Birge's Picks

First nighting at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra performs Handel's 'Messiah' in 2016.SPCO

September 05, 2022

As the song says: Autumn in New York/ Why does it seem so inviting?/ Autumn in New York/ It spells the thrill of first-nighting.

St. Paul may not have the “canyons of steel” evoked in that Vernon Duke classic, but if you’re looking for the thrill of first-nighting, you’ll find it on the first night of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra’s new season. This Friday through Sunday, the orchestra kicks off its 64th season with Stravinsky’s delightful neoclassical Pulcinella Suite, Beethoven’s rocket-to-the-moon Seventh Symphony and the gorgeous elegy from Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson’s 1955 Sinfonietta No. 1. The Beethoven symphony acts as a homecoming gesture, because it was the last symphony the SPCO performed before the lockdown. Old friends Joshua Bell and Jonathan Biss will join the SPCO later this fall to make a truly remarkable season.


Autumn in Minnesota also includes appearances by Wynton Marsalis, Imani Winds, Angela Hewitt, Anne-Sophie von Otter, Marin Alsop and Kristin Chenoweth. Watch this space!