Special Concerts

Join the SPCO at one of our special concerts during the 2018.19 season featuring performances of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos, Handel’s Messiah and an Arts Partnership Copresentation featuring Sphinx Virtuosi.

Sphinx Virtuosi:  Music Without Borders

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

A chamber ensemble comprised of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical string soloists, the Sphinx Virtuosi returns to Saint Paul after acclaimed performances at the Ordway in 2016 and 2017. The orchestra will perform music by composers from communities searching for harmony and separated by time, distance, hardship and conflict. Included are works by Emmy-nominated Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, three-time Grammy-nominated Uruguayan-American composer Miguel del Aguila, multiple Grammy Award-winning American jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, and the Chamber Symphony of one of the towering figures of classical music, Dmitri Shostakovich.

Sunday | Oct 28 | 3:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul

Please note: The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra does not perform on this program. Tickets can be purchased at schubert.org or by calling Schubert Club at 651.292.3268.

Bach’s Saint John Passion

Artistic Partner and early music expert Jonathan Cohen leads the SPCO in one of Bach’s seminal works — his Saint John Passion. This oratorio was written for Good Friday in 1724, using the German translation of the Gospel of Saint John. Joined by a stellar cast of vocal soloists with chorales sung by The Singers, these performances in the Cathedral of Saint Paul and the acoustically exquisite Ordway Concert Hall are certain to be highlights of the 2018.19 season.

Friday | Nov 2 | 8:00pm
Cathedral of Saint Paul, Saint Paul
Saturday | Nov 3 | 8:00pm
Sunday | Nov 4 | 2:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul

Bach’s  Brandenburg  Concertos

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

Thursday | Dec 13 | 7:30pm
Temple Israel, Minneapolis
Saturday | Dec 15 | 8:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall, Saint Paul
Sunday | Dec 16 | 2:00pm

Benson Great Hall, Arden Hills


Handel’s Messiah

Copresented with The Basilica of Saint Mary

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. Jeannette Sorrell and the SPCO will be joined by an all-star roster of vocal soloists, and renowned vocal ensemble The Singers – Minnesota Choral Artists in what is sure to be a wonderful musical experience for the whole family this holiday season.

Thursday | Dec 20 | 7:30pm
Friday | Dec 21 | 8:00pm
Basilica of Saint Mary, Minneapolis
Saturday | Dec 22 | 8:00pm
Sunday | Dec 23 | 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.