St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Considers Building New Hall

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The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is frustrated with its longtime home at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and is exploring the possibility of building its own hall, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Gayle Over, the city's culture director, told the paper that orchestra officials have talked with a developer about building a downtown concert hall as part of a previously planned complex of stores, housing, and a hotel.

According to the Pioneer Press, SPCO officials began discussing a new home after being forced to reschedule performances in January to accommodate a touring production of the musical Les Mis_rables. A similar conflict in 1995 resulted in the ensemble delaying its season-opening concerts for a month.

Ordway president David Galliway told the paper that he would work to keep the SPCO at the venue.

Asked for comment by PlaybillArts, a spokesperson for the SPCO said, "The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra is committed to having a presence at Ordway Center and is actively participating in constructive conversations with the Ordway to find solutions to the challenges that are inherent to this type of relationship."

The SPCO recently extended its lease at the Ordway through 2007-08.

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