Composer Conversation Series

Presented by the SPCO, MPR, American Composers Forum and Minnesota Opera


Delve deeper into the bright and multifaceted landscape of contemporary music! Intended for music lovers of all stripes, this season’s Composer Conversation Series allows audiences to engage directly with the most original, prominent and prestigious voices in composition. The winter/spring 2015 season will feature live interviews with distinctive creators Kevin Puts, Bryce Dessner (with special guests Caroline Shaw and Richard Reed Parry), Fred Lerdahl, and Missy Mazzoli. The events will take place at Amsterdam Bar & Hall in downtown Saint Paul and feature time devoted for audience Q&A and informal post-show receptions.

Hosted by Classical MPR’s Emily Reese and Fred Child, the 2013-14 season featured live interviews with distinctive creators John Luther Adams, Vivian Fung, John Harbison, Timo Andres and Gabriel Kahane, Shawn Jaeger, Dawn Upshaw, Sufjan Stevens and more.

Composer Conversation Series events are FREE but reservations are required. Follow the links below to reserve your tickets today!

Kevin Puts

Kevin Puts brings the raw emotional energy of his compositional style back to Minnesota Opera with the 2015 premiere of The Manchurian Candidate. The Minnesota …

Bryce Dessner with Caroline Shaw and Richard Reed Parry

Cross-genre musical powerhouse Bryce Dessner fuses his rock sensibilities with a ferociously ambitious approach to orchestral composition to create a riveting musical experience. 2014 marks …

Fred Lerdahl

A dedicated musician and academic, Fred Lerdahl has contributed enormously to the field of cognitive science of music as well as composition. As an award …

Missy Mazzoli

Dubbed “Brooklyn’s post-millennial Mozart,” by Time Out New York, Missy Mazzoli is a new music catalyst, creating, driving and fueling a new contemporary classical movement. …