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Saint Paul Civic Symphony- May 8 2022: Music of Home & Hope (Annual Mother’s Day Concert)
May 8, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Heitzeg: Green Hope after Black Rain
Grieg: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 16
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 (“From the New World”)
Featuring the world premiere of Saint Paul composer Steve Heitzeg’s Green Hope after Black Rain (SPCS’s 75th anniversary commission), with Grieg’s Piano Concerto, performed by Jacob Taggart, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony.
Pianist Jacob Taggart will be the featured soloist at the Saint Paul Civic Symphony’s Annual Mother’s Day Concert at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 8, at the Landmark Center.
Just 15 years old, the 11th-grader at Saint Agnes School in Saint Paul has already gained acclaim in the world of classical music, having traveled internationally, including to Spain, Italy and Russia, for competitions.
He has twice been featured on National Public Radio’s “From the Top,” America’s largest national platform celebrating young, classically trained musicians, and remains one of the youngest grand-prize winners of the preteen and teen divisions of the Minnesota State Fair Amateur Talent Competition.
He has also opened for the rock band Goo Goo Dolls and was featured at Paisley Park and at Orchestra Hall with Grammy-nominated singer Sheila E., Prince’s former drummer.
Jacob also performs with sister Emma as the Taggart Squared duo, including six concerts performing Saint-Saens’ “Carnival of the Animals” with the Minnesota Orchestra.
Jacob studied with Reid Smith from age 4 until Smith’s passing in 2021. He now studies with Paul Wirth at the Wirth Center for the Performing Arts.
Jacob will be performing Edvard Grieg’s only piano concerto with the Saint Paul Civic Symphony.