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Announcing the 2016-17 Courtroom Concert Season

By Schubert Club

Announcing the 2016-17 Courtroom Concert Season
(Free weekly noontime concerts at Landmark Center)

SAINT PAUL, MN (September 15, 2016) —The Schubert Club’s popular Courtroom Concert Series, hosted by Composer-in-Residence Abbie Betinis, opens its 24th season of free weekly concerts on Thursday, October 13 at noon. Courtroom Concerts are held most Thursdays, October 13 through April 27, in Courtroom 317 of Landmark Center. They are free and open to the public. The Courtroom Concert Series is co-sponsored by Minnesota Landmarks and the Schubert Club.

Courtroom Concerts feature local artists of the highest caliber from the Twin Cities and nearby surrounding area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area. Highlights in the 2016-17 season include Flying Forms Baroque Ensemble, Elkina Sisters piano duo, Artaria String Quartet, Andrew Lovato, baritone, Ladyslipper Ensemble, Laura Caviani Jazz Trio and the Lux String Quartet. This season will also continue the tradition of highlighting music by Minnesota composers including Jeffrey Van, Linda Kachelmeier, Patrick O’Shea, Abbie Betinis, and Edie Hill, along with the return of the ever-popular “Songs of for the Season, by Minnesota Composers” concert in December.  The Courtroom Concerts will also feature winners–past and present–from the Schubert Club’s Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition.

These one-hour concerts often reach capacity. Complimentary coffee is served.
About the Host:
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.

Courtroom Concerts 2016-2017 Schedule

October 13
Samuel Calvo Rosenstone, piano; Keith Yánes, bass; Tarek Abdelqader, drums

October 20
I. Dolce Wind Quintet
II. Christopher Atzinger, piano

October 27
Francesca Anderegg, violin; Brent Funderburk, piano

November 3
Belka Quartet

November 10
I. Mimi Tung, piano
II. Aura Duo: Laura Sewell, cello; Ora Itkin, piano

November 17
Andrew Lovato, baritone; Mary Jo Gothmann, piano

December 8
Imuka Singers

December 15
Songs for the Season by Minnesota Composers
Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Laura Betinis, alto;
Nicholas Chalmers, tenor; Timothy C. Takach, bass

December 22
Laura Caviani Jazz Trio

January 5
I. Ian Snyder, violin; Susan Garrelts, piano
II. Charles Asch, cello; Ann DuHamel, piano

January 12
I. Eric Broker, baritone; Lara Bolton, piano
II. C.J. Longabaugh, saxophone; Justin Sales, saxophone; Casey Rafn, piano

January 19
I. Academy of Voices
II. Nancy Oliveros, violin; Mary Ellen Haupert, piano

January 26
Hannah Peterson Green, flute; Joe Trucano, piano

February 9
Irina and Julia Elkina, duo piano

February 16
Music of Minnesota Composers Linda Kachelmeier and Patrick O’Shea:
Alan Dunbar, baritone; Meredith Mihm, piano

February 23
I. Nirmala Rajasekar, veena
II. Flying Forms: Marc Levine, baroque violin; Tulio Rondón, baroque cello; Tami Morse, harpsichord

March 2
Artaria String Quartet

March 9
Ladyslipper Ensemble:
Sahar Hassan, mezzo soprano; Phil Rukavina, theorbo; Paul Berger, lute; Ginna Watson violin; Mary Burke, viola da gamba

March 23
Music of Minnesota Composer Abbie Betinis

March 30
Brannon Cho, cello

April 6
Music of Minnesota Composer Jeffrey Van:
Jeffrey Van, guitar; Brenda Mickens, violin; Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano

April 13
Musicians from Lakes Area Music Festival

April 20
Music of Schubert Club Composer Mentorship Students
Lux String Quartet

April 27
Music of Minnesota Composer Edie Hill
Linda Chatterton, flute; Kristian Anderson, guitar

Schedule subject to change. 
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