Conductor Directing

Kenneth Freed, Music Director

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  • Date: Sunday, November 11, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Good Counsel Chapel
    String Quartet in G minor
    Serenata Op.87
    String Quartet

    Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra member Maureen Nelson makes her Music on the Hill performance debut featuring the transcendent and beautiful String Quartet in G minor by Claude Debussy. We are pairing this work with a string quartet by Basque composer Juan Crisóstomo Arriaga, nicknamed “the Spanish Mozart”, and the sonorous Serenata by Andalusian composer Joaquín Turina.

  • Date: Saturday, December 1, 2018
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Saint Peter Performing Arts Center
    The Nutcracker, Suite
    The Snowman
    Sleigh Ride
    Christmas Sing Along

    Bring the whole family to this heartwarming, not-to-be-missed holiday event!  This Academy Award-nominated holiday film based onRaymond Briggs’ beloved classic book is brought to life with full orchestra. The MSO performs Howard Blake’s beautifulscore to the animated film The Snowman, featuring the much-loved song “Walking in the Air”. Filled with magic and adventure, The Snowman is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season! You’ll also hear holiday classics featuring selections from Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker Suite and a holiday sing-along that is sure to get your toes tapping.  Join us in the lobby during intermission to make special snowman-inspired crafts and treats!

  • Date: Sunday, February 10, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Good counsel Chapel
    Quartet for the end of time

    Composed while he was a prisoner of war, Olivier Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time seems to touch the far edges of human experience. Described as ethereal, but never dainty. Sometimes powerful, but never harsh or ugly, Messiaen’s music is set apart from any other. Balancing out the program is Bela Bartok’s Contrasts, a piece commissioned by celebrated jazz clarinetist Benny Goodman.     Featuring clarinet phenomenon, Gabriel Campos Zamora, internationally reknown pianist Tim Lovelace, Minnesota Orchestra Associate Principal Violin, Susie Park, and cellist Richard Belcher. This program is transcendent and beautiful— a gem among contemporary works.

  • Date: Saturday, February 16, 2019
    Time: 7:30 pm
    Location: Verizon Center Grand Hall
    To be announced

    Kick off Valentine’s Day with a fresh take on rock and pop classics with the MSO! The New Standards started in 2005 as an off-shoot project between three Minneapolis-based musicians and friends and has grown into a globe-spanning adventure. The core members all come from illustrious Twin Cities bands. Chan Poling founded the seminal Punk/New Wave band The Suburbs. John Munson was an original member of Trip Shakespeare and the chart-topping Semisonic. Steve Roehm started on drums in the Texas punk outfit Billygoat and the avant-jazz Electropolis. A limited number of patrons will be able to sit in and among the orchestra for an up-close and personal musical experience. Staffed cocktail bars near the stage, table seating, and room to groove, this is a party you won’t want to miss!

  • Date: Sunday, March 31, 2019
    Time: 2:00 pm
    Location: Good Counsel Chapel
    Piano Trio in g minor Op.17
    Piano Quintet in A, D.667 "Trout"

     The season comes to a close with Clara Schumann’s Piano Trio in G minor, referred to as the masterpiece among her compositions. Paired with certainly the best-known piece of music to be named after a fish, Franz Schubert’s “Trout” Quintet’s popular title comes from a movement of one of his best loved songs. Maestro Ken Freed shows off his inimitable skills on the viola on this program, joining a stellar roundup of musicians.