Music in the Park Series

Each season, Music in the Park Series presents chamber music concerts at the acoustically and architecturally superb Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, “home” to the series since 1979. This intimate setting (capacity 350) makes possible a connection between performers and audiences that cannot be duplicated in larger halls. It is the series’ special quality that draws composers, performers, and audience members alike to the St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ. The intimate setting and post-concert gatherings foster a rare bond among composers, performers and listeners of all ages.

Borromeo String Quartet with Kim Kashkashian, viola

Sunday, September 27, 2015

The visionary performances of the Borromeo String Quartet have established them as one of the most important string quartets of our time.   For their Music in the Park Series concert they will be joined by violist Kim Kashkashian, winner of the 2012 “Best Classical Instrumental Solo” Grammy for her ECM disc of Kurtág and Ligeti. Detroit-born Kim Kashkashian has been called the pre-eminent viola player of our time, celebrated as a soloist as well as in chamber music on an instrument not typically associated with stardom.

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Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Making a welcome return to Music in the Park Series is Trio con Brio Copenhagen, hailed for their “unique sound and unity of interpretation.” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Founded in 1999 in Vienna by violinist Soo-Jin Hong, her sister, cellist Soo-Kyung Hong and pianist Jens Elvekjaer, these musicians have acquired a worldwide reputation for the freshness of their approach to the core repertoire. “Works by Beethoven, Schubert and Brahms are transformed in their hands into the alive-and-kicking music of today”, wrote one Danish critic. Their Mendelssohn CD was chosen by Classic FM in the UK as its Chamber Disc of 2011: “Every phrase soars and pulsates with the excitement of a fresh discovery as the Copenhagen players go the full distance with playing of skin-rippling sensitivity…sensational playing.”

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WindSync

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Invited back after their stunning debut on Music in the Park Series in the 2013-14 season, this young, energetic wind quintet returns with a program that features music inspired by Shakespeare, including their own arrangement of Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.”  Playing exclusively from memory, WindSync engages audiences of all ages with creative and interactive concerts that incorporate elements of theater.   The ensemble–hailed by the Houston Chronicle as “revolutionary chamber musicians”–is recognized internationally for dramatic and adventurous programming in venues ranging from concert halls to museums, universities and schools.

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Julie Albers, cello & Orion Weiss, piano

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Julie Albers, the new principal cellist of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, is recognized for her superlative artistry and charismatic performing style. The Grand Prize winner at the XIII International Competition for Young Musicians in Douai, France, Ms. Albers toured France as soloist with Orchestre Symphonique de Douai. Her Twin Cities debut recital on Music in the Park Series with pianist Orion Weiss will feature works by Janáček, Poulenc, Beethoven and Grieg. One of the most sought-after young American pianists, Orion Weiss has performed with the Chicago and Boston Symphonies, and the New York Philharmonic. Julie Albers’ debut album with Orion Weiss includes works by Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Massenet, and Piatagorsky.

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Ebène String Quartet

Sunday, March 13, 2016

From “promising young ensemble”, the French string quartet, Ebène String Quartet, has grown to become one of today’s foremost quartets on the international chamber music scene. Making their Minnesota debut on Music in the Park Series, the Ebène will perform quartets by Haydn, Debussy, and their own arrangements of works by the likes of Miles Davis, Astor Piazzolla and The Beatles. “A string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band,” declared The New York Times. With their charismatic playing, their fresh approach to tradition and their open engagement with new forms, these French musicians have been successful in reaching a wide audience of young listeners.

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quartet-lab

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Four musicians with international solo careers, including the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s newest Artistic Partner Patricia Kopatchinskaja, formed a string quartet in 2013 with a mutual desire to experience and experiment with the string quartet repertoire. The quartet’s debut tour at major European venues including performances at London’s Wigmore Hall and the Konzerthaus Berlin received 5-star reviews. Tom Service of The Guardian wrote “it had me on the edge of my seat, bewildered, baffled, but uplifted – a real quartet-lab alchemy of emotions.” Their Music in the Park Series concert will feature works by Kurtág , Bartók and Beethoven.

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All concerts begin at 4pm at Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ.

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