Since 1893, Schubert Club has invited the world’s great recital soloists and ensembles to the Twin Cities and has promoted the superb musical talents of our community through performances, education, and museum programs. One of the first arts organizations in the country, Schubert Club remains today one of the nation’s most vibrant, relevant, and respected music organizations.
Schubert Club’s International Artist Series has presented many of the world’s great recitalists including Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Isaac Stern, Beverly Sills, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Leontyne Price, Yo-Yo Ma, and Renée Fleming to name a few.
In 2010, the Music in the Park Series, founded in 1979 by Artistic Director Emerita Julie Himmelstrup, merged with Schubert Club. That series features national and international chamber ensembles in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of Saint Paul. In 2014, Schubert Club introduced Schubert Club Mix, its convention-breaking performance series in nontraditional venues. Additional series include Accordo, a string collective comprising current and former members of the Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and a free weekly lunchtime Courtroom Concert series presented from October through April at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul featuring Minnesota-based artists and composers.
Not only a concert presenter, Schubert Club has engaged in music education programs since 1911. Schubert Club currently reaches two thousand youth annually through varied activities such as KidsJam music workshops, Project CHEER free music lessons in neighborhood locations, master classes and scholarship awards that allow students to pursue their music studies more intensively.
The recently renovated Schubert Club Music Museum, located in historic Landmark Center, holds two exciting new interactive galleries – the Music Makers Zone, where visitors can explore, discover and create music with instruments from around the globe, and Keyboard Journey Gallery, an immersive focus on the sights and sounds of Schubert Club’s keyboard collection – from a 16th century spinet to iconic 20th century electro-mechanical keyboard instruments like the Fender Rhodes piano and the Hammond organ. Composer letters from the Gilman Ordway Manuscript Collection are also on display together with a selection of historical music players that brought music into the home.
Schubert Club maintains a commitment to affordable ticket prices for all concert presentations, as well as cost-free education programs and museum entrance, thanks to endowment gifts and annual donations.
Schubert Club is one of four founding members of the Arts Partnership, programming a vibrant future for the performing arts in downtown St. Paul together with the Ordway, Minnesota Opera and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.