March 21, 2023

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Kyu-Young Kim

St. Paul, Minn. (Feb. 17, 2017) — The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) and the Capri Theater proudly present Northside Celebration at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18 and 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19.

Please note that the event location has been moved to North High School, 1300 James Avenue North, Minneapolis, 55411.  All other event details remain unchanged.

The two collaborative concerts will celebrate our North Minneapolis community through music. Tickets are free, but reservations are required and can be made at, or call the SPCO ticket office at 651-291-1144.

The centerpiece of the concerts will be the world premiere of True North, a work for choir and chamber orchestra commissioned by the SPCO for the Northside Celebration, composed by long-time North Minneapolis resident Timothy C. Takach with lyrics by spoken word and hip-hop artist Desdamona. Desdamona’s lyrics were inspired by writings of students in the Capri After School Theater (CAST) Program, as well as students from PYC Arts & Technology High School. Narration and readings of stories, reflections and poetry by North Minneapolis artists will be woven throughout the musical selections.

“The SPCO is thrilled to expand our partnership with the Capri Theater to create and premiere a new work that celebrates the vitality of the Northside,” said SPCO Artistic Director and Principal Violin Kyu-Young Kim.

The 90-minute concerts will also feature performances by a specially formed Northside Celebration Choir made up of singers from North Minneapolis churches and organizations, directed by Sanford Moore.  In addition, an ensemble of SPCO musicians will perform Strum by acclaimed American composer Jessie Montgomery.

The inspiration for this concert originated three years ago during a luncheon with Northside community residents and representatives from SPCO and the Capri.  Amidst avid support for a continued SPCO presence at the Capri, several themes surfaced during the discussion, including intense community pride in the face of adversity, a desire for opportunities to collaborate and feature local artists, and a desire to emphasize connection and strengthen relationships in the community. 

In response to this feedback, Dennis Spears, Artistic Director of the Capri’s Legends series, suggested that the two organizations take their partnership to the next level by collaborating to make music together, with the community, and with the support of acclaimed composer, arranger and pianist Sanford Moore.  Understanding the power of music and coupling this with themes of hope, pride, collaboration and strong community connections, the Northside Celebration was born.

“There are a number of different cultures living and thriving here in North Minneapolis,” said Spears.  “Through this concert, we will bring together a rainbow of residents and shine a powerful ray of hope and love all across this community. We will light up the Northside with songs, music, dance and spoken word!”

“This collaborative effort of bringing together artists, musicians, singers and audiences from different backgrounds and experiences is a testament to this community, this city, this state and this world – that we can come together in one voice and demonstrate that respect, grace and appreciation of one another are something to celebrate,” said Sanford Moore.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

More information:, or James Scott, Director of the Capri, 612-643-2024. 

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