The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, now in its 54th season, is widely regarded as one of the finest chamber orchestras in the world. In collaboration with five artistic partners – Roberto Abbado, Edo de Waart, Dawn Upshaw, Christian Zacharias and Thomas Zehetmair – the 34 virtuoso musicians present more than 130 concerts and educational programs each year, and are regularly heard on public radio’s Performance Today which reaches 1.3 million listeners each week on 256 stations, and SymphonyCast reaching 335,000 listeners each week on 126 stations nationwide. The SPCO has released 67 recordings, commissioned 131 new works, and performed the world premiere of 49 additional compositions. The SPCO has earned the distinction of 16 ASCAP awards for adventurous programming. Renowned for its artistic excellence and remarkable versatility of musical styles, the SPCO tours nationally and internationally, including performances in premier venues in Europe, Asia and South America.
The SPCO is nationally recognized for its commitment to broad community accessibility and innovative audience outreach. Regular subscription series are performed in ten different venues across the Twin Cities metropolitan area each season, a unique commitment to geographic accessibility for a major orchestra. The SPCO also offers the most affordable tickets of any major orchestra in the United States, with tickets for only $10, $25 or $40, with over 80% of tickets available for $25 or less. The orchestra also recently launched an innovative new ticket membership model in which members pay $5 a month to attend unlimited concerts. Visit thespco.org/musicforeveryone to learn more about the SPCO’s commitment to accessibility.
Attend our "Fanfare" concert preview prior to all Friday morning and Friday and Saturday evening shows for informal discussions with the musicians and guest artists on the program. The SPCO offers complete group tour services, priority ticketing, free promotional literature, and assistance in planning meals as well as activities before or after the concert.
Launched in 1995, the SPCO’s award-winning CONNECT education program reaches nearly 6,000 students and teachers annually in 16 Minneapolis and St. Paul public schools.
We serve and enrich our community by providing world-class chamber orchestra and chamber music to the broadest possible audience, while vigorously advocating for our art form.