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By Schubert Club

For Immediate Release:

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Tessa Retterath Jones
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Thursdays at Noon • October 17–April 24, Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
SAINT PAUL, MN (October 15, 2013)—The Schubert Club’s popular COURTROOM CONCERT SERIES, hosted by composer Abbie Betinis, opens its season of free, weekly concerts on Thursday, October 17 at noon. Now in its 21st Season, the Courtroom Concert Series features local performing artists of the highest caliber from the Twin Cities and surrounding area.

The opening concert on October 17 features Trio 612 (Linda Chatterton, flute, Joel Salvo, cello and Matthew McCright, piano) performing music by local composer David Evan Thomas, continuing the tradition of focusing on Minnesota composers at least one concert per month.  This season also promises to present some of Schubert’s most beloved works such as his Death and a Maiden Quartet and Die schöne Müllerin, as well as the long anticipated Part II of the Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartets Cycle performed by Artaria String Quartet.

Courtroom Concerts are held each Thursday in beautiful Courtroom 317 of Landmark Center, and are free and open to the public. Programs last one hour and complimentary coffee is served.  The concerts start on October 17 and run through April 24. Co-sponsored by Minnesota Landmarks and The Schubert Club

2013-2014 Concert Schedule

October 17
Trio 612: Linda Chatterton, flute, Joel Salvo, cello, Matthew McCright, piano
Music of David Evan Thomas
October 24
Centre Street Quartet, Schubert’s Death and a Maiden 
October 31
Ensemble 61, Music of Mary Ellen Childs
November 7
Pat O’ Keefe, clarinet and Paul Cantrell, piano; Alyssa Anderson, mezzo-soprano and Joseph Spoelstra, guitar
Music of Daniel Nass & Paul Cantrell 
November 14
Daria Adams, violin, Cléa Galhano, recorder, Layton James, harpsichord 
November 21
Zeitgeist, Margaret Humphrey, violin, Momoko Tanno, soprano, Asako Hirabayashi, harpsichord Music of Asako Hirabayashi
December 12
Dolce Wind Quintet with Sue Ruby, piano
December 19
Carols of MN Composers 
January 2, 9, 16, 23
Artaria String Quartet, Shostakovich Quartet Cycle Part II
February 6
David Kent Morgan, tenor & Jenya Trubnikava, piano Schubert’s schöne Müllerin

February 13
Lorelei Ensemble
February 20
Phoebe Dalton, violin & Min Jung Kim, piano
February 27
Michael Jorgenson, baritone & Bonnie Jorgenson, piano music of Theodora Cormontan
March 6
Irina and Julia Elkina, duo piano
March 13
Florestan Recital Project: Aaron Engebreth, baritone and Alison d’Amato, piano
Music of Libby Larsen  
March 20
Steven Marking, baritone and Ruth Palmer, piano
Duo Zeno: Preston Duncan, saxophone and Scotty Horey, marimba
March 27
Music of Abbie Betinis 
April 3
Mark Bilyeu & friends
April 10
Charanga Tropical
April 17
Pavia Winds Music of The Schubert Club Composer Mentorship Apprentices
April 24
Music of Edie Hill

For more information, please visit schubert.org/courtroomconcerts.

About Abbie Betinis, Courtroom Concert Host
Composer Abbie Betinis hosts each Courtrom Concert. Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb. whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe).  With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40.  A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University and composer-in-residence with The Schubert Club.
About The Schubert Club:
The Schubert Club is an internationally renowned performing arts organization dedicated to expanding the enjoyment of music through world-class recitals, premier educational programs and rare collections of musical treasures.
Founded in 1882, The Schubert Club maintains a highly regarded national and international reputation among leading classical music performers. Its International Artists Series has brought Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Alfred Brendel, Reneé Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, among many others, to the Twin Cities to perform in recital for sold-out audiences. 

The Schubert Club is a member of the Arts Partnership, programming a vibrant future for the performing arts in downtown St. Paul together with The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Minnesota Opera and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The organization’s website is schubert.org