“The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra travels to Puerto Rico to play a special concert this Tuesday as part of the prestigious Casals Festival,” writes Euan Kerr on Sunday (3/3) at Minnesota Public Radio. “The orchestra will present the same repertoire that it played at concerts in St. Paul, Northfield and Minneapolis over the weekend. Artistic director Kyu-Young Kim said it’s an honor to be invited to play at the Casals Festival. ‘They don’t often bring a guest orchestra down,’ he said…. The concert will feature former SPCO artistic partner Christian Zacharias both conducting and playing the piano. It includes works by Beethoven, Bruckner, Widman and Mozart. The orchestra is encouraging its patrons and audience members to contribute to relief efforts as the island continues to recover from the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in 2017. ‘We realize how fortunate we are to be able to come down and play for them… ,’ Kim said. ‘So we wanted to pair that with this idea of providing some relief that’s even non-musical. They need certain things just as much as they need great music.’ Celebrated cellist and conductor Pablo Casals created the festival that bears his name in 1957.”

Posted March 6, 2019

In photo: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in performance at home in Minnesota. Photo by Nate Ryan / MPR News