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SPARK! Musical Insights: Volume 2

A video musical performance with insights from a member of the SPCO intended to spark curiosity and conversation.

Volume 2: Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony with Cassie Pilgrim

“More the expression of feeling than painting.”

Music has the power to transform our moods. For conductor Gábor Takács-Nagy, it can act as a type of spiritual medicine. Join SPCO Principal Oboe Cassie Pilgrim as she uncovers how Ludwig van Beethoven and Gábor Takács-Nagy explore emotion and the natural world in their work.

Your viewing experience is made complete with an introduction from Cassie Pilgrim, a special interview between Gábor Takács-Nagy and SPCO Principal Horn James Ferree, and the full performance of Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6, also known as the Pastoral Symphony.

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Watch the video in The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s free Concert Library.

Meet our musicians

Learn more about host and Principal Oboe, Cassie Pilgrim
Learn more about guest conductor, Gábor Takács-Nagy

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