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There is a lot to talk about when it comes to classical music in Saint Paul. Below is the text of our press release for the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl. We are amazed by how many fantastic musicians not only perform in our city, but have agreed to participate in this project – thank you! And, of course, thank you to everyone who is involved from the Saint Paul Art Collective and project venue managers, to many participating music organization’s staff members and volunteers. Not to mention the Knight Foundation, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and individual donors. We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, October 10!

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WHAT: Announcing the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl presented by The Baroque Room | 28 FREE Mini-Concerts | 10 Locations | 8 Hours  Hear virtually the entire Saint Paul classical music scene in one day! FREE 15-minute performances will take place on the hour and half-hour in multiple concert venues and art galleries throughout Lowertown during the Saint Paul Art Crawl. Create your own itinerary of music and art, or join an MPR Guided Tour with your favorite on-air Classical Minnesota Public Radio host. See www.saintpaulclassical.com for details.

WHEN: Saturday, October 10, 12:00-8:00 P.M.

WHERE: Taking place in Lowertown, Saint Paul in multiple locations along East 4th and 5th Streets during the Saint Paul Art Crawl


WHO: Featuring performances by – Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Apollo Master Chorale, The Schubert Club, VocalEssence, Lumina Women’s Ensemble, Ensemble Sprezzatura, Glorious Revolution Baroque, Cerulean Fire, Bach Society of Minnesota, Consortium Carissimi, Renegade Ensemble, Zeitgeist, Saint Paul Conservatory of Music Renaissance Band, Minnesota Sinfonia, The WolfGang, Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Pavia Wind Quintet, Musica Glorifica, Twin Cities Lute Cooperative, Minnesota Opera, Skylark Opera, The Musical Offering, Nautilus Music-Theater, American Composers Forum/The Dream Songs Project, Ladyslipper Ensemble, The Lyra Baroque Orchestra, Eve Beneke, guitar, and Flying Forms

Venues: Saint Paul Union Depot, The Show Gallery, The Baroque Room, Studio Z, Golden’s, Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar, AZ Gallery, Nautilus Music-Theater, Sweet 317, and Heartland Restaurant and Wine Bar

Funded by: Knight Foundation | Metropolitan Regional Arts Council | Individual donors

One year ago, The Baroque Room was awarded a Saint Paul Knight Arts Challenge grant. We are proud to announce the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl, the event the grant has funded, along with matches from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council and individual donors. Take a look around the project website, see the mini-concert schedule, and learn about the groups and venues involved. We hope to see you in Lowertown on Saturday, October 10!

  • Taking place in Lowertown, Saint Paul, during the Saint Paul Art Crawl
  • Hear virtually the entire Saint Paul classical music scene in one day!
  • 15-minute performances on the hour and half hour
  • Each group will perform four times
  • Live MPR Guided Tours with your favorite Classical Minnesota Public Radio hosts
  • Learn more and sign up for tours at the event website: www.saintpaulclassical.com

Saint Paul’s classical music scene is filled with a wide range of dynamic performing groups from symphony orchestra and opera, to baroque orchestra and solo guitar, not to mention an abundance of chamber music ensembles and many highly rated professional choirs. At the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl audiences can hear virtually every one of these groups in just one day! At www.saintpaulclassical.com, anyone can learn about all of the Music Crawl participants and find out when they are performing concerts throughout the year.

About the Saint Paul classical music scene:

  • Each year, throughout the city, Saint Paul is host to performances by Grammy winners, international competition prizewinners, performers on world tour, multiple-time local and national grant recipients, and leaders in their fields. Some of these performers are guests and others are local.
  • There is a long-standing and established early music scene. The world’s best baroque musicians perform in Saint Paul every year and the Bach Society of Minnesota was rated as having one of the state’s best choirs. There are so many performing ensembles that this past August’s Twin Cities Early Music Festival featured 30 performances in one month – a feat rivaled only by the famous Boston and San Francisco Early Music Festivals.
  • Lowertown, besides playing host to the Twin Cities Jazz Festival and Concrete and Grass Music Festival, has nearly 150 classical music performances presented within its boundaries each year. Between The Baroque Room, Studio Z, Nautilus Music-Theater, Bedlam Lowertown, and the Lowertown Classics series at the Lowertown Lofts Artists Cooperative there is more classical music within two blocks than anywhere in the city except on Saint Peter Street at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts and Landmark Center.
  • Contemporary music is at home in Saint Paul with regular commissions and performances of new works by the Minnesota Opera, Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Zeitgeist, Minnesota Sinfonia, and more. Plus, the American Composers Forum is located in Saint Paul, bringing national attention, activities, and grants to the city.

Classical music in Saint Paul is not only alive and well – it is flourishing! We are proud of our community and can’t wait to share it with you at the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl!