St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Mark Russell Smith, Director of New Music Projects 2007-2010

May 20-23, 2010

Kelley O’Connor, Mezzo-Soprano


SCHUBERT: Gesang der Geister über den Wassern (Song of the Spirits Over the Waters), D. 714

SCHUBERT: Four Partsongs for Male Voices

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 2 in B-flat, D. 125

WEILL: The Seven Deadly Sins


April 29-May 1, 2010

Noda: Mattinata for Marimba, Three Flutes and Double Bass

Aguilera: Mares de seda y brisa for Marimba and Ensemble

Kechley: Valencia: Iberian Musings for Marimba and Saxophone Quartet

Viñao: Tumblers for Marimba, Violin and Computer

Stucky: Four Postcards for Marimba and Wind Quintet

Guinot: Argentinian Suite for Marimba and String Quartet


December 17-19, 2009

RoseMary Harbison, violin

HARBISON: Snow Country, Cantilena for Oboe and Strings

HARBISON: Exequien for Calvin Simmons for Ensemble

HARBISON: Crane Sightings, Eclogue for Solo Violin and Strings

HARBISON: Fantasia on a Ground: I, II, III, IV, V for String Orchestra

HARBISON: Umbrian Landscape with Saint for Chamber Ensemble


October 15-18, 2009

GABRIELI (Arranged by Peter Gülke): Three Canzoni for Chamber Orchestra

LISZT (Arranged by John Adams, 1989.): The Black Gondola

VIVALDI: Concerto grosso in D, RV 562

MALIPIERO: Ricercari for Eleven Instruments

VIVALDI: Concerto in A for Violin and Three Violins in Echo, RV 552 Echo

STRAVINSKY: Prelude to The Rake’s Progress

VERDI: Prelude to Act III of La Traviata

ROSSINI: Overture to L’Italiana in Algeri (The Italian Girl in Algiers)


May 7-9, 2009

BETTENDORF: Palimpsest, for Ensemble

LERDAHL: Spirals for Chamber Orchestra

HYLA: Riff and Consequences, Concerto for Chamber Orchestra

CHEN YI: Prelude and Fugue for Chamber Orchestra


April 9-11, 2009

CRUMB: Vox balaenae (Voice of the Whale) for Three Players

CRUMB: Dream Sequence (Images II) for Violin, Cello, Piano, and Percussion [and offstage “Glass Hamonica”]

CRUMB: Black Angels: Thirteen Images from the Dark Land (Images I), for Electric String Quartet

CRUMB: Night of the Four Moons for Mezzo-Soprano, Alto Flute (doubling Piccolo), Banjo, Electric Cello and Percussion


February 5-7, 2009

SCHOENBERG: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) for Two Violins, Two Violas and Two Cellos, Opus 4

SCHOENBERG: Pierrot Lunaire, Melodrama for Voice and Chamber Ensemble, Opus 21


December 16-21, 2008

MOZART: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, K. 492

RESPIGHI: “Adoration of the Magi” from Three Botticelli Pictures

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS (Arr. by Ralph Greeves): Fantasia on Greensleeves

PUCCINI (Arranged by Glynn Davies): “Si, Mi chiamano Mimi” from La Bohème for Soprano and Ensemble

KENTON: Opus in Pastels for Saxophone Ensemble

STRAUSS (Arranged by Arnold Schoenberg in 1925): Emperor Waltz, Opus 437 (with cuts)

STRAUSS: Pizzicato Polka

LANNER: Pesther Waltz, Opus 93


May 29-June 1, 2008

Sabina Thatcher, viola

Ruggero Allifranchini, violin

Christopher Brown, bass

BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049

PENDERECKI: Concerto for Viola and Chamber Orchestra

HYLA: Riff and Consequences, Concerto for Chamber Orchestra

BOTTESINI (Arranged by Edgar Meyer): Gran duo concertante for Violin, Double Bass and String Orchestra


March 20-22, 2008

Christòpheren Nomura, baritone

SHENG: Postcards for Chamber Orchestra

HYLA: Riff and Consequences, Concerto for Chamber Orchestra


ADAMS: The Wound-Dresser for Baritone Voice and Orchestra


December 18-22, 2007

BACH: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048

STRAVINSKY: Concerto in E-flat for Chamber Orchestra, Dumbarton Oaks

BACH: Air from Suite No. 3, BWV 1068

VIVALDI: Concerto in F for Violin and Orchestra, RV 293, Autumn

VIVALDI: Concerto in F Minor for Violin and Orchestra, RV 297, Winter

BEETHOVEN: Five Dances from Twelve German Dances, WoO 8

MOZART: Two Dances from Six German Dances, K. 571

MOZART: Dance No. 5, The Canary, from Six German Dances, K. 600

TCHAIKOVSKY: Waltz from Serenade in C for Strings, Opus 48


March 17, 2000

ABELS: Excerpt from More Seasons

MOZART: First Movement (Allegro) from Concerto in B-flat for Bassoon, K. 191 (186e)

WOLF: Italian Serenade

MOZART: 4th Movement (Presto) from Symphony No. 36 in C, K. 425, “Linz”


November 17-20, 1993


Gary Bordner, trumpet

HANDEL: Suite in D for Trumpet

SHOSTAKOVICH: Chamber Symphony for String Orchestra in C Minor, Op. 110a

STRAVINSKY: Concerto in E-flat , “Dumbarton Oaks”

MOZART: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat, K. 543


Other St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Contemporary Programs



Kernis: Too Hot Toccata

Argento: Royal Invitation (or Homage to the Queen of Tonga)

Merryman: Suspended

Skrowaczewski: Chamber Concerto: Ritornelli poi ritornel


Kurtág: 12 Microludes for String Quartet

Ligeti: Poème symphonique for 100 Metronomes

Ligeti: Melodien (Melodies) for Chamber Orchestra

Lutoslawksi: Chain 1 for Chamber Ensemble

Górecki: Little Requiem for a Polka for Piano and 13 Instruments


Lang: Increase for Chamber Ensemble

Zorn: Orphée for Chamber Ensemble and Electronics

Saariaho: Amers for Amplified Cello and Ensemble

Boulez: Dérive 1 for Six Instruments

Lubman: Fuzzy Logic for Amplified Cello and Ensemble


Glass: Strings Quartet No. 2, Company

Adams: Road Movies for Violin and Piano

Reich: Different Trains for String Quartet and Pre-Recorded Sound



Cage: Sonata for Clarinet

Cage: Music for Wind Instruments

Cage: Excerpt from Lecture on Nothing

Cage: Nocturne for Violin and Piano

Cage: Suite for Toy Piano

Cage: Seven Haiku for Solo Piano

Cage: Variations III for Any Number of People Performing Any Actions

Cage: 4’33”

Cage: Excerpt from Lecture on Nothing

Cage: Two for Flute and Piano

Cage: Five for Any Instruments or Voices

Cage: 33 1/3 (Arranged for 12 CD Players, 12 Amplifiers, and 300 CDs)


Berio: Sequenza IX for Clarinet

Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 1 for Flute and Electronic Sound

Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 6 for Piano and Electronic Sound

Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 12 for Clarinet and Electronic Sound

Berio: Sequenza I for Flute

Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 03 for Cello and Electronic Sound

Davidovsky: Synchronisms No. 9 for Violin and Electronic Sound

Berio: Sequenza XIV for Cello


Birtwistle: Cortege, a Ceremony for 14 Musicians

Bedford: Or Voit Tout en Aventure for Soprano and 16 Players

Boulez: Dérive 1 for Six Instruments

Benjamin: Three Inventions for Chamber Orchestra

Knussen: Two Organa for Large Chamber Ensemble


Cotton: Sextet for Strings

Coleman: Sonata in Two Acts for Violin and Piano

Zimmerli: Chamber Symphony for 14 Solo Instruments World premiere


Saariaho: Prelude for Piano

Stucky: Four Album Leaves for Piano Solo

Berio: Eight Violin Duets

Saariaho: Ballade for Piano Solo

Adès: Darknesse Visible for Piano Solo

Schnittke: Piano Quintet