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PREVIEW: SPCO to Wind Up Virtual Season with Final Broadcast 6/12 and 6/17

Composers Clarice Assad and Michi Wiancko will each have a musical composition premiered in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s final concert of the season. Photo courtesy of the SPCO.

It’s been four years since the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra launched its online Concert Library, which allows the general public to listen to and watch a vast and growing archive of the ensemble’s concerts. The last addition for the 2020-2021 season is fast arriving this weekend, with the SPCO’s season finale arriving on June 12 and being rebroadcast June 17.

As the folk saying goes, a wedding should have “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”. For this concert, there are two “something old”s: Ludwig van Beethoven’s Op. 81b Sextet for Horns and String Quartet (written around 1795) and Felix Mendelssohn’s String Quintet No. 2 (1845).

Composer-violinist Michi Wiancko’s Island in the Sky for solo clarinet – a world premiere and SPCO commission – is definitely something new. So is Brazilian-American composer (and pianist and vocalist) Clarice Assad’s Jazz Montmartre for Clarinet and Bass, which doubles as something blue. (It’s also a world premiere and SPCO commission.)

And that something borrowed? That would be Caroline Shaw’s 2011/2014 Entr’acte, which was inspired by Haydn’s Op. 77 string quartet and borrows some of the minute-and-trio form from it. 


Saturday, June 12, 8:00pm CDT

Streaming link.

Thursday, June 17, 7:00pm CDT

Streaming link.

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