FINALISTS, 2019 – March 16, Macalester College
Piano Level I
Skyler Chan (P106- Piano), Plymouth, MN
Christopher Chen (P109- Piano), Eden Prairie, MN
Athena Wang (PP110- Piano), Edina, MN
Aurora Wang (P103- Piano), Shoreview, MN
Clara Wrolstad (P114- Piano), Minnetrista, MN
Piano Level II
Austin Cheng (P216- Piano), Maple Grove, MN
Peter Gavrilyuk (P211- Piano), St. Paul, MN
Ryan Holt (P210- Piano), Brooklyn Park, MN
Kriill Nazarov (P209- Piano), Faribault, MN
Anson Tiong (P215- Piano), Lakeville, MN
Sarah Zhang (P214- Piano), Woodbury, MN
Piano Level III
Curtis Baum (P305- Piano), St. Paul, MN
Andrew Cannestra (P313- Piano), Northfield, MN
Anthony Cardella (P318- Piano), Appleton, WI
Neil Krzeski (P319- Piano), Appleton, WI
Bowen Liu (P302- Piano), Arden Hills, MN
Hung Nguyen (P307- Piano), Appleton, WI
Piano Level IV
Brian Billion (P401- Piano), Sioux Falls, SD
Gregory Hartmann (P409- Piano), New Berlin, WI
Trevor Magness (P407- Piano), Iowa City, IA
Minhee Park (P404- Piano), Minneapolis, MN
Voice Level I
Arachtingi, Emma (V106- Soprano), Burnsville, MN
Carleen Baron (V107- Soprano), Mosinee, WI
Alexandra Burch (V124- Soprano), West Salem, WI
Nicholas Fahrenkrug (V119- Baritone), Appleton, WI
Miranda Kettlewell (V112- Soprano), St. Paul, MN
Julia Woodring (V109- Mezzo), Northfield, MN
Lauren Zimmerman (V128- Soprano), Northfield, MN
Voice Level II
Alyssa Becker (V210- Mezzo), Minneapolis, MN
Madison Holtze (V222- Soprano), Minneapolis, MN
Erica Hoops (V208- Soprano), Northfield, MN
Bridget Johnston (V211- Soprano), Waukee, IA
Josey Poppin (V209- Mezzo), St. Paul, MN
Kellen Schrimper (V207- Baritone), Waukee, IA
Emily Weaver (V220- Soprano), La Crosse, WI
Voice Level III
Christina Christensen (V309- Mezzo), Brooklyn Center, MN
Raymond Graybar (V306- Baritone), La Crosse, WI
Audra House (V305- Mezzo)
Jessica Johnston (V301- Mezzo), St. Paul, MN
Ji Lu (V308- Baritone), Minneapolis, MN
Strings Level I
Kana Aihara (S102- Violin), Roseville, MN
Dennis Eum (S107- Cello), Edina, MN
Emily Kleiber (S106- Violin), Hudson, WI
Andrea Wallick (S101- Cello), Apple Valley, MN
Strings Level II
Cate Carson (S209- Violin), Northfield, MN
Joelle Chen (S206- Viola), Lakeville, MN
Monona Suzuki (S214- Violin), Fitchburg, WI
Katia Tesarczyk (S203- Violin), St. Paul, MN
James Thompson (S208- Violin), Faribault, MN
Strings Level III
Arjun Ganguly (S313- Viola), St. Cloud, MN
Lydia Grimes (S305- Viola), Shoreview, MN
Martha Mulcahy (S302- Viola), St. Paul, MN
Inkyung Alison Oh (S303- Violin), Minneapolis, MN
Ethan Schlenker (S309- Cello), Normal, IL
Abigail Spichke (S304- Violin), Plymouth, MN
Strings Level IV
John Belk (S408- Cello), Maple Grove, MN
Melissa Deal (S406- Violin), Bloomington, MN
Louisa Woodfull-Harris (S407- Violin), St. Paul, MN
James Zabawa-Martinez (S409- Violin), Minneapolis, MN
Brass & Woodwinds Level II
Charles Gannon (BW201- Saxophone), Mendota Heights, MN
Elizabeth Kleiber (BW205- Flute), Hudson, MN
Kalina Lee (BW207- Oboe), Eden Prairie, MN
Timothy Rosno (BW208- Trombone), West Saint Paul, MN
Jonah Walt (BW203- Saxophone), Hastings, MN
Brass & Woodwinds Level III
Emily Brewer (BW311- Saxophone), Fond du Lac, WI
Jacob Ford (BW309- Trumpet), Collegeville, MN
Gilbert Garza (BW314- Saxophone), Iowa City, IA
Jonathan Hart (BW317- Saxophone), Iowa City, IA
Noah Livingston (BW302- Flute), Roseville, MN
Sean Miller (BW318- Saxophone), Iowa City, IA
Jena Nahnsen (BW307- Clarinet), Ames, IA
Eli Ross (BW306- Trumpet), Minneapolis, MN
Russell Sweet (BW310- Saxophone), St. Paul, MN
SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS, 2019 – March 17, Macalester College
Piano Level I
Piano Level II
Piano Level III
Piano Level IV
Voice Level I
Thelma Hunter Award
Voice Level II
Voice Level III
Strings Level I
Strings Level II
Strings Level III
Strings Level IV
Brass & Woodwinds Level II
Brass & Woodwinds Level III
We are very pleased to share with you our 137th season, featuring the International Artist Series at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and the Music in the Park Series at Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ.
We are also excited to introduce our second annual Featured Ensemble of the Season, the Danish String Quartet.
The quartet follows Nicola Benedetti’s highly acclaimed 2018-2019 season of concerts, masterclasses, and community engagement activities as Schubert Club’s first Featured Artist.
During the upcoming 2019-2020 season, the Danish String Quartet will visit Twin Cities twice. On November 1st, the Quartet will come for a short visit to play a program of Scandinavian folk music from their second album, “Last Leaf,” as part of Schubert Club Mix. In May, the Quartet will return to perform the full cycle of Beethoven string quartets over a series of six concerts as we celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The full series of Beethoven concerts comprises the Quartet’s Music in the Park Series performance and two recitals on the International Artist Series, plus three additional concerts. Those who purchase the full six concert package will receive free passes to a pre-series “Introduction to Beethoven and his string quartets” with musicologist and University of Minnesota lecturer Daniel Freeman, and will be invited to a post-series reception with the quartet members immediately following the 6th and final performance.
Subscriptions will be on sale Tuesday, March 5 at 10:00am. Single tickets will be on sale August 1, 2019 at 11am.
The best way to guarantee tickets to these very popular series is to purchase a subscription.
2019-2020 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST SERIES
Ordway Music Theater
Joshua Bell’s career spans more than thirty years as a chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, and he stands as one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. With repertoire and performances ranging from Bach to jazz standards to world music, his restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” His curiosity and clarity of insight are a testament to his belief in the power of music as a unifying cultural force. An artist of precision and passion, Bell is committed to the violin as an instrument of expression and a vehicle for realizing the new and unexplored. As an exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums garnering Grammy®, Mercury®, Gramophone and ECHO Klassik awards. Bell has spent time previously in the Twin Cities area as an Artistic Partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), and has performed with the SPCO and the Minnesota Orchestra, and twice as part of the International Artist Series The Schubert Club is delighted to welcome him back to the Ordway stage in 2019.
Friday, December 6, 2019, 10:30 am
Ordway Concert Hall
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the brightest young stars on the classical music scene and the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, is already in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide, and his spectacular performance at the Royal Wedding in 2018 endeared him to millions of viewers across the globe. In January 2018, his debut recording for Decca Classics, Inspiration, was released, propelling Sheku to a debut spot at number 18 in the official UK album charts, and number 1 in the classical chart. As The Telegraph notes, Sheku is “ a superstar who’s also a true artist in the making.” For his International Artist Series debut in the Ordway Concert Hall, Sheku’s program features Beethoven’s Variations in F Major Opus 66, Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Barber and Rachmaninov, and Lutoslawski’s Grave.
Ordway Music Theater
Grammy Award-winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov – winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award – has made a spectacular ascent in the classical music world as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. Trifonov recently added a first Grammy Award to his already considerable string of honors, winning Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, a double album of Liszt’s works that marks his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. As The Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.” Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Trifonov began his musical training at the age of five, and went on to attend Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman, before pursuing his piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. When he premiered his own Piano Concerto in 2013, the Cleveland Plain Dealer marveled: “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.”
Ordway Music Theater
Soprano Angela Gheorghiu is one of the most passionate and talented vocal artists working in opera today, a larger-than-life figure whose intensity and drive both on stage and off have commanded the attention of the musical world. Ms Gheorghiu’s magnificent voice and dazzling stage presence have established her as one of the most renowned opera singers of our time. Born in a small town in Romania, Gheorghiu knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue music as a career. Since her professional debut in 1990, she has performed in leading roles of operas at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, Milan’s La Scala, and many other opera houses around the world. Gheorghiu has performed many of the most iconic soprano roles, including Mimi in La Boheme, Juliette in Romeo and Juliette, the title roles in Tosca and Madame Butterfly and of course La Traviata. For her International Artist Series Debut, Gheorghiu will be joined by fellow Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu.
Sunday, May 17, 2020 , 3:00 pm
Ordway Concert Hall
The Danish String Quartet made its debut at the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. Regular audience members of Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series know them as one of the greatst string quartets touring the world today, performing classical, contemporary, and Scaninavian folk music with passion and precision. In 2012, The New York Times selected the quartet’s concert as a highlight of the year, saying the performance featured “one of the most powerful renditions of Beethoven’s Opus 132 String Quartet that I’ve heard live or on a recording.” Since 2007, the group has curated its own annual festival —DSQ Festival— in Nyboder, Copenhagen. 2016 marked the beginning of Series of Four, the quartet’s new concert series in the concert hall of The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen.The quartet was also named as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist for 2013-15. The Quartet’s performances on the International Artist Series will be two of the six concerts in which they will perform the full cycle of Beethoven String Quartets. They will present two different programs on May 15 and May 17, and we encourage you to attend both, or to purchase the entire Beethoven Series!
2019-2020 MUSIC IN THE PARK SERIES
Formed in 2013, the Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long and fruitful relationship between pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the now disbanded Tokyo String Quartet. Mr. Parker was the quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation between Parker, first violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation.Named after Chateau Montrose, a storied Bordeaux wine long favored after concerts, with a nod to the Montrose Arts District of Houston and the street in Winnipeg where Mr. Beaver was raised, the Montrose Trio has quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction. In 2015 the Washington Post raved about their “absolutely top-notch music making, as fine as one could ever expect to hear…they are poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world.” Their program features Dvorak’s Trio in E Minor “Dunky” and Schubert’s Trio in E Flat.
Formed in 2003, the Modigliani Quartet performs regularly at the world’s top chamber music venues, touring America, Japan, Korea, China and European countries. In 2017, they made their Berlin Philharmonie debut and returned to London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Paris Philharmonie, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Tokyo’s Oji Hall. In 2014, the Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud and made famous by its former artistic director, Mstislav Rostropovich. The quartet first recorded in 2008 and has released 8 CDs, all internationally acclaimed. Its latest, Schumann’s Op. 41 String Quartets, was issued in November 2017. Their program for this Music in the Park Series debut features Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, Haydn’s Quartet in D Minor “Fifths,” and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor.
The Skride Piano Quartet is made up of four like-minded musicians who have each achieved success as a soloist at the highest levels: Baiba Skride, Lise Berthaud, Harriet Krijgh, and Lauma Skride. The 2016-17 season included performances at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Musikverein Wien, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Malmo Chamber Music Festival, and BASF Ludwigshafen. Upcoming performances include the Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Essen, and Great Guild Hall Riga.Their program for the Music in the Park Series will feature Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo Concertate in F, Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in B minor, and Enescu’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in D.
Violinist Susie Park first picked up a violin at age three and made her solo debut at five. A native of Sydney, Austrailia, Susie launched her international career at age 16, when she took first place in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition in France. This led to performances and reengagements throughout the US, Europe, and her native Australia, where highlights included performances for crowds of over 120,000. Susie went on to receive additional top honors at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the Wieniawski Competition in Poland. Susie has grown into a musician distinguished by unusual passion and versatility, and today performs internationally as an orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. She currently serves as the first associate concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra and is a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.
Sunday, April 26, 2020, 4:00 pm
Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble-playing,” the ensemeble has toured throughout the United States and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. The quartet has also appeared as concerto soloists with the Bogata Filharmonica, the Sphinx Virtuosi, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The Danish String Quartet made its debut at the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. Regular audience members of Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series know them as one of the greatest string quartets touring the world today, performing classical, contemporary, and Scaninavian folk music with passion and precision. In 2012, The New York Times selected the quartet’s concert as a highlight of the year, saying the performance featured “one of the most powerful renditions of Beethoven’s Opus 132 String Quartet that I’ve heard live or on a recording.” The Quartet’s performances on the Music in the Park Series will be one of the six concerts in which they will perform the full cycle of Beethoven String Quartets.
Subscriptions on sale Tuesday, March 5, 10:00 am
Reinaldo Moya is Schubert Club’s Composer in Residence. “The Way North” is included in a new recording by Matthew McCright, piano called “What is Left Behind.” The recording and Moya’s new work is featured in a recent article in the Star Tribune here.
In 2016, I was approached by pianist Matthew McCright to write a substantial piece for solo piano. I knew that I wanted to write a kind of narrative work; a cycle that would cover a story in a series of short interconnected sections. Matthew and I had initially discussed the idea of writing about immigration in this cycle. It is a topic that I keep coming back to as a composer. As an immigrant myself, I am inspired by the stories of those who have had to find a new home away from their country and culture of birth. I also suspect that through my musical works, I am working out some of the conflicting emotions I have about being an immigrant: how after a certain period of time, no place truly feels like home anymore. This feeling of emotional “homelessness” has fueled a lot of my compositional work in the recent years.
When I started composing The Way North in earnest, I wanted to tell the story of Latin American migration to Minnesota, especially through the I-35 Corridor. I did some research, and I kept reading that in some ways, the most difficult part of these migrants’ journeys happens before they arrive in the United States. My gaze shifted southward and I decided to tell the story of an unnamed migrant from Central America, through Mexico, and finally arriving in the United States.
The journey is flanked by two crossings, the first one is into Mexico, on its Southern border. The second is into the United States, near Laredo, Texas. The first crossing is easier, simpler as though unaware of the perils to come. The second crossing is treacherous, as the migrant makes their way across the dangerously strong waters of the Rio Grande.
Shortly after getting to Mexico, our migrant boards La Bestia (The Beast) one of the trains that migrants take to make the journey across Mexico. Many people fall off, are pushed off, or get dismembered trying to climb on or off the train. Our fictional migrant rides this train, falls asleep (which is when we hear the Nocturne) and is then awoken and has to run to avoid getting caught by immigration officials.
Fuga is a kind of play on words, in Latin fuga means to flee, which is what our migrant does in this whole piece. Also, Fugue is of course one of the main musical metaphors for struggle and conflict, so I liked playing with that idea. However, the fugue keeps getting interrupted. My thinking here is that the fugue metaphor breaks, because the reality of this situation is darker and grimmer than what an “academic” fugue can portray, hence why the fugue eventually runs out of steam and kind of evaporates. Metaphors (even musical ones) can’t properly grasp this reality.
Other movements along the way refer to a quiet stop at a sanctuary church. Las Chepas: Ghost Town refers to one of many such towns along the US/Mexico boarder that have become deserted because the migrants no longer choose to cross into the US at those points, usually because the US or the drug cartels have closed off that spot. This movement quotes from the song José Pérez León by a Mexican norteño group Los Tigres del Norte. This song is a ballad about the story of a migrant making his way across Mexico. He dies aboard La Bestia as he runs out of oxygen inside one of the containers on the train. I had a vision of our migrant walking around the deserted town, and hearing this song echoing on an old distant radio. As he gets closer, the song comes into view before it disappears again. An interesting aspect of the José Pérez León song is that it shares a motive from the opening song of Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrender Gesellen. Mahler’s elegiac song cycle also refers to a wanderer seeking meaning amid a convoluted world. The movement brings together three converging stories of journeymen, and the pathos associated with their difficult travels.
The Elegy for the Nameless refers to a passage from one of the books that I read in my research, “The Beast: Riding the Rails and Dodging Narcos on the Migrant Trail” by Óscar Martínez; which describes the tracks along the Beast train as a “cemetery for the nameless” because of all the people who have perished along the way whose names we will never know. I thought that honoring these nameless victims would be a suitable ending for the cycle. Dreams of Flight, finds the elegy aloft. I wanted the ending to provide a ray of hope. To be able to fly away like a bird and be free and not have to worry about borders.
Listen to the piece on Spotify here: https://open.spotify.com/album/3csYIY59Ud0zORefiRVKfF?si=gxmwdyTWRMWWOFa9mSIaPw
Download the album on Apple Music here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/
Schubert Club has been a concert presenter for 125 years! Our first recital in 1893 featured the German pianist Adele Aus der Ohe. For each of those 125 years, our recital series has included 4 or 5 artists.
We have 5 International Artist Series recitals again this coming season – no surprises there! But for the first time in our history, we have a Featured Artist for the year. Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, a beloved musician in Europe since 2004 when she won the BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition at the age of 16, will be in residence at Schubert Club in early October and again in January.
Nicola will perform works by Johannes Brahms (with pianist Alexei Grynyuk) in Schubert Club Mix on October 2nd – and talk about her special love for Brahms’ music. She also presents a recital program in two January performances at the Ordway, a program which includes the American premiere of a piece written for her by Wynton Marsalis.
A big reason why I’m excited to have her be our inaugural Featured Artist is that she’s not only an amazing musician on the stage, but that she is one of the most committed musicians to the importance of music in the lives of young people. Indeed her musical prowess together with her fervor for music education and the inclusion of music in the lives of young people have earned her an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) and the Queen’s Medal for Music.
Interspersed with Nicola’s various concert appearances in October and January, Nicola will be teaching violin masterclasses, working with student string players at the Minnesota Youth Symphonies, and bringing young musicians into classrooms to perform for students who have had little – or maybe no – exposure to live music and musicians.
In partnership with Minnesota Public Radio, we’ll be broadcasting live, recording some of her concerts and making video footage of her musical interactions with young people.
As I look ahead to future years and the kinds of artists and ensembles whom I’d like Schubert Club to invite as Featured Artists, I see a wide variety of possibilities in terms of programming, commissioning new works, community engagement and recording. The purpose will always be to encourage visiting musicians to show us what makes them interesting and special, both as artists and as human beings. Nicola’s array of musical pursuits during the coming season here in the Twin Cities will certainly give us an insight into Nicola Benedetti the musician and the person.
The Schubert Club is honored to announce Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as its first ever “Featured Artist”, giving us an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with an artist or ensemble over the course of a season. Nicola will come to Saint Paul twice during the 2018-2019 season. She will perform as part of Schubert Club Mix in October 2018 and a pair of recitals in the International Artist Series in January 2019.
In addition to these performances, Nicola will spend time in the Twin Cities meeting and working with children in various community settings, something she has a strong passion for.
She is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation and performs on the Gariel Stradivarius (1717). Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons at the age of five. She has since gone on to collect many awards and titles including “Best Female Artist” at both the 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards and the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest ever recipient. In addition to her busy orchestra and recital schedule, Benedetti is fiercely committed to music education and has her own education initiative called “The Benedetti Sessions” that give young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe masterclasses culminating in a performance alongside Nicola.
Schubert Club Mix: Nicola Benedetti, violin & Alexei Grynyuk, piano
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30pm
Aria, 105 N 1st St, Minneapolis
This Schubert Club Mix performance will explore Brahms’s music and life story through the lens of the violin sonatas.
International Artist Series: Nicola Benedetti, violin & Alexei Grynyuk, piano
For Benedetti’s International Artist Series debut in the Ordway Concert Hall, she will give the U.S. premiere of a new work for solo violin written for her by Wynton Marsalis and will be joined for the rest of the program by her regular duo partner, pianist Alexei Grynyuk.
Executive Assistant and Artist Coordinator
Supervisor: Barry Kempton
Positions Supervised: None
Schedule/Hours: M-F, 40hrs/wk
The Executive Assistant & Artist Coordinator is responsible for providing complete administrative support to the Artistic and Executive Director by providing information, scheduling meetings, keeping records and managing communications with multiple constituents, especially the Board of Directors, artists and artist agents, the Arts Partnership and external partners of Schubert Club. S/he is also responsible for specific finance procedures and is the primary receptionist for office visitors.
- Oversee the day-to-day operations of the office of the Schubert Club’s Artistic and Executive Director to facilitate efficient and often confidential practices in support of daily activities and events.
- Coordinate incoming and outgoing communications on behalf of the Artistic and Executive Director.
- Coordinate travel arrangements for the Artistic and Executive Director.
- Manage internal and external scheduling for the Artistic and Executive Director.
- Prepare written correspondence and presentation material.
- Answer calls for Schubert Club on an ongoing basis. Address or refer calls as appropriate.
- Manage and maintain filing systems to ensure access to current and archived documentation.
- Collaborate with Executive Assistants of other Arts Partnership organizations.
- Coordinate Board activities and provide administrative support in the planning, scheduling and reporting at events and meetings to facilitate the efficient and confidential functionality of daily activities and events.
- Communicate regularly with Board members regarding upcoming events and meetings, and serve as the Board’s liaison for Schubert Club related business.
- Collaborate with Board and Committee Chairs to prepare meeting agendas, minutes, and board reports.
- Attend Board meetings and record minutes.
- Maintain all Board archival materials.
- Facilitate the process for providing information and answering other requests from current and past Board members.
- Provide work direction to other Schubert Club staff members involved in Board meeting preparations.
- Oversee all logistics on the day of Board meetings.
- Coordinate logistics for Board member annual events.
- Manage, arrange, and organize resources on behalf of Schubert Club for all contracted guest artists to ensure the highest quality experience for all involved.
- Act as liaison to all guest artists including the coordination of travel, ground transportation, hotel reservations, performance times, opening parties, public relations/media appearances, and backstage assistance.
- Ensure details in contracts and technical riders are communicated and coordinated.
- Manage and execute technical requirements of concerts which may include arranging staging, lighting, sound equipment, operators, piano tuning, page-turners and other related concert production requirements.
- Manage and communicate complimentary seat requests with box office.
- Process payroll if the Finance Manager is unavailable.
- Handle health-related and other personnel/artist emergencies or concerns.
- Handle artist visa petition applications when needed.
- Attend concerts and provide hospitality to guest artists as required.
- Manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of Schubert Club offices to ensure an efficient and productive work atmosphere.
- Act as primary receptionist for in-person visitors and share responsibility for answering in-coming phone calls.
- Advise staff regarding office procedures and best practices, consistent with the Employee handbook.
- Act as a primary contact for Landmark Center.
- Collaborate and coordinate absences with front office colleague(s) to ensure front office duties are covered.
- Manage and maintain filing systems, both electronic and paper.
- Support and foster Schubert Club’s collaborative business practices to ensure that all organizational activities support Schubert Club’s mission successfully.
- Answer incoming box office phone calls to assist with ticket sales and audience customer support as needed.
- Assist with museum activities as needed.
- Assist with office-wide projects as needed.
- Act as a steward and liaison with the public at Schubert Club events, to foster the positive reputation of Schubert Club.
EDUCATION, QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
- A. or B.S. in Business Administration, Arts Administration, or other related field preferred.
- Minimum 5 years of Executive Assistant experience or similar administration management required.
- Proficiency with Word, Excel and Powerpoint.
- Experience with concert production and/or stage management of classical music events.
- Experience taking accurate minutes for meetings.
- Familiarity with artist contracts and technical riders.
- Knowledge of music and/or professional performing arts required.
- Ability to conduct internet research efficiently and accurately.
- Clean driver’s license and own transportation required.
- Continuous sitting and computer use.
- Must be able to lift up to 40lbs.
HOW TO APPLY
- Please send resume, letter of intent, and 3 professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 27, 2018.
We are sorry to announce that baritone Samuel Hasselhorn has had to cancel his November 29 & December 1, 2018 Schubert Club engagements due to unforeseen professional and personal circumstances. We try to avoid artist changes whenever possible, but we thank you for understanding when these occasions do arise.
Though disappointed by this news, we are delighted to announce that English baritone Christopher Maltman and pianist Audrey Saint-Gil will perform a program titled “Carnival of the Animals” in his place.
About Christopher Maltman
A globally-renowned Don Giovanni, Christopher Maltman has sung the role in London, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Toulouse, San Sebastian, Beijing and Chicago, and adds New York and Edinburgh this year. He is singing the lead in Nico Mulhy’s new opera “Marnie” opposite Isabel Leonard at the Met this coming fall. He won the Lieder prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World early in his career and has continued to delight audiences with his sensitive and engaging song performances, many of which are documented in acclaimed recordings. His Schubert Club song recital, “Carnival of the Animals,” will feature works by Poulenc, Schumann, Ravel, Reger, Chabrier, Wolf, and Flanders and Swann.
Since you had purchased tickets to the Samuel Hasselhorn performance, your tickets will automatically be switched and there is no further action required. If you do have any questions about your tickets, please contact our ticket office at 651.292.3268. Tickets will be mailed in early September 2018.
After 39 wonderful years of leading the Music in the Park Series, founder Julie Himmelstrup is retiring. We asked former Schubert Club Board Member and long time devotee to the series, Lynne Beck, to share some of Julie’s accolades with us.
A 55-year resident of the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Music in the Park Series Founder and Artistic Director Julie Himmelstrup had a vision of creating a chamber music series in the acoustically and architecturally superb St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ. Working with a committee of neighborhood residents, she launched the series in 1979 with a budget of $5,000. The first season, featuring the 25-member Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, flutist Julia Bogorad, Grammy award-winning guitarist Sharon Isbin, and pianist Thelma Hunter, was a success.
To make the gatherings educational and accessible, the Series also includes pre-concert talks about the music and meet-the-artist receptions after the performance. From its beginnings as a small neighborhood treasure, Julie developed Music in the Park Series into a nationally recognized chamber music series.
Julie Himmelstrup is a beloved figure in local music circles and beyond. A much-lauded impresaria, she has a unique intuitive ability to select and present the best chamber musicians. Prominent artists from Scandinavia, France, Czech Republic, Russia, Germany, Austria, Mexico, England, United States; and the Twin Cities such as pianist Lydia Artymiw; violinists Steven Copes, Erin Keefe, and Jorja Fleezanis; Minnesota Orchestra conductor and clarinetist Osmo Vanska, and jazz pianist Butch Thompson, to name of few, have graced the Music in the Park Series stage.
Several times a year, musicians perform for students in St. Anthony Park Schools and residents of the St. Anthony Park Home for seniors. These free outreach activities give school audiences, who represent the full diversity of St. Paul School students, and seniors, who are unable to attend concerts outside their facility, a rare opportunity to experience a live performance by world-class musicians.
Early on, Julie developed a hands-on approach which included ticket sales, marketing, budget development (the series has never had a deficit), fundraising, program planning, communication with artists and management, as well as forming partnerships with local businesses, churches and other non-profits in the community.
The three-concert Family Concert Series, established almost 30 years ago, first took place at the St. Anthony Park Library and later at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in St. Anthony Park. These family-friendly events feature prominent Twin Cities musicians along with world-class ensembles from the chamber music series. The artists present programs of folk, ethnic and classical music that include storytelling, dance and audience participation for children of all ages and their families.
“No arts administrator in my 35 year career as a musician has been more supportive of my work than Julie Himmelstrup. I loved to bring ideas for new programs to Julie and she would say, “What do you need?” She encouraged me to dream big and to think big and her support made it possible to develop new shows that had a life well beyond the Music in the Park Family Concert Series.” Ross Sutter (acclaimed local artist who has appeared on the Family Concert Series numerous times.)
Julie believed in presenting emerging as well as prominent established musicians. Young artists like Alisa Weilerstein (sought-after solo artist and 2011 recipient of the MacArthur “genius grant”),” Mark Kosower (Principal Cello of the Cleveland Orchestra and avid soloist), and Christopher O’Riley (acclaimed pianist and host of MPR’s From the Top) performed on Music in the Park Series at very young ages. Mark Kosower was only 9! Other musicians first played on the series before presenting their recitals at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Julie has introduced new music to audiences by commissioning works and regularly presenting contemporary classical music. She has a passionate dedication to new music and the promotion of Minnesota composers. Music in the Park Series has commissioned and/or premiered works by local composers Randall Davidson, Carol Barnett, Stephen Paulus, Libby Larsen and David Evan Thomas as well as national composers like Pulitzer Prize-winner Aaron Jay Kernis; Pulitzer prize and MacArthur “genius grant”-winner Julia Wolfe; MPR’s Piano Puzzler and writer Bruce Adolphe; and prolific piano soloist and visual artist Lera Auerbach.
“No community is truly great without art as its core.” “She loved the music, she loved art, she loved community. It takes a rare person to be able to provide the kind of atmosphere, accommodations, travel planning and love that has brought the absolute top international musical performers to our little neighborhood for almost 40 years. Julie has been able to do it with an indefatigable combination of intellect, charm, hard work and heart,” said Jon Schumacher, Executive Director of the St. Anthony Park Community Foundation.
After 39 years of leading the series, Julie is stepping down as artistic director at end of the 2017-2018 season. The season finale on April 15, 2018 brought the series full circle with a performance by both the current and the original members of the Lark Quartet who played on the series in their early years. Park Bugle stated that it was truly a “standing ovation for Julie.”
Julie Himmelstrup, 81, has spent almost four decades advocating for musicians and their audiences in the Twin Cities community. By presenting quality chamber music in a variety of settings, she has had an extraordinary impact on thousands of people of all ages and backgrounds. Julie has dedicated her life to creating and nurturing a distinctive chamber music series that reaches well beyond the boundaries of the St. Anthony Park neighborhood. Fortunately for all who love her and Music in the Park Series, her legacy will continue in the capable hands of Barry Kempton and the Schubert Club, the area’s oldest music organization.
Announcing the Sixth Season of Schubert Club Mix
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Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant artists who are influencing the musical landscape of today. A mix of old and new, presented in stylish venues across the Twin Cities, this series is unique to the Schubert Club and not to be missed.
For our sixth season, Schubert Club Mix expands to a new venue, Machine Shop in the St. Anthony Main district of Minneapolis!
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30pm
Aria, 105 N 1st St, Minneapolis
Schubert Club Mix kicks off for the season at one of our audience’s favorite locations, the hip and stylish downtown Minneapolis warehouse-converted-event-spac
Wednesday, November 7, 7:30pm
Summit Beer Hall, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul
The Harlem Quartet brings a program featuring its distinct mixture of classical and jazz influenced music. Formed in 2006 by the Sphinx Organization, the quartet now performs around the world including a current three-year residency at London’s Royal College of Music. The quartet has been praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” Schubert Club Mix audiences love to hear “new attitude!” By popular demand, we’ll be returning to Summit Beer Hall for this exciting performance. Come early for free brewery tours, food trucks, and, of course, beer.
Thursday, February 21, 7:30pm
Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE
Based out of New York (but originally from Seattle), the self-described “accidental brass quartet” featuring two trumpets and two trombones takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), this Mix performance in our newest venue, Minneapolis’s Machine Shop, will explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Expect the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30pm
James J. Hill Center, 80 W 4th St
The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet plays to sold-out houses worldwide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. For this program, we return to the beautiful James J. Hill Center (formerly the Hill Reference Library). In an intimate space, surrounded by thousands of books, you’ll experience a program that promises to transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience.
Thursday, May 9, 7:30pm
Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE, Minneapolis
A relatively new ensemble (formed in 2016), Chalaca explores the confluence of cultures found in South America and the Caribbean with a unique combination of clarinet, harp, and percussion. Following the migration of rhythm from Africa and Europe, to the Andean Mountains, to the Amazon…and finally, right to the heart of America, Chalaca is a celebration of the composers who have immigrated to the United States from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela…alongside the folk masters who inspired them.
Thursday, May 23, 7:30 pm
TPT Street Space, 172 4th St E,
This unique performance at TPT Street Space in Lowertown, St. Paul will feature a partially staged opera by Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence Reinaldo Moya. Among the singers and instrumentalists featured in this chamber opera is mezzo soprano Clara Osowski. The opera tells the story of Luis Garzón, a Mexican musician who immigrated to Minneapolis in 1886 and opened a small Mexican grocery store, or tienda, in St. Paul in the 1920s. While Luis had married an American woman and was fully integrated into Minneapolitan society, his store served as a community hub for the newest arrivals from Mexico, many of whom had fled the Mexican Revolution and now toiled in the sugar beet farms of rural Minnesota. Tienda explores the immigrant experience: what must be left behind—and what cannot be forgotten—on the journey to a new home. This world premiere performance of Tienda is one of the highlights of Moya’s two-year residency with the Schubert Club.
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The tenth season of Accordo was announced last night to subscribers and ticket holders at the season closing concert for 2017-2018. Starting with the 2018-2019 season, Accordo’s Monday evening performances will move to the new Westminster Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis (1200 Marquette Ave S). Completed in January 2018, this brand new performance space offers a superb acoustic and beautiful gathering spaces with free, on-site underground parking. Four Monday evening concerts will be presented in this space.
Barry Kempton, Schubert Club Artistic and Executive Director, states, “Our decision to relocate Accordo’s Monday evening concert series to the new Westminster Hall in downtown Minneapolis is founded on our desire to provide Accordo’s devoted audience members with the best chamber music concert experience we can. Not only does Westminster Hall promise a beautifully designed, intimate, acoustically superior space but it also offers the convenience of on-site, underground parking and easy accessibility.”
The season, titled “Schubertiade”, will focus on chamber music by Franz Schubert including popular works such as the String Quintet in C Major, the Trout Quintet and the Piano Trio in Eb Major. Guest musicians appearing with Accordo include pianists Shai Wosner and Gilles Vonsattel, double bassist Zachary Cohen, and cellist Peter Wiley (formerly a member of the Guarneri Quartet.) The entire audience is invited to join the musicians for a reception with light refreshments immediately after each Westminster performance.
The fifth and final concert of the season will be presented at Ordway Concert Hall in downtown St. Paul. Back by popular demand for the third year, this concert will feature silent films with original live music by Accordo written by Stephen Prutsman. Prutsman will also join on piano for this special concert.
Additionally, all four Monday evening concerts will be repeated at Icehouse on the following Tuesday in an abbreviated format, expanding the number of these more casual, but very popular concerts.
Accordo Season 10: Schubertiade
Monday, October 8, 2018
Cherubini: String Quintet in E Minor
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major
(with Peter Wiley, cello)
Monday, December 3, 2018
Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 1 #1 in Eb
Penderecki: String Trio
Schubert: Trout Quintet
(with Gilles Vonsattel, piano and Zachary Cohen, double bass)
Monday, February 4, 2019
Dvorak: Terzetto for 2 Violins & Viola
Harbison: November 19, 1828
Schubert: Piano Trio in Eb Major, Opus 100
(with Shai Wosner, piano)
Monday, March 11, 2019
David Ludwig: Rule of Three for 2 Violins & Viola
Mozart: String Quintet in Bb Major, K. 174
George Benjamin: Viola, Viola
Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Accordo with Silent Film
(with Stephen Prutsman, piano)
Accordo at Icehouse
Icehouse performances are abbreviated programs of the night before in a more relaxed atmosphere. Icehouse concerts are only available for purchase as single tickets.
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Packages On Sale May 29, 2018 at 9am
Package holders get the best prices and the best seats!
Five-concert and three-concert packages to the Monday evening performances and Ordway Silent Film performance are available starting Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9am and can be purchased online at schubert.org/accordo or by calling the Schubert Club Ticket Office at 651.292.3268. Icehouse concerts are not eligible for package inclusion. Renewing Subscribers will be mailed a renewal packet with preassigned seats.
Single tickets start at $25 and are on sale August 1, 2018 at 11am.