The Fall Classical Music Season is filled with sound sculptures brought to life by Twin Cities musicians, world premiere works by guest and local composers, galactic immersive orchestral music and revisited classics. 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 bumper season in the Twin Cities area.
Find out more things to do in our fall arts guide.
Mozart’s Concertante Sinfonia for Winds
The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra tries something a little different with its Sandbox Composer Residency program, where three composers participate with the SPCO in intensive multi-week residencies that encourage experimentation between the composer and the musicians of the orchestra. . Viet Cuong, one of the inaugural composers for the 2022-23 season, is releasing an extended version of a piece he wrote for the 2020-21 digital season, titled “Doubling Back”. It will be performed with Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante for Winds and Haydn’s Symphony No. 78. Viet Cuong will create another new work during the Thanksgiving weekend. 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, September 16, 8 p.m. Saturday, September 17, Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St., St. Paul, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 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 – with Michelle Kinney, cello; STRONGmovement dance company; Alexei Casselle, spoken word
Sound and installation artist Ryan Edwards, co-founder and director of Boston-based Masari Studios, was inspired by Legos to create the interactive musical instrument heading towards 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 and mobile 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 hours of free tours on Saturday, September 24 starting at 10 a.m. 651-292-3268, schubert.org.
Vivaldi’s Four Nations Reconstructed by Matthias Maute, American premiere
Matthia Maute — composer, flautist, conductor and artistic director of the Bach Society of Minnesota — has taken up a set of concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, three of which are lost, and reconstructed the lost elements. Crossing the globe, the newly imagined works breathe new life into Vivaldi’s impulse. 7 p.m. Friday, October 7, Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 2830 18th Ave NW, Rochester, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8, Sundin Music Hall, 1531 Hewitt Ave, St. Paul. Donations accepted. Bachsocietymn.org.
Local author Kate DiCamillo’s beloved book about the turbulent life of a porcelain rabbit is transformed into a musical journey by Minnesota Opera. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 8, Thursday, October 13 and Saturday, October 15, 2 p.m. Sunday, October 16, The Ordway Music Theatre, 345 Washington St., St. Paul. $25-228, 612-333-6669, www.mnopera.org.
Spektral Quartet: Enigma: A 360° Experience
At the Bell Museum Planetarium, admire an immersive soundscape created by Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottír and a video creation by Sigurdur Gudjónsson. The Chicago-based Spektral Quartet perform for this performance under the stars, with additional works including Claude Debussy, Eliza Brown and Tomás Luis de Victoria. Presented by the Bell Museum, the Schubert Club Mix and the Walker Art Center. 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 5, Bell Museum, 2088 av. Surveyor O., St. Paul., $33.50., 612-375-7600, walkerart.org.
Montserrat Boys Choir
Vocalessence welcomes the famous Montserrat Boy Choir, whose history dates back 800 years, to its premiere in the Midwest. Based at the Benedictine Abbey of Santa Maria de Montserrat, on a mountaintop near Barcelona, the choir is one of the finest boys’ choirs in Europe and known for its musical excellence, with a repertoire ranging from Gregorian chants to contemporary pieces. 7:30 p.m. Friday, November 11, St. Mary’s Basilica, 1600 Hennepin Ave, Mpls., $25-45, 612-333-1381, marie.org.
Søndergård conducts “The Rite of Spring”
The Minnesota Orchestra’s new artistic director, Thomas Søndergård, comes into full force when he conducts Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring”. The conductor, who underlined his interest in collaborating and listening with the members of the orchestra, will also conduct Lili Boulanger’s last music before her death at the age of 24, “D’un matin de Printemps”, as well as the Ravel’s “Mother Goose” ballet. 11 a.m. Thursday, October 20, 8 p.m. Friday, October 21 and Saturday, October 22, $40-114, Orchestra Hall, 111 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-371-5600, mnorch.org.