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2018-2019 Featured Artist: Nicola Benedetti

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The Schubert Club is honored to announce Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as its first ever “Featured Artist”, giving us an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with an artist or ensemble over the course of a season. Nicola will come to Saint Paul twice during the 2018-2019 season. She will perform as part of Schubert Club Mix in October 2018 and a pair of recitals in the International Artist Series in January 2019.

In addition to these 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.

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.


Schubert Club Mix: Nicola Benedetti, violin & Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Tuesday, October 2, 7:30pm
Aria, 105 N 1st St, Minneapolis

This Schubert Club Mix performance will explore Brahms’s music and life story through the lens of the violin sonatas.


International Artist Series: Nicola Benedetti, violin & Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Friday, January 18, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 20, 3:00 pm
Ordway Concert Hall345 Washington St 
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States

For Benedetti’s 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.

Artist Change for Nov 29 & Dec 1 International Artist Series Recitals at the Ordway

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We are sorry to announce that baritone Samuel Hasselhorn has had to cancel his November 29 & December 1, 2018 Schubert Club engagements due to unforeseen professional and personal circumstances. We try to avoid artist changes whenever possible, but we thank you for understanding when these occasions do arise. 

Though disappointed by this news, we are delighted to announce that English baritone Christopher Maltman and pianist Audrey Saint-Gil will perform a program titled “Carnival of the Animals” in his place. 

About Christopher Maltman
A globally-renowned Don Giovanni, Christopher Maltman has sung the role in London, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Toulouse, San Sebastian, Beijing and Chicago, and adds New York and Edinburgh this year. He is singing the lead in Nico Mulhy’s new opera “Marnie” opposite Isabel Leonard at the Met this coming fall. He won the Lieder prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World early in his career and has continued to delight audiences with his sensitive and engaging song performances, many of which are documented in acclaimed recordings. His Schubert Club song recital, “Carnival of the Animals,” will feature works by Poulenc, Schumann, Ravel, Reger, Chabrier, Wolf, and Flanders and Swann. 

Since you had purchased tickets to the Samuel Hasselhorn performance, your tickets will automatically be switched and there is no further action required. If you do have any questions about your tickets, please contact our ticket office at 651.292.3268. Tickets will be mailed in early September 2018. 

Announcing Schubert Club Mix 2018-2019

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Announcing the Sixth Season of Schubert Club Mix


Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant artists who are influencing the musical landscape of today. A mix of old and new, presented in stylish venues across the Twin Cities, this series is unique to the Schubert Club and not to be missed. 

For our sixth season, Schubert Club Mix expands to a new venue, Machine Shop in the St. Anthony Main district of Minneapolis!

2018-2019 Season


Nicola Benedetti, violin & Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Tuesday, October 2, 7:30pm
Aria, 105 N 1st St, Minneapolis

Schubert Club Mix kicks off for the season at one of our audience’s favorite locations, the hip and stylish downtown Minneapolis warehouse-converted-event-space Aria. On stage is Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, Schubert Club’s first annual Featured Artist, together with collaborative pianist Alexei Grynyuk. As a child and teenage prodigy, Nicola racked up award after award, and she hasn’t slowed down. Today she is one of the most sought after violinists for solo and orchestral performances. Her Schubert Club Mix performance will explore Brahms’s music and life story through the lens of the violin sonatas.

Harlem Quartet

Wednesday, November 7, 7:30pm
Summit Beer Hall, 910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul

The Harlem Quartet brings a program featuring its distinct mixture of classical and jazz influenced music. Formed in 2006 by the Sphinx Organization, the quartet now performs around the world including a current three-year residency at London’s Royal College of Music. The quartet has been praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” Schubert Club Mix audiences love to hear “new attitude!” By popular demand, we’ll be returning to Summit Beer Hall for this exciting performance. Come early for free brewery tours, food trucks, and, of course, beer. 

The Westerlies

Thursday, February 21, 7:30pm
Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE 

Based out of New York (but originally from Seattle), the self-described “accidental brass quartet” featuring two trumpets and two trombones takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), this Mix performance in our newest venue, Minneapolis’s Machine Shop, will explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both “folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Expect the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.

Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Tuesday, March 26, 7:30pm
James J. Hill Center, 80 W 4th St 
Saint Paul

The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet plays to sold-out houses worldwide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. For this program, we return to the beautiful James J. Hill Center (formerly the Hill Reference Library). In an intimate space, surrounded by thousands of books, you’ll experience a program that promises to transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience.


Thursday, May 9, 7:30pm
Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE, Minneapolis

A relatively new ensemble (formed in 2016), Chalaca explores the confluence of cultures found in South America and the Caribbean with a unique combination of clarinet, harp, and percussion. Following the migration of rhythm from Africa and Europe, to the Andean Mountains, to the Amazon…and finally, right to the heart of America, Chalaca is a celebration of the composers who have immigrated to the United States from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela…alongside the folk masters who inspired them.

Tienda by Reinaldo Moya

Thursday, May 23, 7:30 pm
TPT Street Space, 172 4th St E, 
St. Paul

This unique performance at TPT Street Space in Lowertown, St. Paul will feature a partially staged opera by Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence Reinaldo Moya. Among the singers and instrumentalists featured in this chamber opera is mezzo soprano Clara Osowski. The opera tells the story of Luis Garzón, a Mexican musician who immigrated to Minneapolis in 1886 and opened a small Mexican grocery store, or tienda, in St. Paul in the 1920s. While Luis had married an American woman and was fully integrated into Minneapolitan society, his store served as a community hub for the newest arrivals from Mexico, many of whom had fled the Mexican Revolution and now toiled in the sugar beet farms of rural Minnesota. Tienda explores the immigrant experience: what must be left behind—and what cannot be forgotten—on the journey to a new home. This world premiere performance of Tienda is one of the highlights of Moya’s two-year residency with the Schubert Club. 

More details at schubert.org/mix



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Single tickets on sale Wednesday, August 1, 2018 at 11am ($30 each) 

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Announcing Accordo Season 10 at Westminster Hall

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The tenth season of Accordo was announced last night to subscribers and ticket holders at the season closing concert for 2017-2018. Starting with the 2018-2019 season, Accordo’s Monday evening performances will move to the new Westminster Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church in downtown Minneapolis (1200 Marquette Ave S). Completed in January 2018, this brand new performance space offers a superb acoustic and beautiful gathering spaces with free, on-site underground parking. Four Monday evening concerts will be presented in this space.

Barry Kempton, Schubert Club Artistic and Executive Director, states, “Our decision to relocate Accordo’s Monday evening concert series to the new Westminster Hall in downtown Minneapolis is founded on our desire to provide Accordo’s devoted audience members with the best chamber music concert experience we can. Not only does Westminster Hall promise a beautifully designed, intimate, acoustically superior space but it also offers the convenience of on-site, underground parking and easy accessibility.”

The season, titled “Schubertiade”, will focus on chamber music by Franz Schubert including popular works such as the String Quintet in C Major, the Trout Quintet and the Piano Trio in Eb Major. Guest musicians appearing with Accordo include pianists Shai Wosner and Gilles Vonsattel, double bassist Zachary Cohen, and cellist Peter Wiley (formerly a member of the Guarneri Quartet.) The entire audience is invited to join the musicians for a reception with light refreshments immediately after each Westminster performance.

The fifth and final concert of the season will be presented at Ordway Concert Hall in downtown St. Paul. Back by popular demand for the third year, this concert will feature silent films with original live music by Accordo written by Stephen Prutsman. Prutsman will also join on piano for this special concert. 

Additionally, all four Monday evening concerts will be repeated at Icehouse on the following Tuesday in an abbreviated format, expanding the number of these more casual, but very popular concerts. 


Accordo Season 10: Schubertiade

Monday, October 8, 2018
Cherubini: String Quintet in E Minor
Schubert: String Quintet in C Major
(with Peter Wiley, cello)

Monday, December 3, 2018
Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 1 #1 in Eb
Penderecki: String Trio
Schubert: Trout Quintet
(with Gilles Vonsattel, piano and Zachary Cohen, double bass)

Monday, February 4, 2019
Dvorak: Terzetto for 2 Violins & Viola
Harbison: November 19, 1828
Schubert: Piano Trio in Eb Major, Opus 100
(with Shai Wosner, piano)

Monday, March 11, 2019
David Ludwig: Rule of Three for 2 Violins & Viola
Mozart: String Quintet in Bb Major, K. 174
George Benjamin: Viola, Viola
Schubert: String Quartet in A Minor

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Accordo with Silent Film
(with Stephen Prutsman, piano)

Accordo at Icehouse

Icehouse performances are abbreviated programs of the night before in a more relaxed atmosphere. Icehouse concerts are only available for purchase as single tickets.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Tuesday, March 12, 2019


Packages On Sale May 29, 2018 at 9am 

Package holders get the best prices and the best seats!

Five-concert and three-concert packages to the Monday evening performances and Ordway Silent Film performance are available starting Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 9am and can be purchased online at schubert.org/accordo or by calling the Schubert Club Ticket Office at 651.292.3268. Icehouse concerts are not eligible for package inclusion. Renewing Subscribers will be mailed a renewal packet with preassigned seats. 

Single Tickets

Single tickets start at $25 and are on sale August 1, 2018 at 11am.

More Details

View more details at schubert.org/accordo


New Tax Laws and Philanthropy

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Today’s blog post is written by Paul D. Olson, the Schubert Club’s Director of Development. 

Schubert Club has a long history of generous patrons who believe that great music contributes to a great community. The history of philanthropic giving in Minnesota is among the top in the nation. We are fortunate that people in our community understand the need for non-profit organizations that contribute to our quality of life, and respond by giving their time and resources to ensure they are strong today, and for the future.

For 100 years, donors have had the option to claim their charitable gifts as a write-off on their taxes, and this philosophy helped encourage giving. The strength of the non-profit sector has in a large part, benefitted from tax itemization that allowed more dollars to go to their favorite charities while reducing total personal taxes. The new law that just went into effect allows a larger standard deduction and lower tax rates, giving most people a simpler tax situation, so itemizing may not be an incentive to reduce their taxes. So, what does this mean for future philanthropic giving?

Last year, gifts from individuals made up nearly three-quarters of the $390 billion donated to philanthropies, outpacing the money flowing from foundations, bequests and corporations.* The tax code has encouraged these gifts since the charitable deduction was created in 1917. There is speculation that future giving could go down because there isn’t an incentive for people to do itemizing of their charitable giving.

I beg to differ. Schubert Club donors are loyal, and understand the value of our concerts, education programs and museum as being assets in their lives, and for our community. Giving comes from the heart, and in the first two months of this new tax era, we haven’t experienced a noticeable change in donations. Time will tell, but I believe the extra dollars in our pockets means we have extra dollars to help the charities that touch our lives.

Sarah Caruso, president of the Greater Twin Cities United Way, said she worries about the impact of the new tax bill but is not giving up on any donors just yet. “I’m not going to plan a retreat right now,” Caruso said. “I plan to go out and make the case for the need. And the need in the community is not changing.”

Schubert Club is not changing, and the need and desire for great music continues. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity and thank you for being a part of the Schubert Club family!

*Source: Patrick Rooney, professor of economic and philanthropy and director of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University

Upcoming January Concerts

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Upcoming Concerts in January 

FREE Sensory-Friendly Family Concert: Sounds of Mexico with Andale Juana! (Yumhali Garcia, Israel Aranda, and Alberto Villegas)

Saturday, January 13, 2018, 11:00am
Schubert Club Museum

Sensory-Friendly Family Concerts are inclusive, interactive concerts for families. These free events allow audience members to enjoy an enriching concert experience in a sensory-friendly format.

Listen to the wonderful sound of the Son Huasteco and the Guapango.  Discover and interact with fascinating Mexican folk instruments and learn dance steps to this rhythmically vibrant music.
 Reserve your free tickets here


Libby Larsen’s The Fantom of the Fair and other multi-media works inspired by comic strips

Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6pm & 8:30pm, TPT Street Space

A well-known name locally and nationally, Libby Larsen was recently recognized as the 2016 McKnight Distinguished Artist. Based out of Minneapolis, she is one of this nation’s leading composers. This one-of-a-kind Schubert Club Mix concert will feature pieces which Libby has written as companion music to comic strip cartoons and other visual media.. The program includes “The Fantom of the Fair” which illustrates a story of the superhero in action at the World’s Fair, “The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes” for baritone & prepared piano with projected drawings, and “Love Tamer” with reconstructed comic strip illustrations. It also features a new piece with lighting design “O Magnum Mysterium” for former King’s Singers member Paul Phoenix.


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Middle and High School Students, Sign up for our FREE Jazz Piano Workshop by January 15

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This FREE workshop on Saturday, January 27, 2018 features internationally acclaimed Jazz pianist, Jeremy Siskind and Twin Cities jazz piano stars, Javier Santiago and Sarah Burk. The workshop is limited to 25 students and registration ends Monday, January 15th. The registration form and other information can be found on the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education website. Location for this workshop is TBA. Presented by The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education and the Schubert Club.

Learn more here

2018 Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition Application deadline: Friday, January 19, 2018

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Piano and Strings (at Augsburg College)

Saturday, February 24, 2018 – Preliminaries
Sunday, February 25, 2018 – Finals
Brass & Woodwinds, Voice, and Guitar (at Augsburg College)
Saturday, March 10, 2018 – Preliminaries
Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Finals
Schubert Club Musicians on the Rise (Student Scholarship Competition Winners Recital) 
Saturday, March 24, 2018, 2 pm, Ordway Concert Hall

Learn more about the competition

Music in the Park Series Artistic Director and Founder, Julie Himmelstrup, Announces Retirement at End of the Season

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Music in the Park Series Artistic Director and Founder,
Julie Himmelstrup, Announces Retirement at End of the Season

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 (ST. PAUL, MN) – Julie Himmelstrup, founder and artistic director of Music in the Park Series, has announced her plan to retire at the conclusion of the season in late April 2018. Himmelstrup, who founded the series in 1979, has served in this position for 38 years.

A cherished and distinctive audience favorite, the Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series presents six chamber music concerts annually at the 350-seat Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota. Concerts routinely sell out and subscriber retention remains impressively high. Additionally, family-friendly concerts are offered next door at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. 

In the early days, Himmelstrup ran the series out of her own house across the street from the church. An accomplished pianist herself, it is her musical tastes, her finely tuned hearing and her ability to spot emerging classical talent, that have made Music in the Park Series treasured by chamber music-lovers across the Twin Cities. Under her leadership, the series has achieved national prominence, and continues to present chamber musicians of national and international renown. Since its inception, Music in the Park Series has presented more than 200 chamber music concerts and 60 family concerts. For more than three decades, Himmelstrup ran every aspect of the series, including artist selection, program planning, commissioning and presenting new works, fund-raising, ticket sales, volunteer organizing and public relations.  In 2010, Music in the Park Series merged with the Schubert Club, since when Himmelstrup has continued to serve as Artistic Director of Music in the Park Series.

Schubert Club’s Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton said: “It has been a privilege and a joy for me to work with Julie since joining the Schubert Club. The series she has built up, the loyal audience she has built since founding Music in the Park Series, and her commitment to serving the St. Anthony Park community are deservedly admired across the country in chamber music circles. Her integrity and devotion to music and musicians are exemplary and will always be an inspiration.”

Julie Himmelstrup continues to serve as Music in the Park Series Artistic Director through the 2017-2018 season. Thereafter, the series, both concerts and the associated community activities in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood will continue as Schubert Club programs under the leadership of Artistic and Executive Director, Barry Kempton.


View the December 19, 2017 article from the Park Bugle: “Going out on a high note”