Free Tickets Worth a Million Memories

Garrison Keillor refers to them as his “hometown band” and talks often about their influence in his young life. Historically, many Grandparents have supported a grandchild’s music training and experiences. DID YOU KNOW?! Children and students can get free tickets to as many Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concerts as they would like, with nearly the entire season available for free ticket reservations. These efforts have seen great success to date, with nearly four times as many children and students attending regular concerts this year. And the new season has just been announced!

“A chamber orchestra has a unique advantage in terms of its mobility and flexibility,” SPCO artistic director and principal violin Kyu-Young Kim said in a news release. “We can fill up a concert hall stage for an epic Beethoven symphony or pare ourselves down for an intimate performance of a Mendelssohn quartet and still provide an emotionally powerful experience for audience members. We believe that chamber music belongs everywhere, whether it is the Ordway Concert Hall or a bar in Minneapolis, and we want to bring our music to unexpected places where young people are already gathering.”

Performances take place at the Ordway Concert Hall in downtown St. Paul, as well as numerous other venues around the Twin Cities. The SPCO is also expanding to offer new three-concert series at St. Paul’s Turf Club and St. Paul’s West Side at Humboldt High School, while continuing its performances at Icehouse and the Capri Theater in Minneapolis. Their transformation to a conductor-less orchestra continues as well, with musicians leading concerts throughout the season. 

Season ticket packages start at $30 and are available by phone at 651-291-1144 or online via, where you can also find the complete season schedule.

Copresented with the Walker Art Center and The Current featuring Money Mark, Mia Doi Todd, Aaron Steele, Sean Okaguchi, Morgan Sorne and Tracy Wannonae TV on the Radio's artistic polymath Tunde Adebimpe weaves together a universe of song, story and animation in the world premiere of "A Warm Weather Ghost", a new work commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Liquid Music and The Current.