Schubert Club Mix is a new and exciting concert series for the 2013-2014 concert season presented by The Schubert Club. These concerts will feature a range of classical music artists in a new, contemporary presentation format. The tagline for the series is “A new generation of classical music.” These concerts will be presented at Aria in Minneapolis, the former home of Theater de la Jeune Lune. Traditionally a St. Paul based music organization primarily known for its International Artist Series at the Ordway, this venture marks The Schubert Club’s first series in Minneapolis.
The combination of the stylish warehouse architecture of Aria, informal seating and a contemporary presentation style by guest artists will give Schubert Club Mix presentations a relaxed and unconventional ambiance. Refreshments will be available to enjoy during the performances.
Sunday, January 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm, Aria
With a flawless technique and a knack for razor-sharp performance, the prodigiously talented American violinist Hilary Hahn is known for her probing interpretations, technical brilliance and commitment to new music. Hauschka is the alias of classically-trained German pianist-composer Volker Bertelmann, whose work as Hauschka is based upon a playful exploration of the ‘prepared’ piano. Like Hahn, Hauschka is no stranger to collaboration, whether with formal outfits or acclaimed bands like Calexico and múm.
Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 7:00 pm, Aria
Anthony de Mare is internationally recognized as one of the foremost champions of contemporary music, drawing praise from leading music critics. The New York Times cites de Mare as having “transformed the recital format.” This intrepid program features solo piano pieces based on songs by the legendary composer/lyricist Stephen Sondheim. “Liaisons demonstrates just how universal and timeless Sondheim’s music truly is,” explains de Mare. “The program’s collection of composers, ranging from jazz pianist Fred Hersch to film composer Thomas Newman to maverick Steve Reich, reveals Sondheim’s amazing ability to transcend the traditional boundaries of musical theater.” Minnesota-based composer Mary Ellen Childs was commissioned by The Schubert Club to write one of the new works for the project. Her piece, which “re-imagines” Sondheim’s Now-Later-Soon from A Little Night Music, will be included in the program.
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Aria
A meditation on America’s relationship to our land—and to today’s environmental and social issues—the multimedia work Documerica melds multiple-screen video projections with music by some of today’s top composers (Mary Ellen Childs, Ulysses Owens Jr., Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate and James Kimo Williams), performed with electrifying virtuosity by alternative string quartet ETHEL. Created in collaboration with projections designer Deborah Johnson (Sufjan Stevens’ BQE) and directed by Steve Cosson, Documerica juxtaposes manipulated vintage 1970s visuals with the music of now. Inspired by and showcasing evocative imagery from Project Documerica, a 1970s photographic archive commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency, the program explores this compelling snapshot of a tumultuous era. This will be the production’s first performance outside of New York.
I believe there are music-lovers in our community for whom the formality and rituals of a traditional classical music performance in a traditional concert venue are something of a deterrent to attending. Our idea behind Schubert Club Mix is to relax our presentation style and the ambiance of the venue without at all compromising the quality of the music-making. The opportunity to develop this new approach to classical music presenting in partnership with like-minded musical collaborators is a positive benefit to all parties, including the audience.
– Barry Kempton, Artistic & Executive Director of The Schubert Club
Tickets are $25 each plus $3 per ticket fee.
Call the Box Office at (651) 292-3268 or order online.
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All Mix Concerts at Aria
Aria (former Theatre de la Jeune Lune)
105 North 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401