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345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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October 2017

The Sphinx Virtuosi

Arts Partnership Copresentation
Sunday, October 22, 3:00 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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The Sphinx Virtuosi is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Composed of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, these alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences.

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December 2017

Eric Owens, bass-baritone & Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano

International Artist Series
Wednesday, December 6, 10:30 am
Thursday, December 7, 7:30 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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This concert will feature vocalists Eric Owens and Clara Osowski in a program featuring Schubert in the Ordway Concert Hall. Bass-baritone Eric Owens is loved for his rich, velvety voice and is a regular at major opera companies like the Metropolitan Opera and Lyric Opera Chicago. Clara Osowski, recent winner of the Richard Tauber Prize for the best interpretation of Schubert Lieder at London’s 2017 Wigmore Hall Song Competition, is a much-loved mezzo-soprano based in the Twin Cities. In addition to her recent success in London, she placed second at Thomas Quasthoff’s International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany in 2016. 

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February 2018

Avi Avital, mandolin & Sérgio and Odair Assad, guitar

International Artist Series
Tuesday, February 20, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, February 21, 10:30 am
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Avi Avital is an Israeli mandolinist, composer, and performer best known for his renditions of well-known Baroque and folk music, much of which was originally written for other instruments. Acknowledged by The New York Times for his "exquisitely sensitive playing" and “stunning agility,” Avi Avital is the first mandolin player to receive a GRAMMY nomination in the category “Best Instrumental Soloist.” After a wildly successful performance with Schubert Club Mix in 2015 (view the video highlights here), we are delighted to welcome him back to hear another side of his playing.

Sérgio and Odair Assad are Brazilian-born brothers who have taken the classical guitar world by storm. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the guitar/lutenist Monina Távora (1921-2011), a disciple of Andrés Segovia. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, and many others. The Assads last performed on our Music in the Park Series to a sold-out audience in May 2015. Hearing the musical talents of all three musicians together, all making their debuts on this series, will be a magical event.

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March 2018

Accordo with Silent Film: Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Accordo
Tuesday, March 13, 7:30 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Join us for an evening with Accordo (is a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra) combined with silent film with original compositions. This concert will feature: Cinderella (1922) film by Lotte Reiniger, music by Karim Al-Zand; and The General (1926) starring Buster Keaton, music by Stephen Prutsman.

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Jennifer Koh, violin & Shai Wosner, piano

International Artist Series
Tuesday, March 20, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, March 21, 10:30 am
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Born of Korean parents, American violinist, Jennifer Koh, began playing the violin by chance, choosing the instrument in a Suzuki-method program only because spaces for cello and piano had been filled. She made her debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at age 11 and went on to win the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow, the Concert Artists Guild Competition, and an Avery Fisher Career Grant all when she was only 18 years old. She is recognized for her intense, commanding performances, delivered with dazzling virtuosity and technical assurance.

For this recital, she will be joined by internationally recognized Israeli pianist Shai Wosner,  both making their debuts on this series. The New York Times declared that “Mr. Wosner’s singing tone and expressive musicality complemented Ms. Koh’s insightful, richly hued playing,” and The San Jose Mercury News raved of a recent concert that “Koh's impetuous, bright-toned phrasing was attractively set against Wosner's flowing, articulate pianism.”

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Musicians on the Rise (Competition Winners Recital)

Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition
Saturday, March 24, 2:00 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Audience members can look forward to seeing and hearing the best of the local rising musical stars in the categories of piano, strings, voice, guitar, brass and woodwinds. Many winners from the past have gone on to have very bright musical careers playing with major orchestras and renowned ensembles across the nation. This is a unique opportunity to “hear them first.” 

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April 2018

Steven Isserlis, cello & Richard Egarr, harpsichord

International Artist Series
Tuesday, April 24, 7:30 pm
Wednesday, April 25, 10:30 am
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Acclaimed worldwide for his profound musicianship and technical mastery, British cellist, Steven Isserlis enjoys a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, educator, author, and broadcaster. The recipient of many awards, Steven Isserlis is one of only two living cellists featured in Gramophone’s Hall of Fame. He takes a strong interest in presenting authentic performances using instruments and style that closely resemble music of the Baroque period. For this International Artist Series performance, he will be joined by the remarkable British harpsichordist Richard Egarr, in a recital featuring the viola da gamba sonatas of J.S. Bach as well as sonatas by Handel and Scarlatti.  Egarr will play a harpsichord from the Schubert Club’s keyboard collection.

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