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.

WEST SIDE, Saint Paul

Last year we began a relationship with the vibrant West Side neighborhood in Saint Paul. We were welcomed to the 600-seat auditorium of Humboldt High School for three full-orchestra concerts and a Start the Music! concert for 3-6 year olds and their families. In addition, Riverview Elementary became a partnering school in the SPCO’s CONNECT music education program.

In February 2018, the SPCO’s concert at Humboldt opened with 18 fourth graders from Riverview Elementary showcasing their new violin skills by performing the classics, Frère Jacques and Ode to Joy. Later in the program, these same students performed alongside the SPCO on Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, which features sustained open D and G strings for the duration of the piece. They were prepared for the role by SPCO violinist Daria Adams and their director, Barbara Flooding. These students are a part of Harmony — an El Sistema-inspired afterschool music program that was started by the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) in October 2016. GTCYS and the SPCO have been working together strategically for eight years now and we are thrilled to bring the strength of our partnership to the West Side community.

In May 2018, an ensemble of Humboldt High School band students put together Song Without Words from Gustov Holst’s Second Suite. They performed it, unconducted, to open the final SPCO concert of the season on Humboldt’s auditorium stage. Despite some nerves, joy radiated from these young musicians. We look forward to growing our relationship with the Humboldt music program and community and to sharing the stage with students again in the 2018.19 season.

NORTHSIDE, Minneapolis

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 nine seasons.

Currently, the 250-seat theater is filled, three times a year, with an enthusiastic audience for an SPCO chamber music series. A third of the available seats are offered free-of-charge to Northside neighbors on a first-come-first-serve basis and people from outside the neighborhood are encouraged to come experience all that the Capri has to offer. In addition to the SPCO chamber music series, our free family music programs, Start the Music! and xplorchestra!, are presented annually and geared toward families with children 3–6 years old and 5–9 years old, respectively. Community input has driven the programming offered at the Capri and will continue to guide our work in the 2018.19 season and beyond.

The Capri Theater is currently finalizing a capital campaign and plans for 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.