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BREAKING NEWS: SPCO Cancels Neighborhood Series Concerts

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in concert. Photo by Chelsea Tischler.

With Omicron cases besieging the public in all 50 U.S. states and most of U.S. territories, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra has decided to cancel all of its Neighborhood Series concerts through March 13. Concerts at the Ordway Concert Hall in Saint Paul, Minnesota will continue for the time being.

“SPCO leaders were hopeful that the pandemic situation would have improved enough by January that the orchestra could return to its Neighborhood Series venues,” the organization said in a statement. “Unfortunately, with case numbers surging in the community, to the organization will remain focused on providing concerts in just one location at this time.”

In total, 12 concerts in this series have been cancelled:

Haydn’s Symphony No. 43

Friday | January 28 | 11:00am

Friday | January 28 | 8:00pm

Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie

Tuesday | February 1 | 7:30pm

Shephard of the Valley, Apple Valley


Bach’s Goldberg Variations

Thursday | February 10 | 7:30pm

Trinity Lutheran Church, Stillwater

Friday | February 11 | 7:00pm

Humboldt High School, Saint Paul’s West Side

Saturday, February 12 | 8:00pm

Saint Paul’s United Church of Christ, Saint Paul

Sunday | February 13 | 2:00pm

Ted Mann Concert Hall, Minneapolis


Haydn’s Clock Symphony with Richard Egarr

Sunday | February 20 | 2:00pm

Benson Great Hall, Arden Hills


Cassie Pilgrim Plays Bach’s Oboe Concerto

Friday | February 25 | 11:00am

Friday | February 25 | 8:00pm

Wooddale Church, Eden Prairie

Saturday | February 26 | 7:00pm

Capri Theater, North Minneapolis


Maureen Nelson Plays Piazzolla’s Four Seasons

Sunday | March 13 | 2:00pm

Benson Great Hall, Arden Hills


Refunds and Other Options

Ticket-holders to the cancelled concerts have four options:

  1. Exchange their tickets for another concert.
  2. Donate the value of their tickets to the SPCO (as a tax-deductible donation).
  3. Bank the tickets in their account for use at a future concert.
  4. Request a refund by contacting the Ticket Office.

If no action is taken, tickets to the cancelled concerts will automatically be banked for future use.

Future Concerts: Sanitary Measures

Beginning February 1, all SPCO audience members must present proof of their COVID-19 vaccination and booster shot, or a negative test result taken within 72 hours before a performance. In compliance with recent executive orders from the cities of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, negative COVID-19 test results must be from a medically supervised PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours before the performance. Rapid home tests will not be accepted.

In addition to the booster requirement, all audience members will be required to wear non-cloth masks such as N95, KN95, KF94 or surgical masks. Non-cloth masks will be available at the Ordway upon arrival, if needed, courtesy of the Arts Partnership.

All patrons who have not received a booster shot by February 1 will need to present a negative test result taken within 72 hours before attending a performance. This includes those who are not yet eligible for the booster, including children under the age of 12.

Twin Cities Arts Reader