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New on-demand performance collection celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As part of our efforts to advance diversity, equity and inclusion in our organization and our field, we are using our platform to celebrate the contributions that Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander composers, musicians and artists have made to The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and orchestral music as a whole during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the rest of the year. Within our efforts to actively include a diverse range of voices in all that we do, the SPCO is committed to the continued commissioning of artists that have been historically underrepresented on our stage and in the works that we play.

We invite you to explore this collection of pieces featuring music by composer Vivian Fung and performances by Kristin Lee, SPCO violinist Nina Tso-Ning Fan, Principal Clarinet Sang Yoon Kim and Principal Viola Maiya Papach.

This playlist is dedicated to the victims of the shootings in Atlanta and to all who have suffered amidst growing anti-Asian racism and hostility in our community and our country. We stand in solidarity with all of our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander colleagues and community members who are in distress and denounce this horrific wave of anti-Asian violence and discrimination.

Johann Sebastian Bach: Chaconne from Partita No. 2 for Solo Violin

Performed by violinist Eunae Koh in October 2020.

Ludwig van Beethoven: Romance No. 1 for Violin

Violin solo performed by Eunice Kim under the baton of conductor Thomas Zehetmair in September 2018.

Johannes Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115

Performed in October 2020 by Principal Clarient Sang Yoon Kim, cellist Richard Belcher, violist Hyobi Sim, and violinists Maureen Nelson and Nina Tso-Ning Fan.

Ralph Vaughan Williams: The Lark Ascending

Violin solo performed by Maureen Nelson in April 2018.

Vivian Fung: Violin Concerto

Performed by violinist Kirsten Lee with conductor Steven Schick in April 2014.

Robert Schumann: Fairy-Tale Pictures for Viola and Piano

Performed by violist Maiya Papach alongside pianist Jeremy Denk in October 2016.