About This Program

Drama abounds in this program of music with theatrical ambitions. SPCO musicians shine as soloists in ebullient and evocative Baroque concertos from prolific opera composer Domenico Cimarosa and the beloved Antonio Vivaldi. Haydn’s Symphony No. 59, likely nicknamed Fire after its use as accompaniment to German playwright Gustav Friedrich Wilhelm Großmann’s play The Great Fire, closes out the program. In addition to these works, this program will feature young musicians fro the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonie's Harmony program.


Frère Jacques
Harmony String Students

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 - Ode to Joy
Harmony String Students

Antonio Vivaldi
Violin Concerto in E Minor, Il favorito
Ruggero Allifranchini, violin

Domenico Cimarosa
Concerto in G for Two Flutes and Orchestra
Julia Bogorad-Kogan, flute Alicia McQuerrey, flute

Arvo Pärt
Fratres for Strings (adapted from the String Quartet version by Daria Adams)
Performed with Harmony String Students

Franz Joseph Haydn
Selections from Symphony No. 59 in A Major, Fire

About the Harmony Students

In 2011, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) formed a unique strategic partnership. Our organizations share resources, ideas and creativity to produce an array of audience development initiatives and artistic opportunities for the benefit of GTCYS’ 1,000 young musicians and the broader community. We are grateful to have been welcomed to Saint Paul’s West Side where each of our organizations is working to create music opportunities and build relationships to serve this amazing neighborhood.

In October 2016, GTCYS launched an El Sistema-inspired afterschool music program in partnership with Riverview Elementary School, also on the West Side. After starting the program teaching 18 third graders to play the violin, the program has doubled this year to serve 40 third and fourth graders.

As a part of this SPCO concert, the 4th grade Harmony musicians (led by Barbara Flooding) will showcase their new violin skills by performing two pieces. In addition, these students will perform alongside the SPCO on Arvo Pärt’s Fratres, which features sustained open D and G strings for the duration of the piece.

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This concert is approximately one hour long and will be performed without intermission. Everyone age 6 and older is welcome. If you have children under age six, please check out our Target Free Family Music programming.


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