The Musical Offering (TMO) is Twin Cities’ premier chamber music ensemble, composed of top professional musicians the Minnesota Orchestra. The region’s longest continually-performing chamber music ensemble, TMO opens its 46th season one week after the Saint Paul Classical Music Crawl. Our upcoming season “Emigrés and Mentors” explores the role of immigration in chamber music, and opens with two concerts on October 23rd and 24th.

During the Crawl, TMO will be performing two pieces from noon to 2:00pm at Nautilus Music Theater (308 E Prince St # 250, St Paul, MN 55101). Fanfare and Crepuscules by Elsa Barraine will be performed by Caroline Lemen, horn, and Susan Billmeyer, piano and also TMO’s Co-Artistic Director. This Saturday is a chance to preview this underperformed work taken from our upcoming season and was composed by Elsa Barraine, who was a French woman contemporary of “Les Six” (composers such as Germaine Tailleferre and Francis Poulenc). Filled with drama and romance, Théodore Lalliet’s Terzetto for oboe, bassoon, and piano, is a brilliant piece from last season we couldn’t quite put away just yet. John Snow, oboe, and Norbert Nielubowski, bassoon and TMO Co-Artistic Director, join Susan Billmeyer for a piece we fell in love with last November.

Our season opens a week after the Crawl with a program of Saint-Saëns, Prokofiev, and Debussy, highlighting connections between the Parisian salon and the Russian court and the virtuosic pieces that traveled between them. We’ll be presenting a full concert at Sundin Music Hall on Sunday at 3:00pm ($25/$10 student) with an intermission interview from our Co-Artistic Directors about our upcoming season “Emigrés and Mentors.” On Monday evening ($30, includes wine ticket) we’ll be performing the Debussy and Prokofiev at the Bakken Museum in Minneapolis, bringing music back to the Bakken after over 20 years! Doors open at 7:00pm to privately tour the museum with docents available, and to grab a glass of wine and something to nibble on before the concert starts at 7:30pm inside the beautiful historic mansion’s great hall. The program will last about an hour and includes remarks from the musicians about each piece. After the music concludes, guests are welcome to meander around the museum and strike up a conversation with the musicians until doors close around 9:00pm. Both venues are ADA accessible and include free parking very close by.

The Musical Offering presents a variety of music for strings, winds, and piano and hosts a flexible roster of musicians drawn from the Minnesota Orchestra, Minnesota Opera, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, as well as other top local performers. With its flexibility is size, this group presents some of the greatest chamber music written, ranging between two to as many as 13 this season as we present Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring in its original instrumentation on April 23rd, 2017. TMO’s repertoire spans several centuries ranging from the classical music of the 1700s, such as J.S. Bach’s “The Musical Offering,” to the finest music being composed today. More information and tickets can be found at musicaloffering.org.