The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Names New Inventive Companions


Minnesota’s Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) not too long ago named two musicians who’re to function the group’s new Inventive Companions: South African cellist Abel Selaocoe and German violist Tabea Zimmermann.

Abel Selacoe made his SPCO debut in March of 2022 to discover his musical roots with a live performance titled “The place’s My Refuge?” Selacoe utilized physique percussion, singing, and improvisation in a program of each African people music and Western classical music. The live performance was live-streamed, and you’ll view the live performance right here.

“I’m past excited to be taking over an Inventive Partnership with the SPCO,” mentioned Abel Selaocoe. “The beauty of this collaboration is that it’s based mostly on curiosity, a excessive degree of creativity, enjoying round with the unknown and actually celebrating the identified. Every live performance could have an essence that displays society or brings a message of well-being for the neighborhood. This can be a very thrilling enterprise for me and I’m so grateful for it.”

Tabea Zimmermann first carried out with the SPCO in late 2019, with a efficiency of her personal viola transcription of Robert Schumann’s Cello Concerto. At that live performance, she additionally led the group from inside, enjoying within the viola part for a efficiency of Brahms’s First Symphony.

Zimmermann will start her tenure subsequent season with two weeks of concert events within the spring of 2023 — to incorporate works by Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel, Felix Mendelssohn, Johannes Brahms, and Béla Bartók.

“I’m fortunately trying ahead to the creative partnership with the SPCO and really feel very honored to proceed within the spectacular line of present and former Inventive Companions,” mentioned Tabea Zimmermann. “My very own targets in music coincide totally with the mission assertion of the SPCO, and I can not wait to expertise and develop a standard musical language with the incredible musicians of the SPCO.”

“We will attempt for a most vary of differentiation in music and can let the musical themes information us to discover a liberating reply to the ever-demanding query of particular person versus group pursuits,” she added.”For me, classical music provides essentially the most stunning key to life, and I’m greater than excited to share my sound visions with the musicians and the viewers of the SPCO.”