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A new concert video collection honoring, celebrating Black artists

As a part of our efforts to actively include a diverse range of voices in all that we do, we are committed to the continued commissioning of artists that have been historically underrepresented on our stage and in the works that we play. To help do our part to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization and in our field, we are using our platform to celebrate the work of Black artists during Black History Month and all year.

From bold and contemplative solos to oral storytelling blended with music, we invite you to explore this collection of new and recent video performances featuring Black artists and composers, including pianist and composer Stewart Goodyear, actor H. Adam Harris, playwright Harrison David Rivers, and composers Ambrose Akinmusire, Billy Childs, Tyson Davis, Adolphus Hailstork and Jessie Montgomery.

the river has its destination

Ambrose Akinmusire, composer
Zachary Cohen, bass

Performed and filmed October 2020
World premiere commissioned by the SPCO



Piano Quartet

Stewart Goodyear, composer and piano

Performed and filmed October 2020




String Quartet No. 3, Unrequited

Billy Childs, composer

Performed and filmed October 2020




St. Paul’s Blues for Solo Flute

Adolphus Hailstork, composer
Alicia McQuerrey, flute

Performed and filmed October 2020
World premiere commissioned by the SPCO



Tableau No. X for Solo Trumpet

Tyson Davis, composer
Lynn Erickson, trumpet

Performed and filmed October 2020
World premiere commissioned by the SPCO



Selections from Strum, Records from a Vanishing City, Banner and Source Code

Jessie Montgomery, composer
Christian Reif, conductor
Harrison David Rivers, playwright
H. Adam Harris, actor



2020 Northside Celebration (special feature)

The 2020 Northside Celebration feature offers a testimony of music’s connective power and the spirit of the North Minneapolis community, showing moments on- and off-stage as North Minneapolis artists, choirs and the SPCO celebrate the spirit of the Northside through music.




A Requiem for Zula (TPT Minnesota Original)

Follow along with composer and musician PaviElle French as she partnered with the SPCO in creating A Requiem for Zula, a symphony dedicated to her mother and to Saint Paul’s Rondo neighborhood.