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Marco Real-d'Arbelle performs a piece by Italian violinist Nicola Matteis at a pop-up concert at Rosebrook Park on Friday in Roseville.

Mobile mini-concerts are part of Minnesota Bach Festival events

The festival, run by the Bach Society of Minnesota, runs through June 1.
Richard Egarr

Review: Conductor Richard Egarr leads the SPCO in a concert filled with gravitas and joy

The program included works by Mozart, Charles Ives and Franz Schubert.
Joo Won Kang, left, and Keely Futterer in Minnesota Opera's "La Bohème."

Review: Minnesota Opera stages a most entertaining and energetic 'La Bohème'

Won Whi Choi as Rodolfo and Melinda Whittington as Mimi are in powerful voice in one of the most well-sung productions of the Giacomo Puccini opera.
Violinist Daniel Hope and English pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips perform as part of the Schubert Club's International Artist Series in St. Paul.

Review: Violinist Daniel Hope offered romanticism and emotion in Schubert Club concert

Hope performed works by César Franck and Maurice Ravel, among others, with English pianist Simon Crawford-Phillips.
Tabea Zimmermann Viola

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra enlists a host of intriguing musicmakers for its 2024-25 season

Pianist Roman Rabinovich, cellist Abel Selaocoe, violist Tabea Zimmermann and flutist Jasmine Choi are just some of the soloists slated to perform with the SPCO.
Concertmaster Erin Keefe solos with the Minnesota Orchestra Friday and Saturday under the direction of Thomas Søndergård.

Review: Concertmaster Erin Keefe delivers beautiful violin solo with the Minnesota Orchestra

The concert also featured works by Eleanor Alberga, Johannes Brahms and Robert Schumann.
Soprano Golda Schultz performed with pianist Jonathan Ware Wednesday as part of the Schubert Club International Artist Series.

Review: Soprano Golda Schultz proved a captivating storyteller with a magnificent voice

Her Schubert Club International Artist Series recital featured songs by Clara Schumann, Rebecca Clarke and Kathleen Tagg.
Soprano Christine Goerke is slated to perform a concert presentation of Giacomo Puccini’s “Turandot” with the Minnesota Orchestra in May 2025.

Minnesota Orchestra's 2024-25 season includes mandolinist Avi Avital, jazz master Wynton Marsalis

Soprano Julia Bullock, violinist Isabelle Faust and soprano Christine Goerke are also among the world-class musicians slated to perform with the orchestra next season.
Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott performs with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Review: Pianist Anne-Marie McDermott performs mesmerizing, haunting program with the SPCO

The concert included the premiere of a new piano concerto by American composer Chris Rogerson and works by French composers Francis Poulenc and Ernest Chausson.
Yuja Wang / Konzerthaus Wien © Julia Wesely

Review: Pianist Yuja Wang performs a spirited, satisfying program with the Minnesota Orchestra

The Chinese virtuoso performed works by Sergei Prokofiev, Arturo Márquez and Franz Schubert.
Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov performed a Chopin Society recital on Sunday.

Review: Pianist Daniil Trifonov delivers exciting, emotionally powerful Chopin Society recital

The Russian virtuoso's interpretations of Beethoven's "Hammerklavier" and Peter Tchaikovsky's "In Church" were the concert's most outstanding performances.
Zoie Reams and Charles H. Eaton in Minnesota Opera's production of "Trouble in Tahiti."

Review: MN Opera's 'Trouble in Tahiti' and 'Service Provider' explore marital bliss gone wrong

Mezzo-soprano Zoie Reams offers standout performances in both one-acts.
Saxophonist Jess Gillam performs in April 2025 as part of the Schubert Club's International Artist Series.

Schubert Club announces 2024-25 International Artist Series and Music in the Park Series concerts

Jeremy Denk, Leonidas Kavakos and Emmanuel Pahud are among those slated to perform as part of the International Artist Series.
This is a scene from the Minnesota Opera's 2009 production of "The Barber of Seville," which will be revived during the 2024-25 season.

Minnesota Opera's 2024-25 season features 'The Barber of Seville,' 'The Snowy Day,' a recital series

The season opens Nov. 2 with "Romeo and Juliet."
The Canadian Brass quintet performed with the Cantus vocal ensemble on Sunday.

Review: Cantus, Canadian Brass prove an 'unsuccessful pairing' in St. Paul concert

The sound dynamics were problematic when the two groups blended, with the brass quintet overpowering some voices.
Guest bassist Nina Bernat performs with the Minnesota Orchestra this weekend.

Review: Osmo Vänskä returns for an ear-opening Minnesota Orchestra concert of new music

Guest bassist Nina Bernat proved exhilarating and lyrical on Giovanni Bottesini's second bass concerto.
Jennaya Robison, artistic director of the National Lutheran Choir, selects music for the group that will make audiences think about the plight of huma

National Lutheran Choir's artistic director wants the group's music to make audiences think

Jennaya Robison will lead the choir in a performance Sunday at St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church in Plymouth.
The King's Singers performed Sunday afternoon as part of the Bethlehem Music Series.

Review: King's Singers delight with tightly woven harmonies in Bethlehem Music Series concert

The all-male group was in fine form especially on songs such as Amanda McBroom's "The Rose" and U2′s "MLK."
Shruthi Rajasekar will perform her work "Parivaar – A Celebration of Community as Family" on Sunday at Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul

Shruthi Rajasekar performs her new work 'Parivaar' as part of the Schubert Club Mix

Rajasekar curated the concert series and has made it a celebration of Minnesota's vibrant South Asian artistic community and the many musicians who have guided her along the way.

Review: Thomas Søndergård makes epic debut as Minnesota Orchestra's new conductor

Retired music professor builds concert hall in his Eagan home

Richard Egarr

Review: Richard Egarr leads SPCO in spirited, dramatic Baroque music concerts

The smile-inducing program featured works by J.S. Bach, Heinrich Biber and Georg Philipp Telemann.
Paul McCreesh

Review: The SPCO performs a majestic Handel's 'Messiah'

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra's version has long been the Twin Cities area's gold standard.

Review: Shorthanded Cantus offers Christmas concert of solemn reverence

The harmonies were a bit thinner and the spirit more solemn at Friday's midday concert, with three of the group's four tenors sidelined.
The Three Kings in Skylark Opera’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors.” 

8 great holiday concerts by Twin Cities area classical groups

From a couple of different renditions of "Messiah" to choirs to "Amahl and the Night Visitors," there's something for everyone.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra livestreamed concerts from an empty Ordway Concert Hall.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has a budget surplus for fiscal year 2022

Community donations have been key to the SPCO braving the pandemic.
Bridget Kibbey

Review: Harpist Bridget Kibbey showed what the instrument can do at St. Paul recital

At St. Paul's Ordway, she teamed with violinist Alexi Kenney for a rich performance.
Dianne Reeves

Dianne Reeves performs with Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra in holiday concert at Orchestra Hall

Christmas music always reminds the Grammy-winning jazz vocalist of family and fellowship.
Symone Harcum as Almirena and Patrick Terry as Rinaldo in Minnesota Opera's "Rinaldo." Photo credit: Dan Norman

Review: Minnesota Opera's finely sung 'Rinaldo' opens the new Luminary Arts Center

The fun production features imaginative costumes and staging.
Bruce Coppock

Bruce Coppock, former SPCO president, cellist and teacher, dies at 71

Bruce Coppock, a classical music visionary, retired in 2016.
Joshua Bell's 2021 performances with the SPCO at Bravo! Vail. Please credit Tomas Cohen 

Review: Joshua Bell leads SPCO in energetic, emotional concert of Mozart, Bruch and Bizet

The violinist was an artistic partner with the SPCO earlier in his career from 2004-2007.
Osmo Vänskä led a rehearsal Dec. 29, 2021, as he prepared for the Minnesota Orchestra’s three-week Sibelius Festival.

Review: Osmo Vänskä leads Minnesota Orchestra in bright, bold and bracing Mahler's Third Symphony

This work will be the last that the conductor laureate records with the orchestra.
Joshua Bell last performed with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at Bravo! Vail in 2021.

Violinist Joshua Bell reunites with St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for a series of concerts

Earlier in his career, Bell worked as an artistic partner with the SPCO for three years.
Anne Sofie von Otter

Review: Mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter offers an intimate, emotional concert at the Ordway

Renowned fortepiano master Kristian Bezuidenhout accompanied the theatrically engaging von Otter.
Thomas Søndergård makes his debut as the new director of the Minnesota Orchestra, in Minneapolis, Minn., on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2022. The first piece

Review: Thomas Søndergård leads Minnesota Orchestra in beautiful program of contrasting themes

Maurice Ravel's "Mother Goose" proved lush and delicate, while Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" was intense and aggressive.
Donald Runnicles

Review: Sir Donald Runnicles conducts the Minnesota Orchestra in a powerful, emotional concert

The program included works by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Alban Berg, Carlos Simon and Edward Elgar.
From left, Jack Swanson, Jasmine Habersham and Brian Vu in Minnesota Opera’s “Edward Tulane” at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts in St. Pau

Review: Minnesota Opera's 'Edward Tulane' delights with evocative music, dazzling visuals and heart

The opera is based on Minneapolis author Kate DiCamillo's novel "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane."
Jack Swanson as the titular character in "Edward Tulane" in a scene with Brian Vu as Bryce and Jasmine Habersham as Sarah Ruth in the first act during

Minnesota Opera's COVID-delayed 'Edward Tulane' to make its world premiere

The opera, based on Kate DiCamillo's book "The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane," has lessons for young and old about perseverance and empathy.

Minnesota Opera's COVID-delayed 'Edward Tulane' to make its world premiere

Pianist Conrad Tao performs with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra this weekend.

Review: Pianist Conrad Tao performs with imagination, energy and sensitivity in his SPCO debut

The program featured C.P.E. Bach and Mozart concertos, among other selections.
Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra photo credit, Frank Stewart.

Review: Minnesota Orchestra opens season with Wynton Marsalis, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

Marsalis' 12-year-old "Swing Symphony," a journey through the history of jazz, didn't seem all that new.
A performance of "A Murmur in the Trees"at Barringer Family Farms, Ellsworth, Wis., Aug. 5, 2022. Photo credit: Katherine Bergman

Double bassists perform 'Murmur in the Trees' in a grove at Caponi Art Park in Eagan

New music ensemble Zeitgeist will present composer Eve Beglarian's work created for 24 upright basses.
Composer Viet Cuong rehearses with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul on Sept. 14.

Composer Viet Cuong creates new works in the SPCO Sandbox Composer Residency program

He is the first of three composers slated to participate in the new program.
Thomas S'nderg'rd photo credit: Andy Buchanan

New music director Thomas Søndergård discusses his plans for the Minnesota Orchestra

He doesn't step into his new role until September 2023, but he will return to Minneapolis in October to conduct three concerts.
Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra photo credit, Frank Stewart.

Fall 2022's top 10 classical performances include a touch of jazz and an opera about a rabbit

Season-opening night performance by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

SPCO opens season performing Beethoven's Seventh Symphony

This was a performance that delivered one epiphany after another.
This promotional photo released by Miramax shows actress Dame Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II in a scene from "The Queen." The consensus among Holl

24 favorite books, movies and songs that depict Queen Elizabeth II

The long life of the monarch inspired dozens of songs, movies, TV shows and books. Our critics cite these favorites.
"The Magic Flute Band" with Puppets - Right to Left, Jacob Milller, Joni Griffith, Jennifer LeDoux, Ginna Watson, Gary Ruschman, Uchenna Chidozie, pup

Review: Mixed Precipitation offers clever, satirical take on 'The Magic Flute'

The "pickup truck opera" intersperses Mozart's music with early '90s pop.
Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, photo credit Jared Fessler

Review: Source Song Festival returns to Minneapolis after COVID-19 hiatus

Six women singers gave beautiful voice to the words of six poets in Monday's festival-opening performance.
Minnesota Orchestra bid farewell to “Summer at Orchestra Hall” last weekend with a presentation of “Disney Fantasia Live in Concert.”

Review: Minnesota Orchestra's 'Fantasia' is inspiring, crisp, but also uneven

Amid inspiring moments, there are some curious cartoon choices on display.
The Minnesota Orchestra’s new music director designate Thomas Søndergård takes questions from President and CEO Michelle Miller Burns during a rec

Minnesota Orchestra's next music director Thomas Søndergård meets his first audience

Musicians, Minnesota and the classical music world react to Danish conductor's new role.
Guest conductor Hasan Kerem photo credit Tristan Fewings

Review: Minnesota Orchestra offers a joyous interpretation of Beethoven's 'Pastoral' Symphony

The late-night performance of Brahms' Clarinet Trio, with Osmo Vänskä on clarinet, proved a fitting postscript to the evening.
"Idomeneo" performed by Mixed Precipitation,  The photo from Idomeneo is by Travis Chantar

Summer sunsets, barking dogs, car alarms: The joys and pitfalls of outdoor opera

Twin Cities area performers share how weather, wildlife and realities of modern life can interrupt the show.
Cantus photo by Nate Ryan

Vocal ensemble Cantus brings the heat in 'Ramas y Raices: Songs from Latin America'

Jazz pianist Nachito Herrera provides the showstoppers to the program of music from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and Mexico.
Jon Kimura Parker

Review: Minnesota Orchestra kicks off 'Summer at Orchestra Hall' with Simon and Beethoven

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker's imaginative interpretation of Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto was the evening's highlight.
Jon Kimura Parker plays piano during rehearsals with members of the chamber orchestra at Orchestra Hall on Wednesday.

Pianist Jon Kimura Parker delights in the Minnesota Orchestra's summer festival concerts

He especially enjoys collaborations with other local arts groups and the summery, relaxed feel of the festival.
Minnesota Orchestra Musical Feast, Orchestra Hall Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 26.

Classical concerts (many of them free) to check out around Minnesota this summer

Classical music lovers have plenty of concert options this summer, indoors and outdoors.
Aleks Konters, left, of Prior Lake, and his dance partner Maija Saulitis of Minneapolis, last week practiced a traditional folk dance for an upcoming

Latvian Song and Dance Festival in St. Paul celebrates music and culture

More than 8,000 are expected to attend festival events that also include film, theater, visual arts and children's activities.

Vocal ensemble Cantus reflects on its past, celebrates its 27th year

Vintage Cantus:

Vocal ensemble Cantus reflects on its past, celebrates its 27th year

Gospel star Jovonta Patton is part of the Juneteenth lineup in Bethune Park on Saturday.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Concert highlights for June 16-22 include the Winstock and Afropunk fests, Femi Kuti, Twin Cities Gay Men's Chorus and Pryes Block Party.
Osmo Vänskä led a rehearsal last month.

Review: In final concerts, Osmo Vänskä offers a farewell to be remembered

More than 300 musicians filled Orchestra Hall's stage for Mahler's intense, meditative Eighth Symphony.
Composer PaviElle French performs her new work “Sands of Time” with the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra at its season-ending concerts this weekend at O

SPCO closes its season premiering 'Sands of Time' by St. Paul-based composer PaviElle French

Beethoven's Fourth Symphony completes the program
Kandace Springs

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Concert highlights for June 8-14 include Eric Church, Rock the Garden, Kandace Springs, the Bach Roots Festival and New Kids on the Block.
The late Jaakko Kuusisto.

Osmo Vänskä winds down his Minnesota Orchestra tenure with an emotional premiere

Review: Jaakko Kuusisto died before finishing his symphony, but brother Pekka completed it for this weekend's program.
Outgoing Minnesota Orchestra Music Director Osmo Vanska in a portrait made in a rehearsal room in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis Monday

'I have done my part': How Osmo Vänskä drew greatness out of Minnesota Orchestra

With ambition, energy and hard work, Osmo Vänskä shaped the Minnesota Orchestra into one of the world's finest. Now there's pride, too, as Vänskä makes his final bow.
Minnesota Orchestra recording session, June 2016

Three favorite recordings by Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra

'I have done my part': How Osmo Vänskä drew greatness out of the Minnesota Orchestra

Haim performed at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles last year.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Concert highlights for June 2-8 include Cecile McLorin Salvant, Haim, Orville Peck, the start of the end for Osmo Vänskä and a long-overdue Fingerprints release party.
Pekka Kuusisto

With a captivating program, Pekka Kuusisto bids farewell to St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

REVIEW: The adventurous violinist is closing out six years as artistic partner.
Alexandra Razskazoff

New Brighton soprano crowned at Met Opera will sing in intimate Minneapolis 'Traviata'

Out of the Box Opera has adapted the Verdi show for small audiences at a downtown hotel on Memorial Day weekend.
Valerie June returns to play the Pantages Theatre on Friday with tourmate Chastity Brown opening.

The big gigs: 10 concerts to see in the Twin Cities this week

Live music highlights for May 19-25 include Lucius, Valerie June, Dua Saleh, PaviElle French and Pekka Kuusisto with SPCO.
Matthias Maute (photo by Bill Blackstone)

Bach's crowning work gets a triumphant performance at St. Paul's Ordway Concert Hall

Review: Bach Society marks its 90th birthday with the piece that started it all.
Conductor Xian Zhang. ((Photo: Benjamin Ealovega)

Conductor Xian Zhang conjures passion and power from Minnesota Orchestra

Review: Program showcased how the ensemble can adapt to a new presence on the podium.