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The musicians of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra have added two performances to the schedule of concerts they have booked since they were locked out Oct. 21.
Internationally acclaimed conductor Hugh Wolff, who was the SPCO’s conductor and music director from 1988 to 2000, will return to conduct the musicians in concerts Dec. 20 and 21.
The musicians of the SPCO will partner with the Minnesota Chorale to perform Handel’s “Messiah” at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. Guest soloists are Karin Wolverton (soprano), Victoria Vargas (mezzo-soprano), Brad Benoit (tenor) and Richard Ollarsaba (baritone).
Both concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $45-$15 and available through Central Lutheran Church on their website (centralmpls.org), on the Musicians of the SPCO website (musiciansspco.org) and at the Minnesota Chorale website (mnchorale.org) or throughmessiahmpls.brownpapertickets.com.
The musicians previously announced an All-Mozart Benefit Concert on Dec. 2 at Wayzata Community Church that will feature violin soloist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman, who led the SPCO from 1980 to 1987.
The musicians have been locked out without salary and benefits since Oct. 22 because of a contract dispute. All scheduled performances have been canceled through the end of the year.
– Kathy Berdan

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