Music at Wayzata Concerts
ST. PAUL CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra returns for another wonderful season at Wayzata Community Church. Visit www.thespco.org or call 651-291-1144 to order tickets.
James Ferree Plays Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto
Friday, April 17, 8:00 p.m.
SPCO Principal Horn James Ferree takes the solo for Mozart’s Fourth Horn Concerto, a part written with the virtuoso Joseph Leutgeb in mind and with four different color inks in what is thought to be a “color code.” Beethoven’s Septet will close the concert, a one of his most popular works while he was alive, and TJ Cole’s heartfelt Death of a Poet will open the concert.
Brahms and Beethoven Sextets
Friday, May 29, 8:00 p.m.
The SPCO Musicians lead a program featuring three sextets of different instrumental formations. The Beethoven Sextet for Two Horns and String Quartet is a hidden gem of the chamber music repertoire, and an excellent opportunity to get to know the talented SPCO horn players James Ferree and Matthew Wilson. A world premiere by Minnesota native Sky Macklay follows the Beethoven before Brahms’ stunning first String Sextet caps this program.
WAYZATA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Sunday, March 1, 3:00 p.m.
Most people don’t think of the bassoon as a solo instrument. Chuck Ullery, former principal bassoonist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, is considered one of the finest bassoonists in this country. In addition to performing, Ullery will deliver his informative, and at times hilarious, preamble, “Bassoon 101.” Free, no ticket required. Please join us for a reception following the concert to meet the musicians.
Mahler – Musician’s Choice
Sunday, April 26, 3:00 p.m.
Why an entire concert of Mahler? For the listeners, Mahler is like looking into a mirror, asking questions about our lives and trying to find answers. Mahler’s music encompasses the vast spectrum of human emotion. Mahler’s music covers the whole range of what an instrument can do individually and in an ensemble. Performing Mahler’s first symphony was on the bucket lists of many WSO musicians, so this will take us all on a journey of “Titan” proportions! Guest Artist: Gerard Sundberg, baritone. Free, no ticket required. Please join us for a reception following the concert to meet the musicians.
There Lies the Home
Sunday, March 29, 3:00 p.m.
Few journeys on our planet are more dangerous than journeys across the oceans. There Lies the Home celebrates the courage and fortitude of early explorers who risked their lives on the tumultuous great blue unknown to make the world a little more connected. With riveting sea shanties such as Lowlands and Shenandoah, as well as the bombastic typhoon of Veljo Tormis’s Muistse Mere Laulud, There Lies the Home finally arrives back ashore with Edie Hill’s beautiful, haunting A True Heart is Waiting. Tickets: www.cantussings.org.
CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF MINNEAPOLIS
Sunday, May 10, 3:00 p.m.
Our 68th season will conclude with a concert featuring a student performer from the MacPhail Center for Music, a double concerto performance from members of the orchestra and the ravishing Daphnis and Chloe by Ravel. No tickets required.