Announcing the new Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence: deVon Russell Gray plus two additional financial awards for Minnesota composers

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Saint Paul, MN (May 29, 2019) — Schubert Club is pleased to announce the appointment of deVon Russell Gray as its new Composer-in-Residence beginning September 1, 2019. Gray will serve a two-year term in this position for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 seasons.
 
The role of the Composer-in-Residence is to create music, to participate in Schubert Club education and community programs, to advise on artistic projects and to be an advocate on behalf of Schubert Club. The position was created with flexibility to allow the composer to shape their residency activities around their individual strengths and interests.

Schubert Club Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton said of Gray’s appointment: “The committee’s decision was unanimous.  We were certainly impressed by the composition samples that deVon submitted with his application, but we were also won over by his sense of who he is as a musician and where he hopes his musical journey will take him.  He is a musician with a broad range of interests and influences and a keen desire to share his knowledge and musical interests with fellow music enthusiasts, young and adult.”Gray stated: “My work has always been about the exploration of intense personal inner spaces as well as the communal imbibing of the resultant magic. Through this residency with Schubert Club I have the opportunity to further grow into my path as a creator and composer. I look forward to working with Schubert Club in both their educational and programming work. Schubert Club’s recent inclination to address contemporary concerns in classical music presentation and programming is laudable and relevant. I am glad to be part of this new direction.”In addition, Schubert Club will award financial support to the creation of new works by two other Minnesota-based composers, Asako Hirabayashi and Aleksandr Brusentsev.  Both composers were identified during the Composer-in-Residence search process.
 
About the Selection Process
Minnesota composers were invited to submit an application in early 2019. There were 18 candidates in total. The search committee comprised Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton and Education & Museum Director Kate Cooper,  together with composers Reinaldo Moya and Vivian Fung.
 
About deVon Russell Gray
deVon Russell Gray’s music reflects equal reverence for Eric B. & Rakim, Mingus, and Bartók. Factor in true love for contemporary poetry, Afrofuturism, astrophysics, Sci Fi animated series, cooking, libations, and other Renaissance activities, and a picture of Gray begins to come into view. Gray envisions a world in which socially constructed divisions fade into oblivion and where concert offerings seamlessly program twentieth century modernists alongside spiritual jazz and free improvisation, adjacent to electronic music and progressive hip hop producers.
 
Gray began writing original music and compositions at age eight. Drawing on his upper Midwestern upbringing and 1980s hip hop, dVRG developed a deep and profound connection to his community. Today, he is a proud part of the Twin Cities’ rich, diverse, and vibrant arts culture, whether collaborating on theater projects, art shows, radio broadcasts or mentoring younger composers and performers. May of 2018 saw the ninth annual awarding of the HEIRUSPECS Scholarship; a fund began by deVon and his bandmates at their alma mater, St. Paul Central High School which benefits graduating students who demonstrate ties to the arts. He also created a work entitled All Kinds of Blues, Right?!, commissioned and performed by the Central High School Jazz Band, dedicated to the greater Central High community and to the memory of Philando Castile.
 
Gray’s achievements in composition include a McKnight Fellowship, participation in the Gabriela Lena Frank Creative Academy for Musicians, guest lecturing at St. Olaf College, and most recently Gray was awarded one of the inaugural Jerome Hill Artist Fellowships. 
 
About Asako Hirabayashi
Harpsichordist and composer, Asako Hirabayashi’s first recording on Albany Label, whose program is entirely composed and played by herself, was selected as one of the 5 best classical CDs of the year 2010 by Minneapolis Star Tribune and was well-reviewed internationally. Hirabayashi has won numerous grants and awards including the 2009 -10 McKnight Fellowship for Performing Musicians and 2 Minnesota State Arts Board’s Artist Initiative grants as a soloist. As a composer, she has won 2016 McKnight Fellowship for Composers, several first prizes in competitions such as Alienor International Harpsichord Composition Competition (won the 6th, 7th and 8th consecutively) and NHK International Song Writing Competition in Japan and wasawarded 2012 Jerome Fund for New Music by American Composers Forum to write an opera. She has appeared as a featured guest soloist in international festivals and concert series worldwide since her New York debut recital at Carnegie Hall. She holds a Doctoral degree from the Juilliard School.
 
About Aleksandr Brusentsev
 Aleksandr Brusentsev tells abstract stories with sound. His music has been performed internationally and has been lauded by artists and audiences alike. Highlights include premieres by the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the CHROMA Ensemble, the Royal Academy of Music Manson Ensemble, and Alexandra Wood and Huw Watkins. Currently, Brusentsev is working on a flugelhorn concerto for soloist Imogen Hancock, conductor Toby Thatcher, and Ensemble Eroica. Additionally, he is collaborating with filmmaker Sky Ainsbury to create a series of videos that will engage with the human side of global affairs and feature a member of Brusentsev’s solo works. Brusentsev also received “high recommendation” in both the Alan Bush and Eric Coates composition prizes at the Royal Academy of Music, as well as an award from the Jerome Fund for New Music. Brusentsev is an alumnus of the London Philharmonic Orchestra’s Young Composer program, and associate in the London Symphony Orchestra Soundhub scheme, and a member of the American Composer’s Forum.
ABOUT SCHUBERT CLUB

For over 135 years, Schubert Club has invited the world’s finest recital soloists and ensembles to the Twin Cities and has promoted the finest musical talents of our community through performances, education, and museum programs. It has secured a prominent and distinguished reputation among musical organizations nationwide, and is one of the first arts organizations in the country.
 
Schubert Club’s International Artist Series has presented virtually all of the world’s great recitalists including Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Beverly Sills, 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, a free weekly lunchtime Courtroom Concert series at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul, Accordo, and the Hill House Chamber Players.
 
Schubert Club is committed to music education and reaches hundreds of children and young adults every year through family-friendly concerts, workshops, music lessons, and scholarships.
 
The Schubert Club Museum, located in historic Landmark Center, holds a world-class collection comprised of historic keyboards, instruments from around the world, and original letters and manuscripts from famous composers.For more information visit schubert.org
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Announcing the 19-20 International Artist Series and Music in the Park Series

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We are very pleased to share with you our 137th 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 second annual Featured Ensemble of the Season, the Danish String Quartet.

The quartet follows Nicola Benedetti’s highly acclaimed 2018-2019 season of concerts, masterclasses, and community engagement activities as Schubert Club’s first Featured Artist.

During the upcoming 2019-2020 season, the Danish String Quartet will visit Twin Cities twice. On November 1st, the Quartet will come for a short visit to play a program of Scandinavian folk music from their second album, “Last Leaf,” as part of Schubert Club Mix. In May, the Quartet will return to perform the full cycle of Beethoven string quartets over a series of six concerts as we celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday. The full series of Beethoven concerts comprises the Quartet’s Music in the Park Series performance and two recitals on the International Artist Series, plus three additional concerts. Those who purchase the full six concert package will receive free passes to a pre-series “Introduction to Beethoven and his string quartets” with musicologist and University of Minnesota lecturer Daniel Freeman, and will be invited to a post-series reception with the quartet members immediately following the 6th and final performance.

Subscriptions will be on sale Tuesday, March 5 at 10:00am. Single tickets will be on sale August 1, 2019 at 11am.
The best way to guarantee tickets to these very popular series is to purchase a subscription. 

 


2019-2020 INTERNATIONAL ARTIST SERIES

Joshua Bell, violinJoshua Bell, violin

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 3:00 pm
Ordway Music Theater
 

Joshua Bell’s career spans more than thirty years as a chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, and he stands as one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. With repertoire and performances ranging from Bach to jazz standards to world music, his restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.” His curiosity and clarity of insight are a testament to his belief in the power of music as a unifying cultural force. An artist of precision and passion, Bell is committed to the violin as an instrument of expression and a vehicle for realizing the new and unexplored. As an exclusive Sony Classical artist, Bell has recorded more than 40 albums garnering Grammy®, Mercury®, Gramophone and ECHO Klassik awards. Bell has spent time previously in the Twin Cities area as an Artistic Partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra (SPCO), and has performed with the SPCO and the Minnesota Orchestra, and twice as part of the International Artist Series The Schubert Club is delighted to welcome him back to the Ordway stage in 2019.

 

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello, and Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello
& Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

Thursday, December 5, 2019, 7:30 pm
Friday, December 6, 2019, 10:30 am
Ordway Concert Hall
 

Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the brightest young stars on the classical music scene and the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, is already in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide, and his spectacular performance at the Royal Wedding in 2018 endeared him to millions of viewers across the globe. In January 2018, his debut recording for Decca Classics, Inspiration, was released, propelling Sheku to a debut spot at number 18 in the official UK album charts, and number 1 in the classical chart.  As The Telegraph notes, Sheku is “ a superstar who’s also a true artist in the making.” For his International Artist Series debut in the Ordway Concert Hall, Sheku’s program features Beethoven’s Variations in F Major Opus 66, Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Barber and Rachmaninov, and Lutoslawski’s Grave.


Daniil Trifonov, pianoDaniil Trifonov, piano

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 7:30 pm
Ordway Music Theater
 

Grammy Award-winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov – winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award – has made a spectacular ascent in the classical music world as a solo artist, champion of the concerto repertoire, chamber and vocal collaborator, and composer. Combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity and depth, his performances are a perpetual source of awe. Trifonov recently added a first Grammy Award to his already considerable string of honors, winning Best Instrumental Solo Album of 2018 with Transcendental, a double album of Liszt’s works that marks his third title as an exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist. As The Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.” Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1991, Trifonov began his musical training at the age of five, and went on to attend Moscow’s Gnessin School of Music as a student of Tatiana Zelikman, before pursuing his piano studies with Sergei Babayan at the Cleveland Institute of Music. He has also studied composition, and continues to write for piano, chamber ensemble, and orchestra. When he premiered his own Piano Concerto in 2013, the Cleveland Plain Dealer marveled: “Even having seen it, one cannot quite believe it. Such is the artistry of pianist-composer Daniil Trifonov.”

 

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano, and Alexandra Dariescu, pianoAngela Gheorghiu, soprano
& Alexandra Dariescu, piano

Wednesday, April 22, 2020, 7:30 pm
Ordway Music Theater
 

Soprano Angela Gheorghiu is one of the most passionate and talented vocal artists working in opera today, a larger-than-life figure whose intensity and drive both on stage and off have commanded the attention of the musical world. Ms Gheorghiu’s magnificent voice and dazzling stage presence have established her as one of the most renowned opera singers of our time. Born in a small town in Romania, Gheorghiu knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue music as a career. Since her professional debut in 1990, she has performed in leading roles of operas at New York’s Metropolitan Opera, London’s Royal Opera House, the Vienna State Opera, Milan’s La Scala, and many other opera houses around the world. Gheorghiu has performed many of the most iconic soprano roles, including Mimi in La Boheme, Juliette in Romeo and Juliette, the title roles in Tosca and Madame Butterfly and of course La Traviata. For her International Artist Series Debut, Gheorghiu will be joined by fellow Romanian pianist Alexandra Dariescu.

 

Danish String QuartetDanish String Quartet

Friday, May 15, 2020, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 17, 2020 , 3:00 pm
Ordway Concert Hall
 

The Danish String Quartet made its debut at the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. Regular audience members of Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series know them as one of the greatst string quartets touring the world today, performing classical, contemporary, and Scaninavian folk music with passion and precision. In 2012, The New York Times selected the quartet’s concert as a highlight of the year, saying the performance featured “one of the most powerful renditions of Beethoven’s Opus 132 String Quartet that I’ve heard live or on a recording.” Since 2007, the group has curated its own annual festival —DSQ Festival— in Nyboder, Copenhagen. 2016 marked the beginning of Series of Four, the quartet’s new concert series in the concert hall of The Royal Danish Academy of Music, Copenhagen.The quartet was also named as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist for 2013-15. The Quartet’s performances on the International Artist Series will be two of the six concerts in which they will perform the full cycle of Beethoven String Quartets. They will present two different programs on May 15 and May 17, and we encourage you to attend both, or to purchase the entire Beethoven Series!

Read more at schubert.org


2019-2020 MUSIC IN THE PARK SERIES

Montrose TrioMontrose Trio

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 4:00 pm

 

Formed in 2013, the Montrose Trio is a collaboration stemming from a long and fruitful relationship between pianist Jon Kimura Parker and the now disbanded Tokyo String Quartet. Mr. Parker was the quartet’s final guest pianist, and a backstage conversation between Parker, first violinist Martin Beaver and cellist Clive Greensmith led to the Montrose Trio’s creation.Named after Chateau Montrose, a storied Bordeaux wine long favored after concerts, with a nod to the Montrose Arts District of Houston and the street in Winnipeg where Mr. Beaver was raised, the Montrose Trio has quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction. In 2015 the Washington Post raved about their “absolutely top-notch music making, as fine as one could ever expect to hear…they are poised to become one of the top piano trios in the world.” Their program features Dvorak’s Trio in E Minor “Dunky” and Schubert’s Trio in E Flat.

 

Modigliani QuartetModigliani Quartet

Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4:00 pm
 

Formed in 2003, the Modigliani Quartet performs regularly at the world’s top chamber music venues, touring America, Japan, Korea, China and European countries. In 2017, they made their Berlin Philharmonie debut and returned to London’s Wigmore Hall, New York’s Carnegie Hall, the Paris Philharmonie, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, and Tokyo’s Oji Hall. In 2014, the Quartet became Artistic Directors of the Rencontres Musicales d’Evian, created in 1976 by Antoine Riboud and made famous by its former artistic director, Mstislav Rostropovich. The quartet first recorded in 2008 and has released 8 CDs, all internationally acclaimed. Its latest, Schumann’s Op. 41 String Quartets, was issued in November 2017. Their program for this Music in the Park Series debut features Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, Haydn’s Quartet in D Minor “Fifths,” and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor.

 

Skride Piano QuartetSkride Piano Quartet

Sunday, February 9, 2020, 4:00 pm

 

The Skride Piano Quartet is made up of four like-minded musicians who have each achieved success as a soloist at the highest levels: Baiba Skride, Lise Berthaud, Harriet Krijgh, and Lauma Skride. The 2016-17 season included performances at the Schubertiade Schwarzenberg, Musikverein Wien, Laeiszhalle Hamburg, Malmo Chamber Music Festival, and BASF Ludwigshafen. Upcoming performances include the Concertgebouw, Philharmonie Essen, and Great Guild Hall Riga.Their program for the Music in the Park Series will feature Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo Concertate in F, Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in B minor, and Enescu’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in D.

 

Susie Park, violin, and Benjamin Hochman, pianoSusie Park, violin & Benjamin Hochman

Sunday, March 29, 2020, 4:00 pm

 

Violinist Susie Park first picked up a violin at age three and made her solo debut at five. A native of Sydney, Austrailia, Susie launched her international career at age 16, when she took first place in the Yehudi Menuhin International Competition in France. This led to performances and reengagements throughout the US, Europe, and her native Australia, where highlights included performances for crowds of over 120,000. Susie went on to receive additional top honors at the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and the Wieniawski Competition in Poland. Susie has grown into a musician distinguished by unusual passion and versatility, and today performs internationally as an orchestral, chamber, and solo artist. She currently serves as the first associate concertmaster of the Minnesota Orchestra and is a founding member of the East Coast Chamber Orchestra.

 

Catalyst QuartetCatalyst Quartet

Sunday, April 26, 2020, 4:00 pm

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition. Known for “rhythmic energy, polyphonic clarity and tight ensemble-playing,” the ensemeble has toured throughout the United States and abroad, including sold-out performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Chicago’s Harris Theater, Miami’s New World Center and Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. The quartet has also appeared as concerto soloists with the Bogata Filharmonica, the Sphinx Virtuosi, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

 

Danish String QuartetDanish String Quartet

Sunday, May 10, 2020, 4:00 pm

 

The Danish String Quartet made its debut at the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. Regular audience members of Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series know them as one of the greatest string quartets touring the world today, performing classical, contemporary, and Scaninavian folk music with passion and precision. In 2012, The New York Times selected the quartet’s concert as a highlight of the year, saying the performance featured “one of the most powerful renditions of Beethoven’s Opus 132 String Quartet that I’ve heard live or on a recording.” The Quartet’s performances on the Music in the Park Series will be one of the six concerts in which they will perform the full cycle of Beethoven String Quartets. 

Read more at schubert.org


Subscriptions on sale Tuesday, March 5, 10:00 am

Subscriptions are on sale starting Tuesday, March 5, 2010 at 10:00am and can be purchased online at schubert.org/subscribe or by calling 651.292.3268.

 
International Artist Series five-concert subscription prices range from $110 to $275.
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

Single tickets will be on sale August 1, 2019.