'Artistic Partner' Roberto Abbado Joins Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 2005-06

Classic Arts News   'Artistic Partner' Roberto Abbado Joins Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra in 2005-06
 
The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's 2005-06 season will be highlighted by the arrival of conductor Roberto Abbado, the group's fifth "artistic partner."

The SPCO announced a year ago that it would change its leadership model, replacing a single music director with a series of artistic partners who would each lead a series of performances. Joshua Bell, Douglas Boyd, Nicholas McGegan, and Stephen Prutsman are serving in the role this season; Abbado, as previously announced, was unable to join them until 2005-06.

Abbado will lead a three-week Mozart festival in April 2006, marking the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. The repertoire includes the last three symphonies, the Coronation Mass, and a semi-staged production of CosÐ fan tutte.

Other highlights include the world premiere of Jennifer Higdon's Oboe Concerto and performances with James Sewell Ballet featuring a new dance set to Schoenberg's Serenade.

Visiting soloists include pianists Garrick Ohlsson and Yefim Bronfman; Jeffrey Kahane and Piotr Anderszewski will both lead the SPCO in Mozart piano concertos from the piano.


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