The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra stood in front of a standing audience at the beginning of the first concert since their contract settlement at Shepard of the Valley Church in Apple Valley, Minn. on Thursday, May 9, 2013.
ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Friday-next Sunday: Although it was overshadowed by the longer labor dispute at the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra had plenty of woe of its own recently. A musician lockout lasting 191 days silenced most of the 2012-13 season. A settlement was reached in late April 2013 that lowered musician pay by 18.6 percent and reduced the size of the full-time orchestra. The current season comes to a close next weekend in three concerts in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Roberto Abbado will conduct Schubert’s melody-rich Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished,” as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 102. Associate concertmaster Ruggero Allifranchini (pictured) fiddles front-and-center in Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto. After these three concerts, the SPCO will not be heard again until mid-September. (8 p.m. Fri.-Sat. at Ordway Center, 5th and Washington Sts., St. Paul; 2 p.m. next Sun. at Ted Mann Concert Hall, University of Minnesota, 2128 S. 4th St., Mpls. $10-$40. 651-291-1144, www.thespco.org.)