Announcing the Voice, Brass & Woodwinds, and Guitar Finalists and Winners from the 2018 Schubert Club Competition

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FINALISTS, 2018 – March 10, Augsburg University

Voice Level I

Harper Atchison, V113
Roseville, MN
University of Northwestern, Saint Paul
Carol Eikum

Alexandra Burch, V120
West Salem, WI
Viterbo University
Dan Johnson Wilmot

Molly Hayes, V110
River Falls, WI
University of Wisconsin, River Falls
Joy Amel

Miranda Kettlewell, V102
Saint Paul, MN
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mimmi Fulmer

Alma Neuhaus, V126
Minneapolis, MN
St. Olaf College
Anna Mooy

Josey Poppin, V108
Saint Paul, MN
University of Northwestern, Saint Paul
Richard Joseph

Claire Powling, V101
Combined Locks, WI
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mimmi Fulmer

Olivia Schurke, V128
Maplewood, MN
St. Olaf College
Tracey Engleman

Trevor Todd, V133
Northfield, MN
St. Olaf College
Anna Mooy

Leah Wons, V124
Little Suamico, WI
Viterbo University
Dan Johnson Wilmot

Voice Level II

Eric Broker, V207
Minneapolis, MN
St. Olaf College
George Smith

Harrison Hintzsche, V216
Minneapolis, MN
Robert Smith

Erica Hoops, V201
Buffalo, MN
St. Olaf College
Tracey Engleman

Austin Sanders, V202
La Crosse, WI
Viterbo University
Daniel Johnson-Wilmot

Jack Swanson, V209
Stillwater, MN
Rice University
Stephen King

Voice Level III

Mark Billy, V303
New Brighton, MN
George Smith

Anna Hashizume, V310
Minneapolis, MN
Wendy Zaro-Mulins

Audra House, V309
Onalaska, WI
Viterbo University
Daniel Johnson-Wilmot

John Humphrey, V304
Oakdale, MN
University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music
Mary Kay Schmidt

Young Eun Lee, V301
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
John David De Haan

Brass & Woodwinds Level II

Charles Gannon, BW202, Saxophone
Mendota Heights, MN
St. Paul Academy & Summit School
Preston Duncan

Eva Garcia, BW210, Flute
Mendota Heights, MN
Saint Paul Academy and Summit School
Suzie Kuniyoshi

Owen Gordon, BW209, Clarinet
Edina, MN
Edina High School
Karrin Meffert-Nelson

Ellen Gross, BW208, Flute
Stillwater, MN
Stillwater Area High School
Alicia McQuerrey

Andrea Kloehn, BW201, Flute
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis South West High School
Immanuel Davis

Rebecca Tank, BW205, Saxophone
Hudson, WI
Hudson High School
Nancy McMillan

Brass & Woodwinds Level III

Ming-Hui Lin, BW314, Flute
Falcon Heights, MN
University of Minnesota
Immanuel Davis

Noah Livingston, BW306, Flute
Roseville, MN
St. Olaf College
Catherine Ramirez

Jacob Meyer, BW307, Clarinet
Saint Paul, MN
Scott Anderson

Hannah Peterson Green, BW311, Flute
Saint Paul, MN

Amelia Smith, BW310, Clarinet
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Tim Zavadil

Russell Sweet, BW308, Saxophone
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota
Preston Duncan

Robert Wakeley, BW304, Flute
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Immanuel Davis

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS, 2018 – March 11, Augsburg University

Voice Level I

1st Place
Claire Powling, V103
Combined Locks, WI
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mimmi Fulmer

2nd Place
Josey Poppin, V105
Saint Paul, MN
University of Northwestern, Saint Paul
Richard Joseph

Honorable Mention
Miranda Kettlewell, V104
Saint Paul, MN
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Mimmi Fulmer

Honorable Mention
Alma Neuhaus, V101
Minneapolis, MN
St. Olaf College
Anna Mooy

Voice Level II

1st Place
Austin Sanders, V201
La Crosse, WI
Viterbo University
Daniel Johnson-Wilmot

2nd Place
Jack Swanson, V205
Stillwater, MN
Rice University
Stephen King

Honorable Mention
Harrison Hintzsche, V203
Minneapolis, MN
Robert Smith

Voice Level III

1st Place
Mark Billy, V305
New Brighton, MN
George Smith

2nd Place
Anna Hashizume, V303
Minneapolis, MN
Wendy Zaro-Mulins

Honorable Mention
John Humphrey, V301
Oakdale, MN
University of Cincinnati- College Conservatory of Music
Mary Kay Schmidt

Brass & Woodwinds Level II

1st Place
Rebecca Tank, BW203, Saxophone
Hudson, WI
Hudson High School
Nancy McMillan

2nd Place
Andrea Kloehn, BW201, Flute
Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis South West High School
Immanuel Davis

Honorable Mention
Charles Gannon, BW202, Saxophone
Mendota Heights, MN
St. Paul Academy & Summit School
Preston Duncan

Brass & Woodwinds Level III

1st Place
Amelia Smith, BW301, Clarinet
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Tim Zavadil

2nd Place
Ming-Hui Lin, BW307, Flute
Falcon Heights, MN
University of Minnesota
Immanuel Davis

Thelma Hunter Schubert Club Award
Robert Wakeley, BW304, Flute
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Immanuel Davis

Guitar

1st Place
Filip Zivanovic, G08
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Maja Radovanlija

2nd Place
Samuel Hines, G04
Hales Corners, WI
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Rene Izquierdo

Honorable Mention
Alejandro Rodriguez, G07
Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Rene Izquierdo

Honorable Mention
Riley Smith, G10
Milwaukee, WI
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Rene Izquierdo

Announcing the Strings and Piano Finalists and Winners from the 2018 Schubert Club Competition

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FINALISTS, 2018 – February 24, Augsburg University

Piano Level I

Skyler Chan, P109
Plymouth, MN
Wayzata Central Middle School
Alexander Braginsky

Gideon Scheeler, P102
Saint Paul, MN
Christ’s Household of Faith
Elena Piastro

Jacob Taggart, P110
Blaine, MN
Saint Agnes School
Reid Smith

Sarah Zhang, P111
Woodbury, MN
Woodbury High School
Jessica Hong

Piano Level II

Amanda Chan, P210
Plymouth, MN
Wayzata High School
Alexander Braginsky

Austin Cheng, P211
Maple Grove, MN
Wayzata High School
Alexander Braginsky

Vinh Nguyen, P217
Fairbault, MN
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
Alexander Braginsky

Kimberly Shen, P220
Arden Hills, MN
Mounds View High School
Alexander Braginsky

Margaret Wang, P207
Eagan, MN
Eastview High School
Alexander Braginsky

Clara Xu, P215
Rochester, MN
Mayo High Schools
Horacio Nuguid

Piano Level III

Jay Grinols, P316
Northfield, MN
St. Olaf College
Kathryn Ananda-Owens

Ines Guanchez, P304
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Alexander Braginsky

Peter Lagershausen, P323
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Anthony Padilla

Bowen Liu, P325
Saint Paul, MN
University of Northwestern- St. Paul
Richard Lange

Hung Nguyen, P320
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Catherine Kautsky

Jackson Richards, P318
Moorhead, MN
Concordia College, Moorhead
Grigor Khachatryan

Piano Level IV

Priscilla Chang, P409
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Alexander Braginsky

Matthew Harikian, P404
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

Minhee Park, P410
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Alexander Braginsky

Garret Ross, P407
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota
Alexander Braginsky

Strings Level I

Dennis Eum, S106
Edina, MN
The Blake School
Hanno Strydom

Katya Moeller, S102
Coralville, IA
Northwest Junior High, Iowa City
Almita Vamos

James Thompson, S104
Brainerd, MN
Brainerd High School
Sally O’Reilly

Andrea Wallick, S108
Apple Valley, MN
Eastview High School
Tanya Remenikova
 

Strings Level II

Catherine Carson, S204
Northfield, MN
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
Sally O’Reilly

Christopher Kwon, S201
Maple Grove, MN
Maple Grove Senior High School
Silver Ainomae

Matthew Pakola, S210
Edina, MN
Edina High School
Korey Konkol

Katia Tesarczyk, S203
Saint Paul, MN
Saint Paul Central High School
Sally O’Reilly

Nygel Witherspoon, S205
Minneapolis, MN
Connections Academy
Tanya Remenikova

Joyce Zhao, S206
Edina, MN
Edina High School
Sally O’Reilly

Strings Level III

Sedra Bistodeau, S304
Princeton, MN
Bettina Mussumeli

Emera Guarth, S310
Sioux Falls, SD
Cleveland Institute of Music
Joan Kwuon

Sofia Schutte, S307
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Sally O’Reilly

Alastair Witherspoon, S305
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Sally O’Reilly

Imala Witherspoon, S309
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Sally O’Reilly

SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS, 2018 – February 25, Augsburg University

Piano Level I

1st Place
Gideon Scheeler, P101
Saint Paul, MN
Christ’s Household of Faith
Elena Piastro

2nd Place
Sarah Zhang, P104
Woodbury, MN
Woodbury High School
Jessica Hong

Honorable Mention
Skyler Chan, P102
Plymouth, MN
Wayzata Central Middle School
Alexander Braginsky

Honorable Mention
Jacob Taggart, P103
Blaine, MN
Saint Agnes School
Reid Smith

Piano Level II

1st Place
Kimberly Shen, P206
Arden Hills, MN
Mounds View High School
Alexander Braginsky

2nd Place
Vinh Nguyen, P205
Fairbault, MN
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
Alexander Braginsky

Honorable Mention
Austin Cheng, P203
Maple Grove, MN
Wayzata High School
Alexander Braginsky

Piano Level III

1st Place
Jay Grinols, P303
Northfield, MN
St. Olaf College
Kathryn Ananda-Owens

2nd Place
Jackson Richards, P304
Moorhead, MN
Concordia College, Moorhead
Grigor Khachatryan

Honorable Mention
Bowen Liu, P302
Saint Paul, MN
University of Northwestern- St. Paul
Richard Lange

Honorable Mention
Hung Nguyen, P305
Appleton, WI
Lawrence University
Catherine Kautsky

Piano Level IV

1st Place
Priscilla Chang, P404
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Alexander Braginsky

2nd Place
Garret Ross, P402
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota
Alexander Braginsky

Honorable Mention
Matthew Harikian, P401
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Lydia Artymiw

Strings Level I

1st Place
James Thompson, S102
Brainerd, MN
Brainerd High School
Sally O’Reilly

2nd Place
Katya Moeller, S101
Coralville, IA
Northwest Junior High, Iowa City
Almita Vamos

Strings Level II

1st Place
Nygel Witherspoon, S202
Minneapolis, MN
Connections Academy
Tanya Remenikova

2nd Place
Katia Tesarczyk, S205
Saint Paul, MN
Saint Paul Central High School
Sally O’Reilly

Honorable Mention
Catherine Carson, S206
Northfield, MN
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
Sally O’Reilly

Strings Level III

1st Place
Sedra Bistodeau, S301
Princeton, MN
Bettina Mussumeli

2nd Place
Sofia Schutte, S302
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Sally O’Reilly

Honorable Mention
Alastair Witherspoon, S305
Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota
Sally O’Reilly

Strings Level IV

1st Place
Kyle Price, S404
Madison, WI
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Uri Vardi

2nd Place
Jesse Nummelin, S403
Minneapolis, MN
Kathe Jarka

Honorable Mention
Elena Denny, S401
Saint Paul, MN
University of Minnesota
Tanya Remenikova

 

Announcing the 18-19 International Artist Series & Music in the Park Series

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We are very pleased to share with you our 136th season, featuring the International Artist Series at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and the Music in the Park Series at Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ. 

We are also excited to introduce our first annual Featured Artist of the Season, the remarkable Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti. Nicola will come to Saint Paul twice during the 2018-2019 season. She will perform a pair of recitals in the International Artist Series (January 2019) and will present a pair of concerts focused on Johannes Brahms as part of Schubert Club Mix (October 2018). In addition to these four performances, Nicola will spend time in the Twin Cities meeting and working with children in various community settings, something she has a strong passion for. 

Subscriptions will be on sale Monday, February 19 at 8:30am. Single tickets will be on sale Wednesday, August 1, at 11am.
The best way to guarantee tickets to these very popular series is to purchase a subscription. 

2018-2019 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST SERIES

Igor Levit, piano

Tuesday, October 30, 2018, 7:30pm
Ordway Music Theater

Winner of Gramophone’s “Recording of the Year 2016” award and most recently named the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, a $300,000 international piano prize conferred every four years, Igor Levit has now progressed from rising star to “one of the essential artists of his generation” (The New York Times). Born in Nizhni Nowgorod in 1987, Levit moved with his family to Germany at the age of eight where he currently resides. As the youngest participant in the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, Igor Levit won the Silver Prize, as well as the Prize for Best Performer of Chamber Music, the Audience Favorite Prize, and the Prize for Best Performer of Contemporary Music. After making his U.S. debut in 2015 and his International Artist Series debut in 2016, the Schubert Club enthusiastically welcomes this phenomenal young artist back, this time to the larger Ordway Music Theater, for a predominantly Germanic recital program featuring the music of Bach, Busoni, Schumann, Wagner and Liszt.

Samuel Hasselhorn, baritone
& Renate Rohlfing, piano

Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7:30pm
& Saturday, December 1, 2018, 10:30am
Ordway Concert Hall

Young German baritone Samuel Hasselhorn won first prize in the 2017 Das Lied International Song Competition in Heidelberg, Germany and in doing so established himself as an outstanding interpreter of art song in the tradition of Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau and Thomas Quasthoff.  Recognized for his charismatic stage presence and stunning vocal ability, his performances have been praised for offering “moments of emotion and pure musicality that will not soon be forgotten” (Crescendo Magazine).  Having recently made his U.S. debut and still a relative newcomer to American concert halls, the Schubert Club is pleased to be among the first U.S. presenters to welcome this fast rising vocal talent. For his Twin Cities debut performance in the Ordway Concert Hall, Hasselhorn will be joined by the pianist he collaborates with regularly, Renate Rohlfing.


Nicola Benedetti, violin
& Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Friday, January 18, 2019, 7:30pm
& Sunday, January 20, 2019, 3:00pm
Ordway Concert Hall

The Schubert Club is honored to announce Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as its first Featured Artist, giving us an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with an artist or ensemble over the course of a season.  Nicola’s residency includes a recital on the International Artist Series.  She is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation and performs on the Gariel Stradivarius (1717).  Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons at the age of five. She has since gone on to collect many awards and titles including “Best Female Artist” at both the 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards and the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest ever recipient. In addition to her busy orchestra and recital schedule, Benedetti is fiercely committed to music education and has her own education initiative called “The Benedetti Sessions” that give young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe masterclasses culminating in a performance alongside Nicola. For her International Artist Series debut in the Ordway Concert Hall, she will give the U.S. premiere of a new work for solo violin written for her by Wynton Marsalis and will be joined for the rest of the program by her regular duo partner, pianist Alexei Grynyuk.

Joyce DiDonato, mezzo soprano
& Craig Terry, piano with jazz trio

Monday, February 25, 2019, 7:30pm
Ordway Music Theatre

“Perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” (the New Yorker), multi GRAMMY Award winner Joyce DiDonato returns to the Schubert Club’s International Artist Series to perform a song recital in the Ordway Music Theater. With a voice that is “nothing less than 24-carat gold” as proclaimed by The Times, she is among the world’s most entrancing performers. Born in Kansas, Joyce has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. Joyce’s program for this concert will feature music from her upcoming recording, SONGPLAY. In her own words, “this is a project of experimentation and play, aimed at giving a joyful (playful!) experience to the listener.” We expect this concert to sell out quickly and encourage you to get your tickets early!

Gautier Capuçon, cello
& Yuja Wang, piano

Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 10:30am
& Thursday, April 4, 2019, 7:30pm
Ordway Concert Hall

The musical duo partnership of Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang is one to anticipate with real excitement.  Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Born in Chambéry, France in 1981, he performs each season with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, and is also founder and leader of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris – based in the stunning new Auditorium designed by Frank Gehry. Gautier is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello. Joining him for this pair of recitals is the charismatic pianist Yuja Wang, the 2017 Musical America Artist of the Year. After she made her Schubert Club International Artist Series debut in 2011, the Star Tribune stated “Wang… is no mere ‘virtuoso’ — a word cheapened by overuse. Hers is demonic, more-than-human pianism, of the sort that gets you thinking about Faustian bargains.” Yuja’s way of making music connects with a strikingly broad demographic. It appeals to everyone, from classical music newcomers to devoted pianophiles, and has attracted an exceptionally youthful following. Her love for fashion, recognized by her induction into Giorgio Armani’s Sì Women’s Circle, has also contributed to the popular appeal of an artist who is armed with the ability to challenge the status quo and to welcome fresh converts to the concert hall. For their Ordway Concert Hall performances, this exceptional duo will present two different programs on April 3 and April 4, and we encourage you to attend both!

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2018-2019 MUSIC IN THE PARK SERIES

Miró Quartet

Sunday, September 23, 2018, 4pm

The 2018-2019 Music in the Park Series will open with the return of Miró Quartet. Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse”, the dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups, enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene. Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the quartet met with immediate success winning first prize at the 50th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in April 1996, and taking both the first and grand prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition two months later. In 2005, the Quartet received the Cleveland Quartet Award and was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant.  The quartet’s program comprises quartets by Schumann and Mendelssohn and, honoring their fierce devotion to contemporary music, Kevin Puts’ third string quartet entitled “Credo”. The Miró Quartet is named for the surrealist Spanish artist Joan Miró.

Trio con Brio, Copenhagen

Sunday, October 14, 2018, 4pm

Making a welcome return to Music in the Park Series is the piano trio, Trio con Brio Copenhagen, hailed for their “unique sound and unity of interpretation” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Founded in Vienna in 1999 with the concept of pairs coming together, the two Korean Hong sisters and Jens Elvekjaer (who is married to Soo-Kyung Hong) have been exploring the piano trio repertoire with freshness and curiosity as well as with respect and reflection. Their Mendelssohn CD was chosen by Britain’s Classic FM as its Chamber Disc of 2011. Their program features piano trios by Beethoven, Brahms, and the Piano Trio in G minor by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana written in response to the death of his daughter. Soo-Jin plays a violin built by Andrea Guarneri from the 17th century and Soo-Kyung plays a Grancino cello. Jens is Denmark’s first Steinway artist.

Alexander Fiterstein and Friends

Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
Elena Urioste, violin
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Michael Brown, piano

Sunday, November 18, 2018, 4pm

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, Twin Cities-based until recently, is considered one of today’s most exceptional performers of the instrument. He won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. As a Juilliard graduate, he won first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation.  Alex has invited his friends Elena Urioste (violin), Nicholas Canellakis (cello), and Michael Brown (piano) to join him for this program of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Clarinet Sonata and Olivier Messiaen’s much loved Quartet for the End of Time.  Urioste, Canellakis, and Brown have established themselves as three of the most sought-after young virtuosos on the classical music scene today. Each are winners, like Fiterstein, of an Avery Fisher Career Grant.  Among the various other prizes and recognition they have individually won are inclusion in the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, Sphinx and Concert Artists Guild competitions, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center auditions.  They have performed in many of the most prestigious venues across the United States and Europe.

Ensemble Caprice

Sunday, February 10, 2019, 4pm

Highly regarded in early music circles, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative and expertly informed interpretations of baroque music. The Montreal-based ensemble has received national and international acclaim for its performances under the artistic direction of recorder and baroque flute virtuoso Matthias Maute (who recently added the role of Artistic Director for the Bach Society of Minnesota to his musical activities).  Ensemble Caprice, whose members play recorder, cello, guitar and percussion returns to the Music in the Park Series with a program titled ‘iLove baroque”.  Their program weaves together eight short stories featuring music of two centuries from five countries.  Music by Bach, Falconiero, Schmelzer, Purcell, and Vivaldi (among others) highlights the drama, tenderness, joy, humor, and melancholy of being in love.  A perfect way to celebrate St Valentine’s Day.

Horszowski Trio with
Masumi Per Rostad, viola

Sunday, March 17, 2019, 4pm

Music in the Park Series is proud to debut the Horszowski Trio, joined for part of the program by Masumi Per Rostad, violist of the renowned Pacifica Quartet.  Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” the members of the Horszowski Trio, who are also long-time friends, are Jesse Mills (violin), Raman Ramakrishnan (cello), and Rieko Aizawa (piano). Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School when they were children. In New York City, they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, who, upon being discovered by the late violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, had made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Their musical bonds were strengthened at various schools and festivals around the world, including the Juilliard School and the Marlboro Festival. Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993), at the Curtis Institute. The Trio takes inspiration from Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity, and humanity. Like Horszowski, the Trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary. Their program features Schumann’s Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, a Brahms Piano Quartet, and Piano Trio by Charles Wuorinen.

Brentano String Quartet

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4pm

Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. The New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound [and] yearning lyricism.”  Within a few years of its formation, the Quartet garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award.  The Quartet had its first European tour in 1997, and was honored in the U.K. with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. That debut recital was at London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Quartet has continued its warm relationship with Wigmore, appearing there regularly and serving as the hall’s Quartet-in-residence in the 2000-01 season. As of July 2014, the Brentano Quartet succeeded the Tokyo Quartet as Artists in Residence at Yale University, departing from their 14-year residency at Princeton University.  The Brentano Quartet’s program is titled “Lamentations” and features music by Purcell, Haydn, Shostakovich, d”India, Carter, Lekeu, and Bartok.  The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”, the intended recipient of his famous love confession.

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Subscriptions on sale Monday, February 19, 8:30am

Subscriptions are on sale starting Monday, February 19, 2018 at 8:30am and can be purchased online at schubert.org/subscribe or by calling 651.292.3268.

International Artist Series five-concert subscription prices range from $101 to $226.50 for the daytime when available package option and from $113.75 to $243.75 for the evening package option. Student subscriptions are $55 (with valid I.D. and .edu email address). 
 
Music in the Park Series six-concert subscriptions are $144. Student subscriptions are $66 (with valid I.D. and .edu email address). 

Single Tickets on sale Wednesday, August 1, 11am


 

An Interview with Schubert Club President Dorothy Horns

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For today’s blog post, our Patron Relations Manager, Kelsey Norton, conducted a short interview with current Board President, Dorothy Horns. 

  1. How long have you been involved with Schubert Club, and how did you make the decision to accept becoming board president?
    My husband and I have been subscribers since we returned to Minnesota in the early 1980s.  Bruce Carlson asked me to be on the Board; I started my Board service in 2006. I love that this is a board of music lovers who come from all walks of life and who actively participate in the Board. I was delighted to be asked to lead such a great group of people who support such a fantastic organization. And, as Board president I get to work even more closely with the wonderful, dedicated, hardworking Schubert Club staff.
  1. What makes the Schubert Club mission meaningful to you?
    Schubert Club’s threefold emphasis on concert presentation, museum, and education.
  1. What are some of the future goals you want to achieve as Schubert Club Board President?
    I want to see Schubert Club continue to present top-quality performances at reasonable prices, introduce as many people as possible to the joys of chamber and recital music, diversify our audiences, present music by composers of diverse backgrounds, let the world know about our fabulous Museum, expand educational programs to help build the next generation of music lovers… I could go on and on with a lot more ideas!
  1. Do you have a history with classical music?
    I was lucky to have parents who believed that a liberal, humanistic education is necessary to living an informed, rich life. A crucial part of this was exposure to the arts. They started taking us to Minnesota Orchestra concerts and Metropolitan Opera performances at Northrop Auditorium when we were in grade school. I sang in the church, school, and college choir, and studied piano, clarinet (school band), and classical guitar.  Most recently I had the good fortune to study piano with Mary Barbara Ferguson Spake, daughter of Donald Ferguson. What a pleasure that was! All these experiences gave me a deep appreciation of music that informs my current position as a professional audience member.
  1. Have you served on any other boards in the Twin Cities?
    I was on a Minnesota Opera junior board in the 1980s. In my professional arena, I was President of the University of Minnesota Medical School Alumni Society in the 1990s. The rest of my spare time has been spent working with the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Ophthalmology.
  1. Which is your personal favorite of Schubert Club’s music series to attend?
    I love them all. Some of my happiest hours have been spent in concert halls.
  1. What do you do outside of your work with Schubert Club? How do you most enjoy spending free time?
    I am a physician, an ophthalmologist specializing in the treatment of glaucoma. I am spending a lot of time working on a committee at the medical school. Free time? What free time?
  1. In your opinion, why is classical music still important in today’s society?
    Well, I agree with the Schubert Club tagline: “Because what is life without music.” All music can communicate directly with the soul without words or images.  Classical music has a rich language, simply by listening you can understand it and be transported and transformed.