Classical music spotlight: Brahms' Serenade No. 1 at SPCO

  • Article by: LARRY FUCHSBERG , Special to the Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 21, 2012 - 5:58 PM

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Thursday-Sunday 1/26-29

Concertgoers easily can go a decade or longer without encountering a performance of Brahms' fetching Serenade No. 1. This month in the Twin Cities there are two of them, the first by the Minnesota Orchestra and this week by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and guest conductor Paul McCreesh. Preceding Brahms is music from England: the early Serenade in E Minor, deservedly one of Edward Elgar's most popular pieces, and Benjamin Britten's Nocturne for Tenor and Chamber Orchestra, a virtual anthology (dedicated to Mahler's widow) of dream-themed English poetry, with tenor Robert Murray.

  • 7:30 p.m. Thu. 1/26, Trinity Lutheran Church, 115 N. 4th St., Stillwater

    8 p.m. Fri. 1/27, Wooddale Church, 6630 Shady Oak Rd., Eden Prairie

    2 p.m. Sun. 1/29, Benson Great Hall, Bethel University, 3900 Bethel Dr., Arden Hills

    Also 8 p.m. Sat. 1/28. Skinner Memorial Chapel, Carleton College, Northfield, Minn. Tickets at door only.

    Tickets: $5-$25. 651-291-1144 or

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