Look for sound sculptures, world premieres and revived classics – Twin Cities


The fall season in classical music is filled with sound sculptures animated by Twin Cities musicians, world premiere works by visiting and local composers, galactic immersive orchestral music, and classics revisited. The Minnesota Orchestra welcomes its new director, the SPCO launches its new composer incubator program, and an 800-year-old Boys Choir visits the Midwest for the first time in a stellar season across the Twin Cities area.


Check out more things to do in our fall arts guide.


Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds

Viet Cuong
Viet Cuong (Phil Parsons)

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is trying something a little different with its Sandbox Composer Residency Program, where three composers participate with the SPCO on intensive multi-week residencies that nurture experimentation between the composer and the musicians of the orchestra. Viet Cuong, one of the inaugural composers for the 2022-23 season, debuts an expanded version of a piece he wrote for the digital 2020-21 season, called “Doubling Back.” It will be performed along with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds and Haydn’s Symphony No. 78. Viet Cuong will premiere another new work over Thanksgiving weekend. 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul,  7:30 p.m Tuesday, Sept. 20, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 12650 Johnny Cake Ridge Road, Apple Valley, $11-50, 651-291-1144, thespco.org.

Schubert Club Mix: Sound Sculpture by Masary Studios – featuring Michelle Kinney, cello; STRONGmovement Dance Company; Alexei Casselle, spoken word

Sound Sculpture
Sound Sculpture (Aram Boghosian)

Sound and installation artist Ryan Edwards, co-founder and principal of the Boston-based Masari studios, was inspired by Legos in creating the interactive music instrument heading to the Landmark Center. For a Schubert Club Mix program, composer and cellist Michelle Kinney, choreographer Darrius Strong, of STRONG Movement, and spoken word artist Alexei Moon Caselle, also known as Crescent Moon, collaborate on a piece that interacts with the illuminated, moveable sound sculpture. The piece is called “What is an Instrument?” 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, The Landmark Center, 75 W. Fifth St, St. Paul, $33. Additional free visiting hours on Saturday, Sept. 24, beginning at 10 a.m. 651-292-3268, schubert.org.

Group photo of Bach Society of Minnesota
The Bach Society of Minnesota (Courtesy of the Bach Society of Minnesota)

Vivaldi’s Four Nations Reconstructed by Matthias Maute, U.S. premiere

Matthia Maute — composer, flutist, conductor and artistic director of the Bach Society of Minnesota — has taken a set of concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, three of which are lost, and reconstructed the lost elements. Traversing across the world, the newly imagined works brings Vivaldi’s impulse to new life. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave N.W., Rochester, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave, St. Paul. Donations accepted. Bachsocietymn.org.

‘Edward Tulane’

Paola Prestini
Paola Prestini, composer of “Edward Tulane” for the Minnesota Opera (Axel Dupeux)

Local author Kate DiCamillo’s beloved book about the storied life of a china rabbit gets transformed into a musical journey by the Minnesota Opera. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, Thursday, Oct. 13, and Saturday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 16, The Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington St., St. Paul. $25-228, 612-333-6669, mnopera.org.

Spektral Quartet: Enigma: A 360° Experience

Spektral Quarte
Spektral Quartet (Daniel Kullman)

At the Bell Museum’s planetarium, take in an immersive soundscape created by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottír and a video creation by Sigurdur Gudjónsson. The Spektral Quartet, based in Chicago, performs for this performance under the stars, with additional works including Claude Debussy, Eliza Brown and Tomás Luis de Victoria. Presented by the Bell Museum, Schubert Club Mix and the Walker Art Center. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, and Saturday, Nov. 5., the Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., St. Paul., $33.50., 612-375-7600, walkerart.org.

Montserrat Boy Choir

Vocalessence hosts the renowned Montserrat Boy Choir, whose history goes back 800 years, in their Midwest premiere. Based at the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, on a mountaintop near Barcelona, the choir is one of the top boy choirs in Europe and known for its musical excellence, with repertoire ranging from Gregorian chants to contemporary pieces.  7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, The Basilica of St. Mary, 1600 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., $25-45, 612-333-1381, mary.org.

Søndergård Conducts ‘The Rite of Spring’

Thomas Sondergard
Thomas Søndergård (Zoe Prinds-Flash)

The Minnesota Orchestra’s incoming artistic director Thomas Søndergård enters with a bang when he conducts Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” The conductor, who has stressed his interest in collaboration and listening with the orchestra members, will also conduct Lili Boulanger’s last piece of music before she died at age 24, “Of a Spring Morning,” as well as Ravel’s “Mother Goose” ballet. 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21, and Saturday, Oct. 22, $40-114, Orchestra Hall, 111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-371-5600, mnorch.org.

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