Special Concerts

Join the SPCO at one of our special concerts during the 2017.18 season featuring performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Handel’s Messiah and an Arts Partnership Copresentation featuring Sphinx Virtuosi.

Sphinx Virtuosi: Concerti per Venti

The Sphinx Virtuosi is comprised of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical string soloists who are all alumni of the prestigious Sphinx Competition for young American string players. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Sphinx Organization, this self-conducted ensemble will perform an exciting program of concerti through the ages including Beethoven’s timeless Grosse Fuge, Vaughan Williams’ Concerto grosso, and works by Jimmy Lopez and Michael Abels.

Sunday | Oct 22 | 3:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul

Copresented by the Arts Partnership (The Ordway, Minnesota Opera, The Schubert Club and the SPCO)

Please note: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra does not perform on this program.

Bach’s  Brandenburg  Concertos

Continuing our annual holiday tradition, the SPCO presents Bach’s most treasured set of orchestral works, the Brandenburg Concertos. The profound inventiveness and instrumental virtuosity of these enduring Baroque masterpieces will be on full display as led by our own SPCO musicians and soloists.

Thursday | Dec 7 | 7:30pm
Temple Israel, Minneapolis
Friday | Dec 8 | 8:00pm
Saturday | Dec 9 | 8:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul
Sunday | Dec 10 | 2:00pm

Benson Great Hall, Arden Hills

Handel’s Messiah

Celebrate the holidays with one of classical music’s most beloved traditions and join the SPCO for our extremely popular annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. SPCO Artistic Partner Jonathan Cohen and the SPCO will be joined by an all-star roster of vocal soloists, and renowned vocal ensemble The Singers will make their SPCO debut in what is sure to be a wonderful musical experience for the whole family this holiday season.

Copresented with The Basilica of Saint Mary

Thursday | Dec 14 | 7:30pm
Friday | Dec 15 | 8:00pm
Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis
Saturday | Dec 16 | 8:00pm
Sunday | Dec 17 | 2:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul

Please note: These concerts are not part of our regular subscription series and are not eligible for voucher redemption, season ticket exchanges or concert membership redemption and cannot be included as part of a Create-Your-Own Series.