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June 29, 2020IM -
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra has announced its 2020-2021 season, which will exclusively feature its own musicians as soloists. In total, 15 St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) musicians are planned to solo with the orchestra.
SPCO has eliminated guest artists for the upcoming season due to the loss of revenue caused by the pandemic. SPCO has also furloughed its artistic partners—all soloists of international stature—for the upcoming season. The artistic partners are expected to return in 2021-2022.
The season is planned to open in September with in-person concerts, with repertoire ranging from chamber music to full orchestral works. The orchestra’s 101 performances will include the premieres of six new works.
SPCO announced that more musicians were involved in crafting the season’s programming than ever before. SPCO musicians are members of Local 30-73 (Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN).