The SPCO

SPCO Spotlight returns for another great season, Fridays at 9 a.m.

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performs in the inaugural concert at the Ordway's new Concert Hall on March 5, 2015.MPR photo/Nate Ryan

September 16, 2020

Every Friday in the 9 a.m. hour with host John Birge, we present our SPCO Spotlight, showcasing performances by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra at various venues as recorded by Classical MPR.

We also carry occasional live broadcasts of the SPCO, with expertly presented audio from Classical MPR, at 8 p.m. Saturday (as scheduled).

Here are the amazing performances you'll hear in this season's SPCO Spotlight:

Oct. 2, 2020

Haydn: Oboe Concerto in C
Led by Francois Leleux
Francois Leleux, oboe soloist

(rec. Nov. 22, 2019, Ordway Concert Hall)


Oct. 9, 2020

Franz Schubert: Symphony No. 2
Led by Jeremy Denk

(rec. Sept. 15, 2019, Ordway Concert Hall)


Oct. 16, 2020

Ferenc Farkas: Serenade for Wind Quintet
Led by SPCO musicians
Soloists: Alicia McQuerrey, flute; Barbara Bishop, oboe; Rena Kraut, clarinet; Carole Mason Smith, bassoon; James Ferree, horn

(rec. Jan. 18, 2020, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, St. Paul)


Oct. 23, 2020

Franz Joseph Haydn: Cello Concerto in C
Led by SPCO musicians
Soloist: Julie Albers, cello

(rec. Dec. 7, 2019, Ordway Concert Hall)


Oct. 30, 2020

John Corigliano: Voyage for Flute and Strings
Led by Chia-Hsuan Lin
Soloist: Alicia McQuerrey, flute

(rec. Dec. 1, 2019, Ordway Concert Hall)


Nov. 6, 2020

Franz Schubert: Overture in the Italian Style
Led by Francois Leleux

(rec. Nov. 22, 2019, Ordway Concert Hall)


Nov. 13, 2020

JS Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
Led by SPCO musicians
Soloists: Lynn Erickson, trumpet; Alicia McQuerrey, flute; Cassie Pilgrim, oboe; Eunice Kim, violin

(rec. Dec. 14, 2019, Ordway Concert Hall)


Nov. 20, 2020

Anatol Liadov: Eight Russian Folk Songs for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, and Bassoon, Op 58
Led by SPCO musicians
Soloists: Alicia McQuerrey, flute; Barbara Bishop, oboe; Rena Kraut, clarinet; Carole Mason Smith, bassoon; James Ferree, horn

(rec. Jan. 18, 2020, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Saint Paul)


Nov. 27, 2020

Stephen Prutsman: Color Preludes for String Orchestra
Led by Chia-Hsuan Lin, conductor

(rec. Dec. 1, 2019, Ordway Concert Hall)


Dec. 4, 2020

Georg Muffat: Sonata No. 5 from Armonico tributo
Led by Richard Egarr, conductor

(rec. Feb. 1, 2020, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Saint Paul)


Dec. 11, 2020

Bela Bartok: Romanian Folk Dances
Led by SPCO musicians

(rec. Feb. 15, 2020, Ordway Concert Hall)


Dec. 18, 2020

Antonio Vivaldi: Four Seasons: Winter
Led by Richard Egarr, conductor
Soloist: Steven Copes, violin

(rec. Feb. 1, 2020, St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Saint Paul)


Jan. 1, 2021

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Symphony No. 29
Led by SPCO musicians

(rec. Feb. 15, 2020, Ordway Concert Hall)


Jan. 8, 2021

Dobrinka Tabakova: Such Different Paths
Led by SPCO musicians
Soloists: Kyu-Young Kim, violin; Eunice Kim, violin; Hyobi Sim, viola; Deanna Badizadegan, viola; Richard Belcher, cello; Sarah Lewis, cello; Zachary Cohen, double bass

(rec. Feb. 28, 2020, Ordway Concert Hall)


Jan. 15, 2021

Georges Enesco: Octet
Led by SPCO musicians

(rec. Feb. 15, 2020, Ordway Concert Hall)


Jan. 22, 2021

Antonio Vivaldi: Concerto for Violin and Three Violins in Echo, RV 552
Led by SPCO musicians
Soloists: Nina Tso-Ning Fan, violin; Maureen Nelson, violin; Daria T. Adams, violin; Rolf Haas, violin

(rec. Feb. 28, 2020, Ordway Concert Hall)


Jan. 29, 2021

Franz Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 80
Led by SPCO musicians

(rec. Feb. 28, 2020, Ordway Concert Hall)