Summer Camp Capri middle school-age scholars

Summer Camp Capri middle school-age scholars were featured in two performances of the original play,“Higher Heights.” Director Dennis Spears (far right) with student performers.

For the 10th year, The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) brings classical music concerts and special programs designed for children and families to North Minneapolis.

SPCO Chamber Music Series concerts on the Northside include “Dvorak’s Bass Quintet,” Oct. 25 and “Mozart and Arensky Quartets,” April 3. Free family music events include “Start the Music! Wonderous Winds,” geared for children ages 3-6 and their families, Oct. 26 and “Xplorchestra! Calling all Horns,” geared for children ages 5-9 and their families, April 4.

In addition, the SPCO is presenting a Northside Celebration concert at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 25 at North Community High School, 1500 James Ave. N. This concert will also be performed at 8 p.m. Jan, 24, at the Ordway Theater for the Performing Arts in St. Paul, 345 Washington St.

All Northside SPCO performances and children’s events are free for Northside residents. To reserve free tickets, go to and enter your zip code in the promo code box, or call the SPCO box office at (651) 291-1144. Tickets ($15 for adults) may also be purchased online or by calling the box office.

All regular SPCO programs this season will be held at Sanctuary Covenant Church, 710 W. Broadway Ave. in North Minneapolis, while the CapriTheater is closed for expansion and renovation.

“We enter the 10th year of our partnership with SPCO with sincere gratitude for the years of wonderful programming they’ve brought to our community, and for their flexibility in moving to Sanctuary for a year while we’re closed for construction,” said James Scott, director of the Capri. “SPCO is an exemplary partner, and we look forward to their first concert in the new Capri when we open in 2020.”

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