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Sarah Kirkland Snider and Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) with yMusic

Penelope and new chamber works

Announcement from the SPCO: Concert Program Change

yMusic will not be able to participate in these performances with Shara Worden as planned. Members of yMusic were recently notified by the Musicians’ Union (AFM – Local 802) that union regulations do not permit them to perform in this program, which takes place during an ongoing labor dispute between the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra Society and its union musicians. We understand the difficult position that these musicians are in and respect the decision they have made. 

Shara Worden has offered to perform a 45-minute My Brightest Diamond duo set for ticketholders in place of these originally scheduled performances. Because of the change in programming, all tickets will be fully refunded. Ticketholders should expect to receive a phone call from the SPCO in the coming days to process a refund.

For questions about ticket refunds, contact the SPCO ticket office at 651.291.1144. The DisCourse series talk (listed below) with the artists, hosted by Adam Levy, will take place as scheduled.

“Worden is a creative chameleon with endless wells of technical skill … one of the most astounding voices in all of indie rock.” —Pitchfork

“A potent melding of classical poise and alt-pop punch, this dreamy song cycle [Penelope] was the year’s most affecting creation.” —Time Out New York

This elegantly woven two-part program begins with the Midwest premiere of composer Sarah Kirkland Snider’s vivid song cycle Penelope, performed by Shara Worden and New York’s most in-demand new music ensemble, yMusic. Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey—but drawn from the perspective of Odysseus’ wife, with lyrics and concept by playwright Ellen McLaughlin—this “gorgeous netherland between richly orchestrated indie rock and straight chamber music” (Pitchfork) is a mesmerizing meditation on memory, identity, and what it means to come home.

The evening concludes with the versatile Worden joining conservatory-trained/pop-savvy yMusic for an intoxicating mix of cabaret, opera, chamber music, and rock. Each program half will also feature several new works written by an eclectic mix of today’s leading composers.

Copresented with Liquid Music, a new Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra concert series.

Related Event

DisCourse Series: Sarah Kirkland Snider, Shara Worden, and yMusic members, hosted by Adam Levy
Wednesday, February 27, 1–2 pm
Free and open to the public
McNally Smith College of Music
19 Exchange Street East, Room 70, St. Paul


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