Musicians of the SPCO honor retirees

We would like to acknowledge and thank those musicians who are leaving the orchestra for their musical and personal contributions that have helped to make the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra a world renowned ensemble.  Over the course of their tenure, the SPCO has done twelve international tours of Europe, Asia, and South America, many domestic tours, including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and the Ravinia Festival. They have also performed in 49 recordings with artists such as Pinchas Zukerman, Hugh Wolff, Christopher Hogwood, Mstislav Rostropovich, Douglas Boyd, and Bobby McFerrin.  We are very grateful to them for their talents and friendship over the years.

The following is a list of the musicians who have elected to retire, along with the number of seasons performed with the SPCO:

Gary Bordner, Principal Trumpet – 31

Fred Bretschger, Assistant Principal Bass – 32

Christopher Brown, Principal Bass – 34

Evelina Chao, Assistant Principal Viola – 33

Thomas Kornacker, Co-principal Second Violin – 36

Brenda Manuel Mickens, Violin – 33

Michal Sobieski, Violin – 34

Paul Straka, Horn – 31

Tamás Strasser, Viola – 38

Thomas Tempel, Oboe – 44