Announcing our Fall 2020 Digital Concerts
We’re excited to announce a series of live performances to be streamed from the Ordway Concert Hall this fall. We’ll perform from the Ordway Concert Hall with no audience on site, and these performances will be streamed through tour free online Concert Library via the SPCO’s multi-camera high-definition video system, with audio provided by Classical Minnesota Public Radio. This announcement follows the recent cancellation of previously scheduled concerts through December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In addition to the scheduled live performance streams, we’ll also encore streams (rebroadcasts of past performances) throughout the fall, and of course our growing on-demand library will continue to be available. As always, our digital concerts will continue to be provided completely free of charge, which aligns with our mission and ongoing commitment to sharing the orchestra and our music with as many people as possible in the community.
“Since the onset of this crisis we have endeavored to find ways to share our music with the community in a manner that is safe and responsible,” said SPCO Managing Director and President Jon Limbacher. “We are so pleased that in addition to our on-demand library and our encore broadcasts, we also will be able to offer a series of live streams this fall. All of this will be provided to our community free of charge because we remain deeply committed to our vision of providing a great orchestra for everyone in the community.”
A broad group of SPCO musicians collaborated to curate this series of performances, and several musicians will serve as virtual hosts, welcoming the audience and providing insight into each program. Continuing our commitment to presenting a wide range of works by living composers, we’ll perform ten works by living composers in the six live performance streams this fall, including four world premieres of SPCO commissions for solo instruments by Tyson Davis, Adolphus Hailstork, Ambrose Akinmusire and Chen Yi.
“My colleagues in the orchestra and I were excited to come together to curate these special video performances from the Ordway, drawing on our passion for chamber music and deep experience playing in small ensembles,” said SPCO Artistic Director and Principal Violin Kyu-Young Kim. “We are thrilled to be able to play together again after so many months and to take our online audiences on a journey of discovery via our Concert Library. With our high-quality HD video system and superb audio mix provided by Classical MPR, these live streams will be the next best thing to being in the Concert Hall with us.”