Black and white photograph of the SPCO playing “The Star Spangled Banner” at its Ordway debut concert, 1985.

SPCO’s Ordway debut concert

The SPCO playing “The Star Spangled Banner” at its Ordway debut concert, 1985.

Black and white photograph showing an advertisement for the SPCO’s international debut during a tour of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Romania in 1974.

The SPCO’s international debut during a tour of Poland

The SPCO’s international debut during a tour of Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, and Romania in 1974.

Black and white photograph of a Music on the Move truck, 1970s.

Music on the Move truck

Music on the Move truck, 1970s.

Black and white photograph of the Philharmonic Society’s summer music camp where SPCO musicians provided hands-on instruction, ca. 1960s.

Philharmonic Society’s summer music camp

Philharmonic Society’s summer music camp where SPCO musicians provided hands-on instruction, ca. 1960s.

Color poster of violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, ca. 1980–1987.

St. Paul Chamber Orcherstra with Pinchas Zukerman

Violinist and conductor Pinchas Zukerman and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, ca. 1980–1987.

Black and white photograph of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on stage, ca. 1959.

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on stage

The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra on stage, ca. 1959.

St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

In 1959, a new orchestra was formed in St. Paul in order to attract more people to downtown. The St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO) held their first concert on November 18, 1959, in the Central High School auditorium. Since their debut, the SPCO has won several awards and has become the only full-time chamber orchestra in the United States.

The red Pipestone Quarry in Southwestern Minnesota. Pen and ink drawing of Rudolf Daniel Ludwig Cronau, 1881.

Pipestone Quarry

The red Pipestone Quarry in Southwestern Minnesota. Pen and ink drawing of Rudolf Daniel Ludwig Cronau, 1881.

Black and white photograph of the student cast of the drama “Elopement of Ellen,” at Graham Hall, ca. 1909.

Student cast of the drama “Elopement of Ellen,” at Graham Hall

The student cast of the drama “Elopement of Ellen,” at Graham Hall, ca. 1909. Image is from the Graham Hall annual catalog, 1909–1910.

The village of St. Paul, 1844. Etching by Charles William Post.

The village of St. Paul

The village of St. Paul, 1844. Etching by Charles William Post.

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