Sunday, September 25, 2016, 4pm, Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
Pianist Joseph Kalichstein, violinist Jaime Laredo, and cellist Sharon Robinson have been performing together for 40 years, making the trio one of the longest-lived ensembles with all of its original members. Very early in the group’s existence, they performed at the White House for President Carter’s Inauguration in the late ‘70s. “The KLR players are superstars of the chamber music world” (The Washington Post), artfully balancing the careers of three internationally-acclaimed soloists while making annual appearances at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls. A favorite ensemble of the Music in the Park Series audience, come hear why the Washington Post has emphatically stated, “Can we just be done with it, and declare the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio the greatest piano trio on the face of the Earth?”

Renée Fleming, sopranoRenee Fleming, soprano | International Artist Series
Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:30pm, Ordway Music Theater
In the words of the Star Tribune, “Renée Fleming is a true diva du jour. Her sumptuous soprano, dazzling technique and glamorous persona make her the complete package.” No wonder, then, that this multiple Grammy Award winner has performed in such an extraordinary range of venues, from the balcony of Buckingham Palace to the Super Bowl, President Obama’s inauguration to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing—as well as the most prestigious concert halls and opera stages in the world. With an extraordinary multimedia presence unique among contemporary opera singers, Fleming has made a unique and indelible mark as one of our generation’s most respected and renowned vocalists and performers, both on the stage and off. In addition to her live performances, Fleming has also hosted and appeared in a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, Live from Lincoln Center and the Twin Cities’ own A Prairie Home Companion. Having previously graced The Schubert Club stage in 2001, 2005, and 2010, we are once again delighted to present soprano Renée Fleming—for just a single night —as she opens the 2016-2017 International Artist Series.

HH_131x131Hill House Chamber Players
Monday, October 10, 2016, 7:30pm, James J. Hill House
Amy Beach: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F-sharp minor, Op 67

Judith Lang Zaimont: Calendar Collection for Solo Piano (excerpts)

Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Opus 44

 
 
Tembembe, "Fandango Barocco"Tembembe Ensamble Continuo | Schubert Club Mix
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:30pm, Aria
“Fandango Barroco” features Tembembe, a 5-member instrumental and vocal ensemble from Mexico. Bringing together the sound world of the Hispanic baroque guitar and the music of Mexican and Latin American contemporary culture, Tembembe explores the similarities between the instruments and practices of these two traditions. Expect a riveting performance including song and dance that brings alive the festive spirits of both the Hispanic fandango of the 17th century and contemporary traditional fandango.
HH_131x131Hill House Chamber Players
Monday, October 17, 2016, 7:30pm, James J. Hill House
Amy Beach: Quintet for Piano and Strings in F-sharp minor, Op 67

Judith Lang Zaimont: Calendar Collection for Solo Piano (excerpts)

Robert Schumann: Piano Quintet in E-flat major, Opus 44

 

sphinx150x150Sphinx Virtuosi with Catalyst Quartet
Sunday, October 30, 2016, 3pm  | Ordway Concert Hall
Since their debut at Carnegie Hall in 2004, the Sphinx Virtuosi, led by the Catalyst Quartet, has been recognized as one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, these alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences.

Pacifica String Quartet with Johannes Moser, cello | Music in the Park Series
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 4pm, Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
Known for their virtuosity, exuberance, and often-daring repertory choices, the Pacifica Quartet consistently plays with “clarity, perfect togetherness and the finest of tuning” (The London Times). Their numerous awards include the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2006, Musical America’s “Ensemble of the Year” in 2009, and a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Chamber Music Performance. Internationally recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of string quartet cycles, the Pacifica performed all of the Beethoven quartets on Music in the Park Series over three seasons, from 2008-2011. The Pacifica String Quartet’s immersive and unforgettable style takes us to a realm “to which only the miracle of music can transport us” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser, top prize-winner in the 2002 Tchaikovsky Competition, joins the Pacifica in Schubert’s beloved String Quintet and a new quintet by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Julia Wolfe, a co-commission of the Schubert Club and three partnering presenters.
Accordo: November 7, 2016Accordo
Monday, November 7, 2016, 7:30pm | Plymouth Congregational Church
Wolf: Italian Serenade
Beethoven: String Quintet in C, Op. 29
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4
 
NPR’s From the Top with Christopher O’Rileyfromthetop_150x150
Sunday, November 13, 2016, 3pm | Ordway Concert Hall
From the Top is America’s largest national platform dedicated to celebrating the stories, talents, and character of classically-trained young musicians. Through live events, NPR and YouTube broadcasts, scholarships, and leadership programs, From the Top empowers these extraordinary young people to engage and inspire music lovers of all ages.
 
Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, pianoAugustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano | International Artist Series
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall
With a remarkable consistency throughout his repertoire—from Paganini to Adès—violinist Augustin Hadelich continually astonishes audiences with a phenomenal technique and poetic sensitivity seldom seen in a single artist. In fact, after his January, 2014 performance of the Beethoven violin concerto at Disney Hall, his uncanny blend of technical mastery and refreshing spontaneity prompted the Los Angeles Times to enthusiastically applaud his “pinpoint intonation and surprising turns of phrase.” Similarly, pianist Joyce Yang—who at just 29 years of age has performed as soloist around the world—repeatedly dazzles audiences and critics alike with sheer technique, while simultaneously creating “moment after moment that surprises the listener with a bit of extra musical insight” (Aspen Times). A native of Seoul, South Korea, Yang took her first piano lesson when she was just four years old and entered the prestigious School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts just six years later at the age of 10. The Schubert Club is thrilled to present these two remarkable artists—gifted with extraordinary technical skills and innate artistry—together on the same stage as part of this year’s International Artist Series.
Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, pianoAugustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano Coffee Concert | International Artist Series
Thursday, December 1, 2016, 10:30am | Ordway Concert Hall
With a remarkable consistency throughout his repertoire—from Paganini to Adès—violinist Augustin Hadelich continually astonishes audiences with a phenomenal technique and poetic sensitivity seldom seen in a single artist. In fact, after his January, 2014 performance of the Beethoven violin concerto at Disney Hall, his uncanny blend of technical mastery and refreshing spontaneity prompted the Los Angeles Times to enthusiastically applaud his “pinpoint intonation and surprising turns of phrase.” Similarly, pianist Joyce Yang—who at just 29 years of age has performed as soloist around the world—repeatedly dazzles audiences and critics alike with sheer technique, while simultaneously creating “moment after moment that surprises the listener with a bit of extra musical insight” (Aspen Times). A native of Seoul, South Korea, Yang took her first piano lesson when she was just four years old and entered the prestigious School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts just six years later at the age of 10. The Schubert Club is thrilled to present these two remarkable artists—gifted with extraordinary technical skills and innate artistry—together on the same stage as part of this year’s International Artist Series.
 
Gil Shaham, solo violinGil Shaham, solo violin | International Artist Series
Sunday, January 8, 2017, 3pm | Ordway Music Theater
To say that Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time may actually be a bit of an understatement. Shaham’s career took off in 1989 when he replaced the legendary Itzhak Perlman (who was unable to perform for health reasons) for a six-concerto, three-night marathon with the London Symphony Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall. Still a high school senior and a student at Juilliard, Shaham stepped off the Concorde at Heathrow to find a throng of reporters, onlookers, and curiosity seekers. If the 18-year old seemed unfazed by it all, perhaps it’s because he’d made his debut with the Jerusalem Symphony at age 10 and with the Israel Philharmonic the following year. His flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as a true American master. A multiple Grammy Award-winner and Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” Shaham has played virtually every major concert hall in the world. The Schubert Club is thrilled to welcome Gil Shaham back to the Ordway Music Theater stage for a single performance this season and his second appearance in the International Artist Series.
"Portals" with Tim FainTim Fain’s “Portals: A Multi-Media Exploration of Longing in the Digital Age” | Schubert Club Mix
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 7:30pm, TPT Street Space
This live concert/video hybrid presentation by violinist Tim Fain is his musical exploration of the human longing for connection in the digital age. Expect a combination of music, film and dance including a work for solo violin by Philip Glass (written for Fain), film choreographed and directed by Black Swan’s Benjamin Millepied, the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composers Aaron Jay Kernis, William Bolcom, and Kevin Puts, and the acclaimed Nico Muhly and Lev Zhurbin, all interwoven with films by Kate Hackett and spoken-word poetry by Leonard Cohen, read by radio personality Fred Child.  

“I wanted to expand on what a performance can be. Plenty of people use video, but I wanted to make something that really reflected growing up with Skype and Facebook—I mean, I’m addicted to my phone as much as everybody else, but I wanted to use that for something compelling and beautiful.” -Tim Fain

AccordoAccordo: January 24, 2017: Silent Movie Night
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall
Back by popular demand! An evening of silent film with original compositions by Stephen Prutsman. This special concert will feature original music by Stephen Prutsman accompanied by the screening of cinematic masterpiece Sherlock, Jr. plus a newly commissioned work. Stephen Prutsman will join Accordo as the guest pianist for this presentation. 
Danish String QuartetDanish String Quartet | Music in the Park Series
Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4pm | Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
The Danish String Quartet’s joy for making music and “rampaging energy” (The New Yorker) is utterly infectious. Embodying the quintessential elements of chamber music ensemble, these self-proclaimed “modern vikings” have reached dizzying heights in their first 10 years. The quartet combines a passion for Scandinavian composers – whom they frequently incorporate into adventurous contemporary programs – with highly skilled and profound performances of the classical masterpieces. Their recording, “Wood Works,” a journey through Nordic folk music, was named Best Classical Album of 2014 by NPR.  The Danish String Quartet continues to solidify their sterling reputation as “one of the best quartets before the public today” (Washington Post) – all without pillaging cities or razing the English coastline!
Yolanda Kondonassis & Jason Vieaux | Music in the Park Series
Sunday, March 5, 2017, 4pm | Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
Hailed as “a brilliant and expressive player” (Dallas Morning News), Yolanda Kondonassis is celebrated as one of the world’s premier solo harpists  Since making her debut at age 18 with the New York Philharmonic and Zubin Mehta, she has performed across the globe as a concerto soloist and in recital, bringing her unique brand of musicianship and warm artistry to an ever-increasing audience. A published author, speaker, professor of harp, and environmental activist, she brilliantly weaves her many passions into a vibrant, multi-faceted career. Joining her for for this Music in the Park Series concert is world-renowned guitarist, Jason Vieaux, who, in the words of NPR, is “perhaps the most precise and soulful classical guitarist of his generation.”  The New York Times lauds his playing as “virtuosic, flamboyant, dashing and sometimes ineffably lyrical.”  With his remarkably varied repertoire, Jason Vieaux is hailed by critics as the classical guitarist who goes beyond the classical. The Kondonassis-Vieaux album, appropriately titled “Together,” offers a glimpse into the vast musical possibilities of this instrumental collaboration. 
HH_131x131Hill House Chamber Players
Monday, March 6, 2017, 7:30pm, James J. Hill House
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K.493

Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata

Clara Wieck Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op 17

 
Accordo: November 7, 2016Accordo
Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:30pm | Plymouth Congregational Church
Beethoven: Piano Trio in G Major, Op. 1 #2
Shostakovich: String Quartet #4 in D Major, Op. 83
Schumann: Piano Quintet in Eb Major, Op. 44
Guest artist: Anna Polonsky, piano
HH_131x131Hill House Chamber Players
Monday, March 13, 2017, 7:30pm, James J. Hill House
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, K.493

Rebecca Clarke: Viola Sonata

Clara Wieck Schumann: Piano Trio in G minor, Op 17

 

tenThing, 10-piece women's brass ensembleten Thing | Schubert Club Mix
Thursday, March 16, 2017, 7:30pm | Aria
World-renowned Norwegian trumpeter, Tine Thing Helseth formed her ten-person (all female) brass ensemble in 2007 after she and some trumpet playing friends watched a string orchestra.  They were inspired to recreate the same level of ensemble on brass instruments, playing great repertoire at the highest level possible.  tenThing’s music are all original arrangements by Norwegian guitarist and arranger Jarle G. Storløkken. Their pieces (sometimes with choreography) span an eclectic range of repertoire from Grieg and Bizet to Piazzolla and Kurt Weill.

Alina Ibragimova & Cedric TiberghienAlina Ibragimova, violin & Cédric Tiberghien, piano | Music in the Park Series
Sunday, March 26, 2017, 4pm | Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
Performing music from baroque to new commissions, on both modern and period instruments, Russian-born violinist Alina Ibragimova seemingly defies the laws of physics, playing with an “immediacy and honesty” that collapses “any sense of distance between performer and listener” (The Guardian). Ibragimova has a long-standing partnership with pianist Cédric Tiberghien, whose flourishing international career spans five continents where he has performed at some of the world’s most prestigious halls. In the words of BBC Music Magazine, “Few players of this music combine such clarity and articulation with shimmering sparkle and virtuosic flair; this is sophisticated pianism.”
Accompanied by Malcolm Martineau—one of the world’s leading collaborative pianists and favorite among Schubert Club audiences—soprano Miah Persson and baritone Florian Boesch each make their debut in the The Schubert Club’s International Artist Series. As a member of the Royal Swedish Opera, soprano Miah Persson has wowed audiences with “spine-tingling moments of vocal splendour” (Edinburgh Spotlight), while the effusive and natural brightness of her voice beguiles listeners with a “sense of gentle repose . . . mixing charm, depth and romantic ardour” (The Sunday Times). Similarly, Austrian baritone Florian Boesch “doesn’t just sing this music, he inhabits it to the hilt” (The Independent), delivering “a lived experience, with flashes of transcendence” (The New York Times). Helping to shape this special performance, pianist Malcolm Martineau, brings extraordinary chemistry and freshness to every piece of music he plays. Don’t miss this unique, one-of-a-kind performance by three international masters.
 
Accompanied by Malcolm Martineau—one of the world’s leading collaborative pianists and favorite among Schubert Club audiences—soprano Miah Persson and baritone Florian Boesch each make their debut in the The Schubert Club’s International Artist Series. As a member of the Royal Swedish Opera, soprano Miah Persson has wowed audiences with “spine-tingling moments of vocal splendour” (Edinburgh Spotlight), while the effusive and natural brightness of her voice beguiles listeners with a “sense of gentle repose . . . mixing charm, depth and romantic ardour” (The Sunday Times). Similarly, Austrian baritone Florian Boesch “doesn’t just sing this music, he inhabits it to the hilt” (The Independent), delivering “a lived experience, with flashes of transcendence” (The New York Times). Helping to shape this special performance, pianist Malcolm Martineau, brings extraordinary chemistry and freshness to every piece of music he plays. Don’t miss this unique, one-of-a-kind performance by three international masters.
Roomful of TeethRoomful of Teeth | Schubert Club Mix
Thursday, April 5, 2017, 7:30pm | Aria
Roomful of Teeth is a Grammy-winning eight-person vocal project dedicated to mining the expressive potential of the human voice.  They have studied Tuvan throat singing, yodeling, Hindustani music and other vocal techniques from around the world to shape their unique sound.  The performance at Aria will include a world premiere of a new commission by experimental pop artist Nick Zammuto and the Minnesota premiere of group member Caroline Shaw’s Pulitzer Prize-winning composition, Partita for 8 Voices, “A highly polished and inventive a cappella work uniquely embracing speech, whispers, sighs, murmurs, wordless melodies and novel vocal effects” (New Amsterdam Records).

Co-presented by The Schubert Club, Walker Art Center and the SPCO’s Liquid Music Series

Sunday, April 23, 2017, 4pm | Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ
The Daedalus String Quartet is joined by Twin Cities cellist Wilhelmina Smith and actor Linda Kelsey for the final Music in the Park Series performance of the 2016-2017 season. Praised for its adventurous exploration of contemporary music, the New York-based Daedalus Quartet has established itself as a leader among the new generation of string ensembles. Wilhelmina Smith has received critical acclaim as a solo recitalist, chamber musician and orchestral soloist in the United States and abroad. Rounding out this special performance is Minnesota’s own Linda Kelsey, a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe-nominated actor with an extensive and impressive array of stage and screen credits. Kelsey, Smith and the Daedalus will explore music and literary texts associated with Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata.
Alexandre Tharaud, pianoAlexandre Tharaud, piano | International Artist Series
Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30pm | Ordway Concert Hall
Despite a flourishing international career that includes performances at such legendary venues as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in his native Paris, pianist Alexandre Tharaud only played in the U.S. for the first time in January 2015. Clearly, it was well worth the wait. NY Times critic Vivien Schweitzer hailed his debut performance at Carnegie Hall as full of both “articulation and wild exuberance.” As the son of a dance teacher at the Opéra de Paris and the grandson of a violinist, it should come as no surprise that Tharaud’s technical expertise, his “range of touch and colour, and his sheer enthusiasm, shine through every jewel-like piece” (The Guardian.) What is a bit strange, perhaps, is that Tharaud refuses to keep a piano at his own residence for fear that he will come to prefer improvisation and experimentation to rigorous practice. All the better for his audiences who continually delight in his “crisply articulated and vividly etched” (NY Times) renditions of Bach and others. The Schubert Club is proud to welcome Alexandre Tharaud to the Ordway Concert Hall stage for two dates in April 2017 for his International Artist Series debut.
Alexandre Tharaud, pianoAlexandre Tharaud, piano Coffee Concert | International Artist Series
Friday, April 28, 2017, 10:30am | Ordway Concert Hall
Despite a flourishing international career that includes performances at such legendary venues as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in his native Paris, pianist Alexandre Tharaud only played in the U.S. for the first time in January 2015. Clearly, it was well worth the wait. NY Times critic Vivien Schweitzer hailed his debut performance at Carnegie Hall as full of both “articulation and wild exuberance.” As the son of a dance teacher at the Opéra de Paris and the grandson of a violinist, it should come as no surprise that Tharaud’s technical expertise, his “range of touch and colour, and his sheer enthusiasm, shine through every jewel-like piece” (The Guardian.) What is a bit strange, perhaps, is that Tharaud refuses to keep a piano at his own residence for fear that he will come to prefer improvisation and experimentation to rigorous practice. All the better for his audiences who continually delight in his “crisply articulated and vividly etched” (NY Times) renditions of Bach and others. The Schubert Club is proud to welcome Alexandre Tharaud to the Ordway Concert Hall stage for two dates in April 2017 for his International Artist Series debut.
HH_131x131Hill House Chamber Players
Monday, May 1, 2017, 7:30pm, James J. Hill House
Lili Boulanger: Two Morceaux: Nocturne and Cortege
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Piano Trio in D minor, Op 11
Gabriel Faure: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op 15

 
HH_131x131Hill House Chamber Players
Monday, May 8, 2017, 7:30pm, James J. Hill House
Lili Boulanger: Two Morceaux: Nocturne and Cortege
Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel: Piano Trio in D minor, Op 11
Gabriel Faure: Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor, Op 15

 

Christopher O'riley plays Goldberg Variations and solo piece by GlassChristopher O’Riley | Schubert Club Mix
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 6pm | TPT Street Space
American pianist (and host of NPR’s From the Top) Christopher O’Riley will play J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations paired with Metamorphosis No. 2 by Philip Glass. Come early to enjoy interactive technology components.

Christopher O'riley plays Goldberg Variations and solo piece by GlassChristopher O’Riley | Schubert Club Mix
Thursday, May 11, 2017, 8:30pm | TPT Street Space
American pianist (and host of NPR’s From the Top) Christopher O’Riley will play J.S. Bach’s Goldberg Variations paired with Metamorphosis No. 2 by Philip Glass. Come early to enjoy interactive technology components.
Accordo: November 7, 2016Accordo
Monday, May 15, 2017, 7:30pm | Plymouth Congregational Church
Schumann: Märchenerzählungen (Fairy Tales), Op. 132
Hindemith: Clarinet Quartet
Brahms: Piano Quartet in A Major, Op. 26
Guest artists: Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet & Anna Polonsky, piano
Accordo: November 7, 2016Accordo
Monday, June 5, 2017, 7:30pm | Plymouth Congregational Church
Mozart: selected Preludes and Fugues, K. 404a
Bach/Sitkovetsky: Goldberg Variations
 

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