Live Streaming Concerts Expands Access to Schubert Club

By Barry Kempton

This coming Thursday at 7:00pm, Schubert Club presents an encore performance of our lunchtime program Songs for the Season, a program dedicated entirely to holiday songs and carols created by Minnesota composers.  It is curated by Schubert Club composer-in-residence Abbie Betinis and colleague Max Carlson, and features an outstanding vocal quartet with guitar and cello accompaniment.  The evening performance, a full repeat of the noon concert, will be held at TPT’s Street Space in Lowertown St Paul.

Those who have attended this particular presentation in Decembers past know that this is a very popular lunchtime concert; so popular indeed that we have had to turn people away when the Courtroom in Landmark Center reaches capacity.  So, adding a repeat performance makes sense for that reason alone.

The 7:00pm performance will be a first for another reason:  we will live stream the concert.  It will be accessible to anyone around the world with access to the internet by going to our website,

More and more performers and presenters are making concerts and events available by live stream.  Our Schubert Club digital technology committee has discussed the merits of live streaming many times, as we see concerts and recitals available online through internet broadcasters like, as well as major institutions like Carnegie Hall and Wigmore Hall.

I’m really excited about Schubert Club’s first ever live-streamed concert.  Most importantly, it expands access to music by 15 Minnesotan composers beyond those who can make their way to downtown St. Paul to listen in the flesh.  I hope families, friends and fans of the composers and performers, indeed anyone with an interest in music written by living composers will join us remotely if they can’t be at the performance in person.

This will be an interesting experiment for us at Schubert Club and I expect that it will signal the introduction of further concerts and events broadcast via the internet.  However, I remain hesitant as to whether we will rush to introduce live streaming of all our concerts, at least in the near future.  For the time being, I expect us to pursue live streaming when a program is unique or in some way special to us as an organization.  So, programs like our Student Scholarship Competition Winners Recital “Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise” and other specially curated concerts will be our focus for live streaming in the next few years, rather than recitals presented in the International Artist Series or Music in the Park Series.   

Watching a live stream online is, of course, not the same as being in the actual room with musicians, music and an audience, a community of fellow music-lovers.  But for those who cannot attend in person for whatever reason, participating remotely is the next best thing.  Whether you join us in person or join us via the live feed, you will be warmly welcome.

Concert details:

Schubert Club presents Songs for the Season by Minnesota Composers

December 15, 2016
12pm Courtroom Concert at Landmark Center
7pm Encore performance at Twin Cities Public Television and streaming live online below

Both concerts are FREE, and we expect both concerts to reach capacity.
The 12pm performance will be first come, first served. We are no longer accepting reservations for the 7pm concert, though if you are interested in attending the concert, walk-ups are welcomed at the door.


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