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Press Release: The Schubert Club presents Music and Tales from The Schubert Club Manuscripts

By Schubert Club

For Immediate Release:

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The Schubert Club presents 
Vern Sutton: Music and Tales from The Schubert Club Manuscripts 
on Thursday, February 20, 2014
as part of its Live at the Museum series
ST. PAUL, MN (January 30, 2014) – The Schubert Club is pleased to present the third Live at the Museum concert of the season: Music and Tales from The Schubert Club Manuscripts. Vern Sutton will narrate the evening providing a glimpse into the lives of famous composers such as Haydn, Liszt and Gershwin through their letters on display in The Schubert Club Museum. He will be joined by special guests Maria Jette, soprano; Michael Sutton, violin & Donald Livingston, keyboards. Enjoy stories and live performances of their music with historically enlightened ears.

Thursday, February 20 • 7:30 PM
The Schubert Club Museum, Landmark Center, Saint Paul
75 W. 5th St, St. Paul
All concerts $12 advance / $16 at the door
Tickets online at or call (651) 292-3268

For more information on The Schubert Club and its programs please visit
About Vern Sutton:
Vern Sutton has collaborated with most of the major Minnesota musical organizations as a singer, actor, director and educator. In 1963 he was a founding member of the Center Opera Company, which later became the Minnesota Opera, and has, throughout his career, been closely associated with contemporary opera, having music written specifically for his voice by Dominick Argento, Robert Ward, Conrad Susa, and Libby Larsen, among others. For 36 years (1967-2003) he was an award-winning Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Music, directing the Opera Theater (for thirty years) and teaching music classes. Sutton has also worked with opera companies and theaters across this country and in England, singing, directing, and teaching master-classes.

About Maria Jette:
Maria Jette has appeared with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin and San Antonio Symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony and Portland Baroque Orchestra, and for many merry seasons with Ex Machina Antique Music Theatre in the Twin Cities where she is often heard locally with Vocalessence, Chamber Music Society of Minnesota and Lyra Baroque Orchestra. Ms. Jette has performed her own production of Seuss/Kapilow’s Green Eggs & Ham for over 50,000 children around the USA. A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals and the Oregon Festival of American Music, she is often heard nationally on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion.
About Michael Sutton:
A native of Minneapolis, Michael Sutton joined the Minnesota Orchestra in 1997. He performed Martinů’s Three Madrigals with violist Kenneth Freed at a 2007 chamber music concert, and he has appeared on Sommerfest programs playing chamber music with pianist William Wolfram and violinist Pekka Kuusisto. Sutton earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Raphael Bronstein and Ariana Bronne. There he received the Kortschak Award for Chamber Music and the Bauer Award for Outstanding Accomplishment. Sutton was a concertmaster of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach for four years. He recently returned there for a solo engagement under the baton of Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas. Sutton was also a leader at the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival and the Pacific Music Festival in Japan. He enjoys being a second violin coach for the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies.
About Donald Livingston:
Donald Livingston is a specialist in early keyboard performance, and in addition to solo performances has appeared with such groups as The Rose Ensemble, Minnesota Bach Society, Lyra Baroque, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, La Donna Musicale, Ensemble Polaris and the Bach Sinfonia of Washington, D.C. He is currently the instrumental director for Consortium Carissimi, and is the founder of Col Basso, a period-instrument group dedicated to performances of rarely heard works for instruments of the continuo family. Donald is organist and director of music at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Minneapolis, and instructor of harpsichord at Concordia University.
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