Stanisław Skrowaczewski & Lydia Artymiw

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra Works by Wagner, Mozart, and Brahms As the Minnesota Orchestra lockout continues through a second year with no end in sight, the orchestra’s musicians have dedicated themselves to presenting a regular series of monthly concerts, expanding upon last season’s more sporadic offerings. After October’s emotional farewell concerts featuring conductor Osmo … Continue reading Stanisław Skrowaczewski & Lydia Artymiw

Ensemble Dal Niente

Liquid Music Series The Music Room at SPCO Center Tuesday’s performance by Chicago’s Ensemble Dal Niente, part of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra’s Liquid Music series, brought together six works that, in various ways, challenged the relationships between live concert music, recorded and broadcast sounds, and visual elements. Centered in the premiere of Minneapolis composer … Continue reading Ensemble Dal Niente

Erin Keefe & Anna Polonsky

Music in the Park Series St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ At Sunday’s concert in the Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series, Twin Cities classical music fans had an opportunity to hear from a familiar performer who has unfortunately been all too unfamiliar recently: violinist Erin Keefe, concertmaster of the locked-out Minnesota Orchestra, … Continue reading Erin Keefe & Anna Polonsky

Zacharias & The SPCO

Stravinsky, Mozart, Ives, and Schubert When a concert program juxtaposes music from the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, there is always a risk that the result will prove to be a less-than-coherent experience for the audience. But there was no danger of that in this weekend’s concerts by the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, led by … Continue reading Zacharias & The SPCO

Vänskä Says Goodbye

Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra With Emanuel Ax This weekend’s concerts by the Musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra under the baton of Osmo Vänskä represented both the first time the musicians have played with their now-former music director since February and, potentially, the last time they will have the opportunity to work with him. The … Continue reading Vänskä Says Goodbye

Jonathan Biss at the Ordway

Brahms, Janáček, Beethoven, and Schumann Presented by The Schubert Club Nobody could accuse pianist Jonathan Biss of lacking an individual style. At his Schubert Club recital on Wednesday, Biss’s brought some very consistent personal characteristics — including a decidedly romantic temperament, an extremely gentle touch at the keyboard, and the prominent but never mannered-sounding use … Continue reading Jonathan Biss at the Ordway

Pacifica Quartet & Anthony McGill

Music in the Park Series Works by Mozart, Shostakovich, and Brahms Between 2008 and 2011, the Pacifica Quartet made a lasting impression on Twin Cities audiences with their performances of the complete Beethoven string quartet cycle over the course of six concerts sponsored by Saint Paul’s Music in the Park Series. On Sunday, the group … Continue reading Pacifica Quartet & Anthony McGill