Opening weekend features interactive musical instrument September 24-25
SAINT PAUL, Minn. (August 15, 2022) —Schubert Club, Minnesota’s oldest arts organization, launches its 140th Season with a trailblazing commission as part of its innovative series, Schubert Club Mix. On September 24-25, the multi-sensory installation Sound Sculpture, a musical instrument made up of illuminated building blocks, will be featured at Landmark Center in Saint Paul. Created by Boston-based MASARY Studios, the program includes a free interactive component on Saturday and two ticketed performances on Sunday.
On Saturday, the dynamic site-specific sound and light environment will be open to the public in the Landmark Center courtyard from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for visitors to explore, play, and create music. On Sunday, two live concerts – at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – will be performed with MASARY Studio co-founder and percussionist Ryan Edwards and Twin Cities based collaborating artists – co-director/cellist Michelle Kinney, choreographer Darrius Strong/STRONG Movement, and spoken-word artist Alexei Moon Casselle, aka Crescent Moon.
“I am thrilled to be sharing space with this incredible team of artists,” said Edwards. “They have joined me in this inquiry asking ‘what is an instrument’ as we look at both the most human answers to that question as well as those more technologically driven. I couldn’t ask for a more interesting, motivated, sincere and fun group of collaborators.”
Barry Kempton, Schubert Club Executive & Artistic Director, said, “Though we have 140 years of history to honor, Schubert Club is also very much focused on what classical music looks like today and in the future. Sound Sculpture is truly a 21st Century musical instrument that reframes what classical music can be and opens up all sorts of opportunities for music-making.”
Now in its ninth season, Schubert Club Mix is an inventive series that mixes old and new, taking the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant artists who influence the musical landscape of today.
Tickets ($33 general admission) for the Sunday concerts are on sale now and can be purchased online at schubert.org or by calling 651.292.3268.
Saturday Sept. 24, 2022 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
Cortile, Landmark Center
75 W. Fifth St., Saint Paul
Schubert Club Mix
Sunday, Sept. 25, 2022 at 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
75 W. Fifth St., Saint Paul
Tickets: $33 general admission
Box Office: schubert.org (online) or 651.292.3268
ABOUT SCHUBERT CLUB
Since 1893, Schubert Club has invited the world’s great recital soloists and ensembles to the Twin Cities and has promoted the superb musical talents of our community through performances, education, and museum programs. One of the first arts organizations in the country, Schubert Club remains today one of the nation’s most vibrant, relevant, and respected music organizations.
Schubert Club’s International Artist Series has presented many of the world’s great recitalists including Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Isaac Stern, Beverly Sills, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Leontyne Price, Yo-Yo Ma, and Renée Fleming to name a few. In 2014,
Schubert Club introduced Schubert Club Mix, its convention-breaking performance series in nontraditional venues. Additional series include the Music in the Park Series, which presents chamber music in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood, Accordo, a string collective comprising current and former members of the Minnesota Orchestra and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and a free weekly lunchtime Courtroom Concert series at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul featuring Minnesota-based artists and composers.
Not only a concert presenter, Schubert Club has engaged in music education programs since 1911. Schubert Club currently reaches two thousand youth annually through varied activities such as KidsJam music workshops, Project CHEER free music lessons in neighborhood locations, master classes and scholarship awards that allow students to pursue their music studies more intensively.
The recently renovated Schubert Club Music Museum, located in historic Landmark Center, holds two exciting new interactive galleries – the Music Makers Zone, where visitors can explore, discover and create music with instruments from around the globe, and Keyboard Journey Gallery, an immersive focus on the sights and sounds of Schubert Club’s keyboard collection – from a 16th century spinet to iconic 20th century electro-mechanical keyboard instruments like the Fender Rhodes piano and the Hammond organ. Composer letters from the Gilman Ordway Manuscript Collection are also on display together with a selection of historical music players that brought music into the home. For more information visit schubert.org.
ABOUT MASARY STUDIOS
MASARY Studios is a trans-disciplinary collective reconsidering environments through site-
specific installations using sound, light, interactivity, and performance. Based in Boston, the
studio’s practice includes live percussion performance, electronic music and production, facade
projection-mapped video, artistic research, technology and materials fabrication, and the
expansive use of dimensional animation. Founded in 2015, the studio is artist-owned and