Liquid Music Series: Patricia Kopatchinskaja
Oct
26
7:00pm 7:00pm

Liquid Music Series: Patricia Kopatchinskaja

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Patricia Kopatchinskaja, “one of classical music’s great risk takers” (Bachtrack), brings the music of 20th century composer, Marxist and staunch anti-fascist Luigi Nono to life in the Walker Art Center galleries. The fiery Moldovan violinist performs Nono’s La Lontananza Nostalgica Utopica Futura, a late work for violin and electronics inspired by an inscription found on a monastery in Toledo, Spain: “Caminante, no hay caminos hay que caminar” (“Wanderer, there is no way, there is only walking”). Known for “alarmingly innovative” (LA Times) musical interpretation that “excites and puzzles” (New York Times), Kopatchinskaja brings contemporary perspective to Nono’s mid-century cry for meaningful political change.

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Liquid Music Series: Emily Wells
Nov
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Liquid Music Series: Emily Wells

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents “quietly transfixing” violinist, singer, producer and composer Emily Wells, known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation, deft approach to live sampling, and “dramatic, meticulous and gothic songs” (New York Times) that blend “traditionalism with electronic ambiance” (NPR). Speaking to our cultural moment, The World Is Too ____ For You includes new work inspired by hymns, imagined eulogies for loved ones and arrangements of Wells’ musicby Michi Wiancko. The performance also reveals new video work designed by Wells, drawing heavily from contemporary dance.

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Liquid Music Series: Anna Meredith
Feb
7
7:30pm 7:30pm

Liquid Music Series: Anna Meredith

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents visionary maximalist composer Anna Meredith, making her Twin Cities debut with an evening of her “striking and smart” (The Guardian) electro-acoustic music performed by her band featuring clarinet, cello, electric guitar, tuba, drums and electronics, a live show National Public Radio called “incredible.” Meredith’s debut album Varmints (2016) mixes contemporary classical, art pop, electronica and experimental rock into compositional experiments like few before her. Prepare to be delightfully overwhelmed.

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William Brittelle's "Spiritual America"
Feb
16
8:00pm 8:00pm

William Brittelle's "Spiritual America"

Spiritual America is a series of electro-acoustic orchestral art songs exploring issues of secular spirituality in American culture through the personal lens of love, loss, youth, and longing. Created in collaboration with the indie rock duo Wye Oak, the full cycle of all seven songs receives its world premiere at Symphony Space on a program that also includes original music by Wye Oak, arranged for the duo and chamber ensemble by William BrittelleMetropolis Ensemble joins Wye Oak for this performance.

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The Colorado
Mar
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Colorado

The D.C. premiere of The Colorado, a groundbreaking music-driven eco-documentary from filmmaker Murat Eyuboglu features the score performed live by Roomful of Teeth, Glenn Kotche, and Jeffrey Zeigler, with narration by Academy Award winner Sir Mark Rylance.

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Liquid Music Series: Nathalie Joachim
Mar
14
7:30pm 7:30pm

Liquid Music Series: Nathalie Joachim

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents flutist and composer Nathalie Joachim (Eighth Blackbird, Flutronix), “an edgy multi-genre performance artist who has long been pushing boundaries with her flute” (The Washington Post). Joachim brings her infectious passion for music and living tradition to Saint Paul in the culmination of her 2016.17 Liquid Music Virtual Residency. Fanm d’Ayiti (Women of Haiti) explores Haitian song and the role of women’s voices in Haitian music culture. Joachim’s new arrangements and compositions for flute, string quartet, vocals and electronics, examine some of the most prominent female voices in Haitian music, tracking international influences and telling stories of political exile, cultural affirmation and independence.

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Liquid Music Series: Brian Hannerty
Mar
20
7:30pm 7:30pm

Liquid Music Series: Brian Hannerty

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Brian Harnetty’s Shawnee, Ohio, a work which critically engages ecology, energy, place and personal history. Known for his ability to “bring gem recordings up out of the basement and into the light” (New Music Box), Harnetty derives his compositional material from the sounds of production and Appalachian town life, reflecting the experience of a town fighting to survive after a century of economic decline and environmental degradation. The town’s downturn and partial restoration act as an ethos of the struggles and hopes of the larger region, now immersed in a controversial fracking boom. Shawnee, Ohio considers these histories, evokes place through sound, and listens to the present alongside traces of the past.

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Liquid Music Series: TU Dance and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)
Apr
19
to Apr 21

Liquid Music Series: TU Dance and Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents “electrifying” (City Pages) contemporary dance troupe TU Dance, known for navigating complex themes of social change “with variety and innovation” (Star Tribune) and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, whose “rustic chamber pop with an experimental edge” (Pitchfork) and “hyper-modern balladeering” (The Guardian) has garnered Grammy Awards and significant international acclaim, come together in an unprecedented collaboration of local powerhouses. Taking place in the breathtaking and newly restored Palace Theatre, this evening-length commission features new music from Vernon as well as new choreography from TU Dance’s “incredible polyrhythmic genius” (Star Tribune) Uri Sands.

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Liquid Music Series: Grand Band
May
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Liquid Music Series: Grand Band

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Grand Band, a “supergroup” (New York Times) of New York City-based pianists who have joined forces to create a powerful piano sextet. The unconventional ensemble commissions new works and arrangements for their unique instrumentation and brings a wholly distinct sonic experience to audiences. Each one an accomplished performer in their own right, the combination of their musical prowess results in mesmerizing performances that have been described as “a miracle of ensemble coordination and sonic delight” (Kalamazoo Gazette). Grand Band’s Twin Cities debut includes the world premiere of Degenerate Psalms by the “consistently inventive and surprising” (New York Times), “thoroughly original” (Wall Street Journal) composer Missy Mazzoli.

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Liquid Music Series: Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole
May
31
to Jun 1

Liquid Music Series: Vijay Iyer & Teju Cole

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Vijay Iyer, “one of his generation’s brightest jazz luminaries" (Time Out New York), WITH Teju Cole, “one of the most vibrant voices in contemporary writing” (Los Angeles Times) in a powerful new collaboration. Blind Spot combines Cole’s photography and spoken prose with Iyer’s “provocative and accessible, intellectually substantive and sensuously attractive” (Chicago Tribune) music in an investigation of humanity’s voluntary blindness to tragedy and injustice throughout history. The program opens with new work by Iyer for piano quintet with musicians from the SPCO.

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Liquid Music Series: Rafiq Bhatia
Oct
21
8:00pm 8:00pm

Liquid Music Series: Rafiq Bhatia

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's Liquid Music Series presents Breaking English, a visceral new work from the “intrepid, arresting and stylish" (New York Times) composer/guitarist/electronic music artist Rafiq Bhatia, exploits divisions between organic and mechanical, intimate and removed, new and known. “At times I use electronic processing to destabilize, twisting stereotypes of Indian music into noise beyond recognition,” says Bhatia. “But elsewhere, I use it to magnify otherwise indecipherable traces of human action; the smallest of breaths or movements that would ordinarily be scrubbed clean.” In its world premiere, Bhatia’s compositions and improvisations are transformed into an immersive multimedia experience by Minneapolis-based visual artist Michael Cina and video artist Hal Lovemelt. Son Lux bandmate Ian Chang (percussion) will open the evening with Spiritual Leader, an exacting and propulsive set of works for electronic percussion.

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Steven Mackey and Jason Treuting's "Orpheus Unsung" Release Show
Oct
11
8:00pm 8:00pm

Steven Mackey and Jason Treuting's "Orpheus Unsung" Release Show

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Join composer-guitarist Steven Mackey and composer-percussionist Jason Treuting to celebrate the release of their first collaborative album, Orpheus Unsung, on New Amsterdam Records.

The "smart and dazzling" (Village Voice) quartet So Percussion (of which Treuting is a member) will take part in the festivities as well, performing in sections of Orpheus Unsung, as well as doing their own set of music selected from their illustrious repertoire.

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A Marvelous Order
Jun
18
8:00pm 8:00pm

A Marvelous Order

A 25-minute excerpt of A Marvelous Order will be presented live in concert, in a site-specific adaptation, as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's annual boundary-pushing arts festival. Five vocalists and NOW Ensemble, the opera's "house orchestra", will perform the excerpt in the new Fulton Center transit hub on Broadway and Fulton. The role of Robert Moses will be sung by Dashon Burton, from the GRAMMY-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Additionally, the video advertising screens throughout the space will be "taken over" by animation that appears in the staged version of the opera.

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A Marvelous Order
Jun
17
8:00pm 8:00pm

A Marvelous Order

A 25-minute excerpt of A Marvelous Order will be presented live in concert, in a site-specific adaptation, as part of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's annual boundary-pushing arts festival. Five vocalists and NOW Ensemble, the opera's "house orchestra", will perform the excerpt in the new Fulton Center transit hub on Broadway and Fulton. The role of Robert Moses will be sung by Dashon Burton, from the GRAMMY-winning ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Additionally, the video advertising screens throughout the space will be "taken over" by animation that appears in the staged version of the opera.

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