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St. Paul Chamber Orchestra wraps 2021-22 season with $163,393 surplus

At its annual meeting on Tuesday, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra informed its members that it had finished its fiscal year, which concluded on June 30, with a surplus of $163,393. The symphony now has a $4.33 million Rainy Day Fund thanks to the 27th consecutive year of fiscal stability in the last 30 years.

In a press statement, SPCO president and managing director Jon Limbacher reflected on the organization’s “tremendous year” on “every front” including artistic growth, financial success, and, most significantly, community service. I assure you that we will not rest on our laurels, but rather will build on the success of the last year in our pursuit of making the orchestra accessible to as many people as possible in the community.

The entire income for the fiscal year was $9,678,558 while the total operating expenditures were $9,515,165. A total of $5,454,670 in operational assistance was donated to the SPCO by individuals, charities, businesses, and institutions. The Paycheck Protection Program also provided the symphony with aid to the tune of $1,203,597. There were 4,949 different households among the SPCO’s contributors, with 789 of them making monthly sustaining contributions.

The SPCO resumed its regular schedule of live performances in the Ordway Concert Hall and other neighborhood series locations in September 2021, after canceling them during the 2020-21 season due to the pandemic. The orchestra gave 92 performances at 11 different locations in the city, attracting a total of 35,559.

The orchestra also expanded its digital footprint by broadcasting eleven concerts live from the Ordway and adding eight more to its free, on-demand video library. In all, 145,275 people visited the concert library throughout the fiscal year, with 62,983 of them being from Minnesota.

The orchestra worked with the personnel of assisted living institutions to develop Spark! Musical Insights, a video application that offers a digital SPCO performance experience tailored for groups to view together.

Two new creative collaborators have been introduced by the orchestra. When Abel Selaocoe, a cellist, vocalist, and composer from South Africa, made his SPCO debut in the 2021-22 season, he did so with a weekend of events that delved into his musical upbringing and the similarities between African folk music and classical music from Europe. In the 2019-2020 season, German violist Tabea Zimmermann made her orchestral debut as a guest soloist, playing her own arrangement of Schumann’s Cello Concerto.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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