Curious about the new Ordway Concert Hall?

By Barry Kempton

Last week I had the privilege of listening to the first music to be played on the stage of the new Ordway Concert Hall.  Our friends, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, had a rehearsal in the hall to test out the acoustic.  You might have seen or read something in the media about the rehearsal.  Here are a few links to some of the coverage:

Minnesota Public Radio: St. Paul Chamber Orchestra begins rehearsals in new hall by Euan Kerr
It’s now just two months until we get to hear the first performances on that stage, and I encourage you to consider attending one of the classical recitals during the Rock the Ordway opening festivities.

I am genuinely excited about the prospect of presenting recitals and chamber music in the new Ordway Concert Hall.  Please join me at one of the below performances in March and let me know what you think.



Pekka Kuusisto, violin & Dermot Dunne, accordion

Sunday, March 8, 2015 2pm

The Schubert Club welcomes highly creative Finnish violinist Pekka Kuusisto, who may be the best thing to happen to classical music in years (The Guardian).  Joined by accordionist Dermot Dunne in a program of J. S. Bach Violin Partitas interspersed with Scandinavian traditional tunes, hear Kuusisto “take every piece he performs, however familiar, back to first principles, stripping any vestige of interpretative tradition and playing it as though he were hearing it for the first time.”

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Love Songs featuring Vocal Soloists of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center

Friday, March 20, 2015 7:30pm

The Schubert Club presents Michelle Arezaga, soprano; Tamara Mumford, mezzo-soprano; Paul Appleby, tenor; Kelly Markgraf, baritone; Gilbert Kalish, piano; and Artistic Director Wu Han, piano.

While Robert Schumann’s Spanische Liebeslieder undoubtedly influenced Brahms’ instrumentation, the true inspiration behind Brahms’ beloved Liebeslieder Waltzes was Schumann’s daughter, Julie (an amorous infatuation of Brahms). Additional lieder from Schubert, Schumann, and Berg complete a program dedicated to affairs of the heart.

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92nd Annual Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition Winners Recital

Sunday, March 22, 1:00pm

The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards approximately $50,000 annually to young musicians. This special, free concert features the talented young winners from the 2015 competition.

FREE, but ticket required