In Friday’s (5/24) Star Tribune (Minneapolis), Graydon Royce writes, “The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has announced a 2013-14 season that includes six world premieres, a Beethoven September and a celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary. The SPCO is in the midst of concluding a most-challenging 2012-13 season defined largely by a 191-day lockout of musicians in a labor dispute. There was concern in April that if the SPCO did not return for at least a portion of this year that next year’s program would be threatened. New work by composers John Luther Adams, John Harbison, Aaron Jay Kernis, Kevin Puts, Shawn Jaeger and Mason Bates will be performed by the SPCO. … Kernis, director of the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composers’ Institute, brings a new viola concerto, and Harbison’s new work in September will be conducted by artistic partner Edo de Waart. De Waart will open the season in September with one of the things he does best—Beethoven. He will conduct the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth (Pastoral) Symphonies. Pianist Christian Zacharias, another artistic partner, performs Beethoven’s Emperor Concerto, also in September.”


Posted May 24, 2013