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January - June 2005

Program Highlights

June 26, 2006

Concertmaster's Collection
Who's on first? Everybody, it seems. Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Artistic Partner Stephen Prutsman plays the solo role in Dmitri Shostakovich's First Piano Concerto, a high-spirited work with a rip-roaring finale and a special role for trumpeter Gary Bordner. Then there's Prutsman's own composition, "Curious Hymns and Cosmic Spaces," scored for a wind ensemble, piano, celesta, and "prerecorded sounds" drawn from nature, which was commissioned for the SPCO and gets a "first performance." And Beethoven's First Symphony not only shows off the imagination of the "young lion" making a statement in Vienna in 1800, but also shows off the collective ensemble skills of our SPCO players, particularly concertmaster Stephen Copes.

Stephen Prutsman: Curious Hymns and Cosmic Spaces
Dmitri Shostakovich: Concerto No. 1 in C minor for Piano, Trumpet & Orchestra
Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 in C

Stephen Prutsman, piano and director
Steven Copes, director
Gary Bordner, trumpet
Julia Bogorad-Kogan, flute

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