About us

Richard Chin, creator of the St. Paul Snowblower Ballet project, is a longtime St. Paul journalist who has covered everything from the Pillsbury Bake-Off to bombs in Baghdad. He’s also a playwright, has been a curator at the Smallest Museum in St. Paul, created the St. Paul Pioneer Press Marshmallow Peeps Diorama Contest and was a Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

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Zoé Emilie Henrot is in her 4th season as Artistic Director of St. Paul Ballet. She attended Mount Holyoke College to study science and dance and graduated summa cum laude. Having grown up in Boulder, Colorado, Zoé received most of her dance training from Boulder Ballet, becoming an apprentice with the company in the 2007-2008 season. In addition to her training in Boulder and at Mount Holyoke College, Zoé has trained with Kansas City Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, and Joffrey Ballet. Working with prominent choreographers such as Peter Davison, Ana Claire, Jim Coleman, Terese Freedman, Rose & Charles Flachs, Kinsun Chan, and Diane Coburn-Bruning has very much influenced her artistry and choreography.

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In 2011 she started choreographing ‘Becoming Undone,’ her largest work, which premiered in March 2012. In November 2012, Ms. Henrot was invited to be a guest choreographer for the Five College Dance Department in Massachusetts. ‘Gray Matter’ premiered at the Southern Theater as part of the Minnesota Fringe Festival in August 2013 followed by, ‘Nadine’ in 2014. ‘Locked Key’ performed by the entire SPB company during The Work in February 2016 is her most recent work.

St. Paul Ballet is a professional ballet school and company based in St. Paul, Minnesota. The School of St. Paul Ballet includes a recreational drop-in program as well as a pre-professional full-term program. The company is one of the few full-time, professional ballet companies in Minnesota.

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In 2013 the Company became Artist-Led, all professional Company Artists, in addition to dancing, hold an administrative position in the organization. St. Paul Ballet is proud to have artists who balance a myriad of perspectives and bring a wide range of education in other disciplines to their art. They possess strategies for managing both the creative and business aspects of their careers and bring resources to connect their art to our lives. They cross boundaries and infuse their art with a desire to make a difference in the world.

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 The Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra(MSO) performs outstanding symphony concerts for diverse audiences throughout the Twin Cities. Founded in 1982 by Saint Olaf College graduates, the orchestra has grown from a small chamber ensemble to a full symphony orchestra, a magnet for some of the area’s finest professional and amateur instrumentalists. MSO concerts have been broadcast on Minnesota Public Radio and featured on public television. The StarTribune has described the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra as “the very model of a modern major orchestra – community style,” and its performances as “rapturous” and “transformative.”

The MSO is unique in the Twin Cities community, not only for the skill level and dedication of our musicians and our innovative programming that interweaves both contemporary and standards repertoire, but also for our emphasis on community outreach. We provide professional level performances for free and in an accessible manner to diverse neighborhood populations.

The members of the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra represent diverse ages, professions, experiences and interests; however, the qualities they share (their talents, passion and commitment to high-quality music and performance) are what help the MSO transcend a traditional community orchestra. Many of our members are professional musicians in the Twin Cities community who play with the MSO not for pay but for the unique performing experiences and challenging repertoire they enjoy. Some of our members are teachers who find inspiration for themselves and their students in rehearsals and performances. Our members are also carpenters, doctors, computer programmers, financial planners and students who find MSO an excellent outlet for their musical energy. Whatever the reason for playing in the MSO, and whether a member since the group’s beginning 34 years ago or new to the orchestra this year, each musician values the opportunity to share music with other players and the greater community.

 

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Originally led by the St. Olaf Orchestra’s conductor, Steven Amundson, the MSOhas thrived under the leadership of several skilled conductors and music directors, including Manny Laureano (current principal trumpet of the Minnesota Orchestra) and William Intriligator (now Music Director of the Dubuque Symphony). In 2000, William Schrickel was named MSO’s Music Director and Conductor. Schrickel is currently the assistant principal double bass in the Minnesota Orchestra. His expertise as a conductor also led him to serve as Assistant Conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra for the 2005-2006 Season.

The MSO has collaborated with many Minnesota artistic treasures, including VocalEssence, the Minnesota Chorale, soprano Maria Jette, narrator and humorist Kevin Kling, and the James Sewell Ballet. The MSO is delighted that the Snowblower Ballet project gives us the opportunity to collaborate with St. Paul Ballet and others in the St. Paul community.

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