Seattle Chamber Music Society
Patron Visit to Minneapolis
April 25 - 29, 2019
Join SCMS Executive Director Connie Cooper on a spring visit to the city of Minneapolis, the largest business and cultural center between Seattle and Chicago, located on the Mississippi and twinned with Saint Paul.
The city is noted for its very strong music and arts and is home of the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera and Guthrie Theater, among other performing arts organizations. The Walker Art Center, The Minneapolis Institute of Art and The Weisman Art Museum form the backbone of a vibrant visual arts scene and we will be including visits to some of these during the days we are there.
We have selected the Kimpton Grand Hotel, located downtown at 615 Second Avenue South, for its location,
warm mid-western hospitality and elegant sophistication.
The musical program includes two Minnesota Orchestra performances, the first led by Music Director Maestro
Osmo Vänskä, with works by Beethoven, Gordon (the US Premiere), Tómasson and Sibelius, “as Nordic forest spirits meet Greek gods in a performance that combines ethereal expressiveness and glittering romanticism”. The second takes selected members of the Orchestra’s string and wind sections in a varied chamber music program that includes an aria for English Horn and String Quartet by Neal Desby, a Quartet for Four Basses by Schuller and a Brahms Clarinet Quintet. The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concert performance includes Mozart’s Fifth Violin Concerto, the second movement of Haydn’s 63rd Symphony and 20th century works by composers Bohuslav Martinů and
The three concerts in the Twin Cities feature musicians who were part of our 2018 Summer Festival, and we will have opportunities to meet some of them during our visit.