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Jeremy Denk explores Beethoven's 'Emperor Concerto' with the SPCO / Listen live on MPR

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Alison Young will host a preconcert discussion before the opening night concert of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra season at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept 7, on the stage of the Ordway Concert Hall in St. Paul. Then she will host Classical MPR's live broadcast of the concert on Saturday, Sept. 8. Listen to Classical MPR (Minnesota Public Radio) at 11 a.m. every Friday for the SPCO Spotlight, too.

Jeremy Denk pretty much ignores the fact that Beethoven's Emperor Concerto is a "warhorse" played thousands of times per year and recorded just as many. It's one of his favorite pieces and never loses its musical interest and sheer delight. "I find whatever pleasure I get from it has to do with this mixture of the kind of narrative, the heroic, driving Beethoven and this unbelievable attention to color or beauty for its own sake, the way the piece slides from sort of narrative to lusciousness," he says about the work that he will be performing this weekend with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Also on the program, rising star soprano Julia Bullock makes her SPCO debut in Barber's Knoxville Summer 1915 and the musician-led orchestra members present the groundbreaking work of the minimalist movement, Terry Riley's In C.
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