Up Next: Music and Tales From the Schubert Club Manuscripts

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Music and Tales From the Schubert Club Manuscripts
Thursday, February 23, 2017, 7:30pm

Featuring: Vern Sutton, tenor and narrator; Maria Jette, soprano; Michael Sutton, violin; and Donald Livingston, keyboard

Enjoy another season to read between the lines of an all new set of letters from the Schubert Club’s famous Gilman Ordway Manuscript Collection. Vern Sutton will explore the details surrounding the music and personalities of Beethoven, Mozart, Liszt, Brahms, Elgar, and Bloch. Then hear live performances of these composer’s works with historically enlightened ears.

Complimentary wine, sparkling water, and treats will be served, and the Museum will be open for concert-goers to explore beginning at 6:30pm.

Tickets for Live at the Museum events are just $12 if purchased in advance, or $16 at the door. Early ticket reservations are highly recommended, as these intimate concerts often sell out well in advance. 

Up Next: Azure Sensory-Friendly Concert featuring Minnesota Percussion Trio

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Azure Family Concerts are inclusive, interactive concerts specifically aimed at accommodating individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. These events allow audience members to enjoy an enriching concert experience in a sensory-friendly format.

Co-presented by Landmark Center and Wells Pianos.

Click, Clap, and Klunk
Minnesota Percussion Trio

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 11am
Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St. Paul, MN
Minnesota Percussion Trio: Bob Adney, Erik Barsness, and Paul Hill

Come listen to the wide world of percussion and learn to play an array of energetic rhythms.  Music comes from the heart and then you find something to play it on! Using simple or found instruments such as 5-gallon buckets, claves, paper, tin cans and body percussion we can all unlock the musical possibilities of the things around us. 
 
This event is FREE, but we do request that you RSVP on Facebook or by sending an email to ticketing@schubert.org so we are able to estimate the number of families attending. 
RSVP on Facebook here: facebook.com/events/193607087738668/
 
 

Up Next: Danish String Quartet, Sunday, February 12, 2017

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The Schubert Club Music in the Park Series presents the Danish String Quartet on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 4pm at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ in St. Paul, MN. There is a pre-concert talk one hour prior to the performance, open to all audience members. This concert is sold out, but patrons interested in attending are encouraged to check back closer to the concert date in case any tickets are turned back.

The Danish String Quartet’s joy for making music and “rampaging energy” (The New Yorker) is utterly infectious. Embodying the quintessential elements of chamber music ensemble, these self-proclaimed “modern vikings” have reached dizzying heights in their first 10 years. The quartet combines a passion for Scandinavian composers – whom they frequently incorporate into adventurous contemporary programs – with highly skilled and profound performances of the classical masterpieces. Their recording, “Wood Works,” a journey through Nordic folk music, was named Best Classical Album of 2014 by NPR. The Danish String Quartet continues to solidify their sterling reputation as “one of the best quartets before the public today” (Washington Post.)

Program:
Ludwig van Beethoven: Quartet No. 2 in G major, Op. 18, No. 2 (1801)
Alfred Schnittke: Quartet No. 3 (1983)
Beethoven: Quartet No. 13 in B-flat major, Opus 130 (1825)
Beethoven: Grosse Fugue, Op. 133

Concert & Program Details

Sunday, February 12, 2017, 4pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ

Join us at 3pm in the church for a pre-concert talk with the artists.

Concert length is estimated to be 2 hours with one intermission.

This concert is sold out, but patrons interested in attending are encouraged to check back closer to the concert date in case any tickets are turned back.

Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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SCHUBERT CLUB COMPOSER-IN-RESIDENCE: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Deadline for applications: Monday February 27, 2017

Program Summary
The Schubert Club, Minnesota’s oldest arts organization based at Landmark Center in downtown St Paul, will appoint a new Composer-in-Residence for a two-year term beginning September 1, 2017. The role of the composer will be to create music, to participate in education and community programs, and to advise and advocate on behalf of Schubert Club. The specific content of the Composer-in-Residence role will depend on the composer and their interests and strengths. The composer has the opportunity to outline in their proposal how they would shape the residency activities to fit their particular strengths and interests. In addition to being a Schubert Club part-time employee, the composer will be invited as an independent contractor to create a new work to be presented toward the end of the residency.
In addition to selecting a Composer-in-Residence, Schubert Club intends to award funding of up to $3,000 to two further composers from the shortlist of final round candidates for the creation and presentation of a new work. Consideration will be given to the possibility of including these new works in a performance presented by Schubert Club but cannot be guaranteed.
The Composer-in-Residence position is funded in part by the McKnight Foundation.

Eligibility
Composers applying for the position must be a resident of Minnesota and have a Minnesota address at the time of application. The selected composer must remain a resident of Minnesota for the duration of the residency.

Residency Priorities and Expectations
Composers applying for the position are invited to define the precise content of their residency. In your application, you should address the following expectations (residency requirements) of the Composer-in-Residence position as well as additional possible opportunities (optional) which may fit your vision for the residency:

Expectations (residency requirements)

  • A new work to be commissioned by Schubert Club in the second year of the residency
  • Involvement in Schubert Club’s community and/or education programming
  • Advisory role to the Artistic & Executive Director
  • Advocacy for Schubert Club and new music

Opportunities (optional)

  • The opportunity to program a Courtroom Concert of your original music in one or both residency years. The concert will be recorded and a copy of the recording made available to the composer
  • An advisory role in the programming of the Courtroom Concerts series, particularly those performances which feature music by Minnesota composers (currently 6-7 programs each year)
  • Talks to audiences, the Board and/or other Schubert Club patrons
  • Administrative work such as engraving music; or occasional writing projects such as blog entries or program notes; or attendance at Artistic Committee meetings

Compensation
The position will be part-time, non-exempt, 8 hours per week paid at the hourly rate of $25.00 (or $10,400 each year). In addition, Schubert Club will pay the composer a commission fee of $5,000 for a new piece of music plus reasonable copying costs and production expense associated with presenting the new work. Additional funds will be made available to pay performer fees in Courtroom Concerts.

Deadlines
Application materials must be submitted between Saturday January 28 and Monday February 27, 2017. Composers will be notified by end of March 2017 regarding the shortlist.

How to Apply
Please complete the following in the Online Application Form

  • Applicant’s Personal Information: Name, Address, Phone, Email Address, Website Link, Demographic Information
  • Web Links to Two Musical Work Samples: Work samples must be created within the last five years. Provide web links to your musical work samples (SoundCloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, iCloud, etc.). Make sure the web links you provide in this application remain active until June 1, 2017. If you do not wish for your work samples to be public please make them unlisted so the committee will still have access.
  • Together the work samples should demonstrate your creative voice. (30 minutes max for both complete works). For each work sample you will be asked to provide the Title, Duration, Year of Completion, Ensemble/Performers’ Name(s), Instrumentation, Brief Description of the Work. (100 words maximum)
  • Additional Musical Materials: Such as scores, charts, or information that give context for listening to these works. If your work involves improvisation, describe the role you played in creating the piece. You have the option of uploading two PDFs (up to 10MB each) or providing a web link to your additional materials. Panelist will not have access to music notation, electronic music, graphic, video, or other specialized software.
  • Description of Proposed Residency and new work: 1,500 words maximum.
  • Upload an Artist Resume or current bio: Two pages maximum – PDF only – up to 10 MB.

Review Process
Applications will be reviewed by a three-person panel. All decisions made by the panel will be final.
A short list of up to five composer applicants will be identified according to the following criteria for assessment:

  • Artistry: the quality of the composer’s work based on review of the scores and other materials submitted.
  • Potential impact: the likelihood of success of the composer’s proposal, and the impact of their work on both Schubert Club and the composer.
  • Capacity: the ability of the composer to achieve success in what they propose to do.

The selection panel will be asked to identify a short list of qualified candidates reflecting the full diversity (race, gender, musical background) of the applicant pool.
Short-listed composers will be invited to interview in order to discuss their proposal and aspirations for the residency.
We acknowledge and thank the American Composers Forum for their help in administering the search process for this position.

About the Schubert Club
For 135 years, Schubert Club has invited the world’s finest recital soloists and ensembles to the Twin Cities and 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 Composer-in-Residence Application Questions and Materials

Here are the questions and materials that will be asked for in the application. Please make sure you have everything you need below before you begin.

  • First Name
  • Middle Name
  • Last Name
  • Address Line 1
  • Address Line 2
  • City
  • State
  • Zip Code
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Work Sample 1: Title
  • Works Sample 1: Duration
  • WS1: Year of Completion
  • Work Sample 1: Ensemble/Performer’s Name(s)
  • Work Sample 1: Instrumentation
  • Work Sample 1: Brief Description of the Work (700 Characters – 100 words max)
  • Work Sample 1: Audio or Video Web link–Make sure the web links you provide in this application remain active until June 1, 2017. If you do not wish for your work samples to be public please make them unlisted so the committee will still have access.)
  • Additional Musical Material 1: Score/Chart/or Information (PDF only – up to 10MB)–Such as scores, charts, or information that give context for listening to these works. If your work involves improvisation, describe the role you played in creating the piece.
  • Work Sample 2: Title
  • Works Sample 2: Duration
  • WS2: Year of Completion
  • Work Sample 2: Ensemble/Performer’s Name(s)
  • Work Sample 2: Instrumentation
  • Work Sample 2: Brief Description of the Work (700 Characters – 100 words max)
  • Work Sample 2: Audio or Video Web link–Make sure the web links you provide in this application remain active until June 1, 2017. If you do not wish for your work samples to be public please make them unlisted so the committee will still have access.
  • Additional Musical Materials 2: Score/Chart/or Information (PDF only – up to 10MB)–Such as scores, charts, or information that give context for listening to these works. If your work involves improvisation, describe the role you played in creating the piece.
  • Description of Your Proposed Residency and Your New Work (9,500 characters or about 1,500 words)
  • Artist resume or current bio (two pages maximum – PDF only – up to 10 MB)
  • Demographic form
    • (Optional) Race/Ethnicity

      Please check all that apply.

    • (Optional) I identify my gender as

      (Female, Male, something else (please specify))

For questions please contact Aly Fulton-Kern at afulton@schubert.org or 651.292.3264

 

Apply Online Now

 

Announcing Family Concerts 2017 (Concerts in March & April)

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We’re pleased to announce the 27th season of Family Concerts!

This series features nationally and locally celebrated performing artists in programs of folk, ethnic and classical music. Storytelling, dance and audience participation add to this vibrant array of concerts, created for children of all ages and their families. This year’s theme, “With Strings Attached” features three different concerts with a variety of stringed instruments including harp, guitar, dulcimer, nickelharp, fiddle, violin, viola and cello. Concerts take place at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul.

New this year: Choose your own pricing: tickets from $0 – $5 per person. Advanced ticket reservations are strongly encouraged (no tickets required for babes in arms up to age 1.)

2017 Concerts

Friday, March 3, 2017 • 6pm & 7:15pm
Yolanda Kondonassis, harp and Jason Vieaux, guitar

Two of America’s premier soloists and recording artists join forces in a program featuring “Spirit of Trees” by Alan Hovhaness and other works that bring music and nature together. Readings from Kondonassis’ “Our House is Round: A Kid’s Book About Why Protecting Our Earth Matters,” carry a special message from the author to all who care about protecting our natural resources.

Friday, March 24, 2017 • 6pm & 7:15pm
The Scandinavian Trio 

Featuring: Ross Sutter, guitar; Cheryl Paschke, nykelharp & fiddle; Marya Hart, piano
Scandinavian music and song fill the air when three of Minnesota’s favorite folk musicians perform a delightful program blending traditional and fun music, dances, games and stories for all ages.

Friday, April 21, 2017 • 6pm & 7:15pm
Daedalus String Quartet

Featuring: Min-Young Kim & Matilda Kaul, violins, Jessica Thompson, viola; Thomas Kraines, cello
One of our country’s leading string quartets tells stories through music, from works about cats and dogs, to music about Hansel and Gretel by young American composers, to string quartets by some of the world’s great composers like Haydn and Dvorak.

Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church
2136 Carter Ave (at Chelmsford), Saint Paul

Choose your own pricing: tickets from $0 – $5 per person. 
Ticket reservations strongly encouraged. 
Purchase online or by calling 651.292.3268 (M-F 8:30-4:30)
 
 
Music in the Park Series Family Concerts are supported by the Boss Foundation, the Trillium Family Foundation and the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation. The Daedalus String Quartet presentation is supported by the Arts Midwest Touring fund, a program of Arts Midwest, which is generously supported by the National Endowment for the Arts with additional contributions from Minnesota State Arts Board and General Mills Foundation.
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Up Next: Gil Shaham, violin at the Ordway, Sun, Jan 8

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Up Next: Gil Shaham at the Ordway

The Schubert Club presents Gil Shaham, violin in an all Bach program on Sunday, January 8 at 3pm at the Ordway Music Theater as part of its International Artist Series. A multiple Grammy Award-winner and Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” Shaham has become well-known for his immaculate Bach presentations.

“It’s hardly news that Shaham is an impeccable violinist, one capable of bringing out the mechanics and the majesty of Bach in equal measure. Still, it was great to be startled all over again by the brilliance of his playing, the penetrating power of his interpretations…Shaham produced a clear and beautifully focused tone, even in the busiest passages.” – Tim Smith, Baltimore Sun
 

Concert Details:

Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 3pm (pre-concert talk at 2pm)
Ordway Music Theater
345 Washington St, St. Paul, MN
 

Program:

All pieces by J.S. Bach

Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
INTERMISSION
Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
 

About the artist:

Gil Shaham already has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have ascended the record charts in the U.S. and abroad. These recordings have earned prestigious awards, including multiple Grammys, a Grand Prix du Disque, Diapason d’Or, and Gramophone Editor’s Choice. Gil Shaham was awarded an Avery Fisher Career Grant in 1990, and in 2008 he received the coveted Avery Fisher Prize. In 2012, he was named “Instrumentalist of the Year” by Musical America, which cited the “special kind of humanism” with which his performances are imbued. Read more at schubert.org/concerts/gil-shaham.

 

Tickets are available online at schubert.org, by calling 651.292.3268, or at the door. 

Now Hiring: Museum Music and Technology Intern (Paid)

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Title:   Museum Music and Technology Intern

Duties:  

  • Assist Director of Museum with audio/visual project to enhance the Gilman Ordway Manuscript exhibit located in the Schubert Club Museum.
  • Review and select written historical content for presentable audio and visual clips for exhibit.
  • Research and understand copyright-related practices and work with Schubert Club staff to verify copyright laws are being adhered to.  Obtain copyright permissions as needed.
  • Lead the audio recording process of selected clips read by Schubert Club artist or narrator.
  • Assist Director of Museum in selection/purchase of audio video equipment and in the work with a contractor to install equipment.
  • Work with Director of Marketing in conversion of audio materials and narrative to a rich and meaningful digital experience on the Schubert Club website.

Skills and Competencies:  Solid understanding of technology especially in video recording and audio/visual equipment. Working knowledge and/or strong interest in music and music history, not necessarily key area of study. Self-disciplined, independent, coachable worker with excellent communication skills.

Qualifications:  High school diploma and enrolled in a college or higher education program. Previous experience working in an arts organization, museum or specific project work in technology is preferred but not required.

Internship Project Dates:

  • Beginning on or near January 3, 2017.  
  • Estimated total project hours:  120-150 hours.  Hours per week and days of work are flexible but to be scheduled during regular business hours, Monday-Friday 8:30-4:30
  • Project to conclude no later than March 1, 2017

Report to Kate Cooper, Director of Museum and Education

kcooper@schubert.org

Salary:  This is a paid internship at a rate of $10/hour

To apply:  Send a cover letter and resume to Kate Cooper at kcooper@schubert.org

Schubert Club presents Songs for the Season by Minnesota Composers

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“Songs for the Season” featuring carols by Minnesota composers has become the most popular program in our free weekly noontime Courtroom Concert series. Because of its popularity, we’ve added an encore performance at the Twin Cities Public Television Street Space in Lowertown, St. Paul this year. This encore performance will also be free and will be live-streamed online. 

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 at schubert.org/songsfortheseason

Featuring music by local composers: Abbie Betinis, Timothy C. Takach, Linda Kachelmeier, Neal Hagberg, Joan Griffith, Ann Reed, Bob Dylan, Prince, among others.

Performed by: Carrie Henneman Shaw, soprano; Laura Betinis Healy, alto; Nicholas Chalmers, tenor; Timothy C. Takach, bass, Zacc Harris, guitar, and Audrey Slote, cello. 


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.

 

FREE Sensory-Friendly Concert, Sat, Nov 12: The Swedish Trio

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Join us this Saturday morning at the Landmark Center for a free, sensory-friendly Azure Concert for families and individuals touched by autism. In “Pluck, Strum, Hammer and Bow”, the Swedish Trio will perform Scandinavian music, teach the science behind strings, and give attendees the opportunity to try the instruments!

RSVP in advance on Facebook (using this link) or by emailing ticketing@schubert.org

Please share this event with anyone else who might be interested!


Pluck, Strum, Hammer and Bow – Making Music with Strings
The Swedish Trio

Saturday, November 12, 2016, 11am
Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, Landmark Center, 75 W 5th St, St. Paul, MN
The Swedish Trio: Ross Sutter, Cheryl Paschke and Marya Hart

Lively Scandinavian music and song will fill the air as the Swedish Trio plays a variety of traditional stringed instruments.  Audience members will be able to play some of the instruments themselves and learn the science behind the sounds they make.
 
This event is FREE, but we do request that you RSVP on Facebook or by sending an email to ticketing@schubert.org so we are able to estimate the number of families attending. 
RSVP on Facebook here: facebook.com/events/785967241545600/
 

 

Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition – Now Accepting Applications

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The Schubert Club Student Scholarship Competition, held each spring, awards a total of over $50,000 annually to young musicians to be used for further musical education.

New format for 2017: Starting this year, the Competition will be spread across two weekends and two locations. Brass, Woodwinds, Voice, and Guitar will compete at Augsburg College on Saturday, March 4, and Finals will be held the following day, Sunday, March 5. Piano and Strings will compete at St. Catherine University on Saturday, March 11, and Finals will be held the following day, Sunday, March 12. 

Learn more and apply online at schubert.org/competition