Community Partnership Neighborhoods
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra firmly believes that building authentic, long-term relationships is vital to the work of serving the community and connecting more people to the transformational music we perform. While the SPCO proudly performs in many Twin Cities neighborhoods, we are grateful for the deeper partnerships we are working toward in two of these communities.
Located on West Broadway in North Minneapolis, the Capri Theater is part of the continuing economic development and artistic revitalization of the Northside community. The SPCO is proud to have partnered with the Capri in this work for the past ten seasons.
Currently, the 250-seat theater is filled, three times a year, with an enthusiastic audience for an SPCO chamber music series. Tickets are free for Northside residents and people from outside the neighborhood are encouraged to come experience all that the Capri has to offer. Community input has driven the programming offered at the Capri and will continue to guide our work in the 2020.21 season and beyond.
The Capri Theater is currently in the process of a major renovation and expansion of the existing theater. The new space will open in 2020. We look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with them and continuing to work together to further our engagement with the Northside community.
WEST SIDE, Saint Paul
In the 2017.18 season, the SPCO announced the addition of a new community partnership neighborhood on Saint Paul’s West Side. The SPCO was thrilled to be welcomed to the neighborhood and to Humboldt High School for a three-concert series. The concerts in this series are free for West Side residents, one-hour in length and include Spanish/English concert programs and bilingual on-stage commentary. A hallmark of these concerts has quickly become the performance of beginning violin students from Riverview Elementary who participate in the Harmony program – an El Sistema-inspired afterschool music program that was started by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS).
The partnership on the West Side also includes a Start the Music! free concert event geared towards 3–6 year olds and their families. In addition, Riverview Elementary on the West Side is one of 10 partner schools in the SPCO’s free music education program, CONNECT. Because of the ongoing pandemic, the SPCO is currently facing an unprecedented financial challenge. In an effort to reduce expenses and ensure the organization can remain financially strong throughout this crisis, we’ve made the difficult decision to temporarily suspend our West Side series for the 2020.21 season, along with other very significant efforts to reduce our expenses for next year. We look forward to resuming our West Side series with the 2021.22 season.
The West Side partnership is guided by members of the West Side Community Music Council.