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Press Release: Schubert Club Courtroom Concerts Winter & Spring 2014

By Schubert Club

For Immediate Release:

Media Contact:
Tessa Retterath Jones
[email protected]

Thursdays at Noon • January 2 – April 24
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Free Admission
SAINT PAUL, MN—The Schubert Club’s popular COURTROOM CONCERT SERIES, hosted by composer-in-residence Abbie Betinis, will resume on January 2, 2014, continuing through the end of April. Now in its 21st Season, the Courtroom Concert Series picks up with the long-anticipated Part II of the Dmitri Shostakovich String Quartets Cycle performed by Artaria String Quartet.  Highlights of 2014 include the Elkina Sisters Piano Duo, the Lorelei Ensemble, Charanga Tropical and Pavia Winds. This season the Courtroom Concerts will also continue to feature Minnesota composers including Abbie Betinis, Libby Larsen, and Edie Hill. Also featured will be one of Schubert’s most beloved song cycles: Die schöne Müllerin performed by David Kent Morgan, recent first place winner in the Vocal Division of Schubert Club’s Scholarship Competition.
Winter/Spring Schedule:

January 2, 9, 16, 23
Artaria String Quartet, Shostakovich Quartet Cycle Part II
February 6
David Kent Morgan, tenor & Jenya Trubnikava, piano – Schubert’s Die 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

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.  The audience is wel­come to bring a lunch or purchase a sandwich at Anita’s Cafe on the ground floor of Landmark Center.  Complimentary coffee is served.
The Courtroom Concert Series, which runs from October 17 through April 24, is co-sponsored by Minnesota Landmarks and The Schubert Club. It features local performing artists of the highest caliber from the Twin Cities and surrounding metro­politan area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area.
Composer Abbie 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.
For more information on The Schubert Club and its programs please visit
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.  Following decades of musical collaboration, Music in the Park Series is now part of The Schubert Club.  Founded over 30 years ago, Music in the Park Series engages outstanding artists and chamber ensembles to present concerts in St. Anthony Park’s United Church of Christ.
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