lobos: Bachianas brasileras No. 6 for Flute and Basson
  • Piston: Three Pieces for Flute, Clarinet and Bassoon
  • Beethoven: Wind Sextet
  • Enesco: Dixtour for Wind Instruments
  • Wilder: Woodwind Quintet No. 2

Dec 11/13 – Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto

  • Bach/Sitkovetsky: Goldberg Variations
  • Bach: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4 and 5

Feb 5/7 – Boccherini, Leclair, and Borodin

  • Boccherini: String Quintet in C
  • Leclair: Sonata for Two Violins, Op. 3, No. 4
  • Borodin: String Quartet No. 2 in D

Feb 19/21 – Dvorak and a World Premiere

  • Telemann: Quartet in A Minor
  • Telemann: Trio Sonata in A Minor
  • David Evan Thomas: New Work for Recorder, Oboe, Bassoon, Violin, and Harpsichord
  • Dvorak: String Quintet in E-flat, The American

May 14/16 – Mozart, Beethoven and More

  • Dohnanyi: Serenade in C for Violin, Viola and Cello
  • Beethoven: Sextet in E-flat for Two Horns and String Quartet
  • Mozart: Horn Quintet in E-flat
  • Martinu: Nonet for Winds and Strings

The only regret with the programming is that I wish they were doing all six Brandenburg Concertos in one evening like they did in the 2007-2008 season.

-Josh

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