Last night, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra presented a superb evening of Russian music at Wayzata Community Church. Cheri and I had wonderful seats in the fourth row. The program included: Tchaikovsky - Suite No. 4 in G, Op. 61; Tchaikovsky - Variations of a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 33; Shostakovich - Chamber Symphony in C Minor for String Orchestra, Op. 110a; and Prokofiev - Symphony No. 1 in D, Op. 25 (Classical).
The entire program was absolutely marvelous, but the shining jewel of the evening was Bion Tsang's solo performance in the Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra (Tchaikovsky). His rich interpretation and breathtaking virtuosity brought the audience to its feet for a well-deserved, long, and energetic standing ovation.
Born in Michigan of Chinese parents, Bion Tsang began piano studies at age six and cello at age seven. He made his professional debut at age eleven in two concerts with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic. His professional achievements and awards are many. He currently lives in Austin, TX and teaches at the University of Texas. You can read more about his amazing career, current projects, and discography here. It's really worth reading!
We are so blessed to have the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in the Twin Cities. I can assure you that last night there was no finer concert happening anywhere else on the planet. If you have not yet discovered the SPCO, now is a great time to do so. This year's season is winding down, but you can make plans to be a part of the 2011-12 season.
It's right here in your own back yard, and it's the best and most affordable classical music experience in America! I encourage you to explore the SPCO Website and get in on this world class experience.