The SPCO has provided the Twin Cities with innovative and inspiring world-class music for over 50 years.
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.
During FY12 more than 100,000 unique visitors experienced the SPCO's online Listening Library, a free offering featuring more than 250 pieces of music. With 17% of the visitors coming from outside the United States, it’s expanding the reputation of the SPCO around the world. The new app has even made the Listening Library instantly accessible on-the-go.
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.
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.
For more information, please visit www.thespco.org.