Announcing the new Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence: Reinaldo Moya plus two additional financial awards for Minnesota composers

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Announcing the new
Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence: 

Reinaldo Moya

plus two additional financial awards for Minnesota composers

St. Paul, MN (Wednesday, June 7, 2017) — Schubert Club announced today at its Annual Luncheon the appointment of Reinaldo Moya as its new Composer-in-Residence beginning September 1, 2017. Moya will serve a two-year term in this position.

The role of the composer-in-residence is to create music, to participate in education and community programs, to advise and to advocate on behalf of Schubert Club. The position was specifically created with flexibility to allow the composer to shape residency activities to fit the individual’s strengths and interests. Reinaldo Moya’s residency plans include writing a chamber opera, introducing a composition element to Schubert Club’s KidsJam workshops and other programs, and providing mentorship to local young composers.

Schubert Club Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton said of the appointment: “The strong compositions submitted as part of Reinaldo’s application together with his compelling vision for his residency make Reinaldo an ideal composer-in-residence to follow in the path blazed previously by David Evan Thomas, Edie Hill and Abbie Betinis. I look forward both to supporting Reinaldo in his residency and to the benefits his creative mind and musical sensibilities will bring to Schubert Club. My overriding hope is that during his two-season residency, both he and Schubert Club will learn and develop from one another.”

Reinaldo Moya stated:  “I’m beyond excited to be joining the Schubert Club team. Through my compositions, educational activities and role as an artistic advisor, I hope to contribute to the Schubert Club’s mission. One of my goals is to bring awareness to the role that Latin American immigrants have played in our state, both historically and in the present.”

In addition, Schubert Club announced financial awards to support the creation of new works by two other Minnesota-based composers, deVon Russell Gray and Tiffany Skidmore.  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 2017. There were 33 candidates in total. The search committee comprised Artistic & Executive Director Barry Kempton together with composers Clarice Assad and Patrick Castillo.

About Reinaldo Moya
Reinaldo Moya is a graduate of Venezuela’s El Sistema music education system. Through El Sistema, he had access to musical training from an early age and was a founding member of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra touring throughout Europe, North and South America. A graduate of The Juilliard School and a participant in the prestigious John Duffy Composers Institute and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Conce Composers Institute, Moya now lives in Northfield, and is Associate Professor of Composition at Augsburg College.  Reinaldo Moya is the recipient of the 2015 McKnight Composers Fellowship, the Van Lier Fellowship from Meet the Composer and the Aaron Copland Award from the Copland House.

About deVon Russell Gray
deVon Rusell Gray, multi-instrumentalist, is best known as dVRG in the acclaimed live hip hop band, Heiruspecs. Lesser known are his classical and chamber music works, film scores, experimental collaborations (SPCO Liquid Music Series), arranging credits (Poliça, The Cloak Ox, Allan Kingdom), session work, and production. Gray, has studied orchestral conducting with world renowned artists Manny Laureano (MN Orchestra) and Donald Palma (Orpheus Chamber Orchestra); and composition with Lee Hyla, & Michael Gandolfi, to name a few.  Redefining versatility, dVRG draws inspiration from an enviable record collection, from Claudio Monteverdi to Shuggie Otis, and communicates through nuanced sounds; a musical polyglot disguised as a lone star…ready to super nova. 

About Tiffany Skidmore
Tiffany M. Skidmore holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Composition from Gonzaga University, Eastern Washington University, and the University of Minnesota. She has studied with Scottish composer James Dillon, Chaya Czernowin (head of the Music Composition department at Harvard University), Jonathan Middleton, and J. Kevin Waters. Her work has been featured in master classes with Brian Ferneyhough, Chaya Czernowin, and Julio Estrada. She has been a featured composer in the Hildegard von Bingen Festival of Women in the Arts and the Rimon Artist Salon, and her work has been performed throughout Europe and the United States by the CSU Stanislaus Concert Chorale, the EWU Concert Chorale, Opus7 Vocal Ensemble, the Kiev Philharmonic, Duo Gelland, Peter Wright (principal clarinetist for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra), the Hark Quartet, Ensemble Dal Niente, Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, Nanyi Neil Qiang, Without Fear of Wind or Vertigo, and the Strains New Music Ensemble, among many others. She is a member of the American Composers Forum and a founding member of the Minneapolis composer collective, 113.

About Schubert Club
For over 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.

The 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 Music in the Park Series (chamber music concerts in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood), a free weekly lunchtime Courtroom Concerts series in downtown St. Paul, Accordo, and the Hill House Chamber Players.

The Schubert Club is committed to music education and reaches hundreds of children and young adults annually 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 by famous composers.

For more information visit schubert.org.
 

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651.789.4410

Announcing the Fifth Season of Schubert Club Mix

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Announcing the Fifth Season of Schubert Club Mix

Now entering its fifth season with unparalleled momentum due to loyal and expanding audiences, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music through unique concert presentations and trendy atmospheres. We are pleased to announce Summit Beer Hall as our newest partner and venue beginning with the 2017-18 season of Summit Beer Hall. 

The season will feature five very different concerts. The first concert of the season will be a lively evening similar to a 17th-century English jam session featuring Barokksolistene called “The Alehouse Sessions” at Aria. Next up, also at Aria, Brazilian-American vocalist, composer, and pianist Clarice Assad and her world-renowned father Sergio Assad (guitar) will perform a jazz-inspired program primarily featuring music from their first recording together called Reliquia. Then we move to TPT Street Space for a program by composer Libby Larsen combining music with vintage comic strips. Then we’ll be back at Aria featuring percussionist Colin Currie performing on a broad array of percussion instruments.  And finally, to close the series in our newest venue, Summit Beer Hall, New York ensemble Third Sound, formed by composer Patrick Castillo, will perform a program featuring a world premiere by Castillo. 

In starting the series, Artistic and Executive Director Barry Kempton explains, “I believe there are music-lovers in our community for whom the formality and rituals of classical music performances in traditional concert venues are a deterrent to attending. Our idea behind Schubert Club Mix is to relax our presentation style and the ambiance of the venue without at all compromising the quality of the music-making.”

Five concert and Three concert Packages on sale Monday, May 1, 9am.

Single tickets on sale Tuesday, August 1, 2017 at 11am.

All concerts general admission.

Order online or call 651.292.3268 (M-F, 8:30-4:30)

View the entire season now

2016 An Die Musik award goes to composer David Evan Thomas

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David Evan Thomas received the An die Musik Award “in recognition of outstanding dedication and commitment to the work and mission of The Schubert Club” at The Schubert Club Annual Luncheon on June 8, 2016 at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St. Paul, Minnesota. The event featured an address by composer Libby Larsen and vocal music by Larsen and Thomas, sung by Maria Jette, Clara Osowski, Roy Heilman and Bradley Greenwald, with pianists Timothy Lovelace and Sonja Thompson. Thomas, who has served as composer-in-residence and program annotator for The Schubert Club, accepted the award from Barry Kempton, the organization’s Artistic and Executive Director. (Photos by Jayme Halbritter.)

The Schubert Club names its Museum performance space for pianist and long-time supporter Thelma Hunter

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The Schubert Club names its Museum performance space for pianist and long-time supporter Thelma Hunter

ST. PAUL, Minn. (April, 2016) – The Schubert Club formally named its Museum recital space the Thelma Hunter Recital Room at a dedication event on Wednesday, April 13.
 
In August 2015 The Schubert Club lost an extraordinary friend, and the musical community of Saint Paul and Minneapolis lost a leading figure, when Thelma Hunter passed away just days before her 91st birthday. An active soloist, collaborative pianist, educator, and supporter of new music, Thelma maintained a long association with The Schubert Club.
 
A New York City native, Thelma became an important presence in the local scene: serving as Board Member of Minnesota Orchestra, American Composers Forum, and Jerome Foundation, and as faculty member at the University of Minnesota. In addition to her years as a member of The Schubert Club Board of Directors, and as a performing artist in numerous concerts—most recently in a 2014-2015 Live at the Museum series concert with tenor Vern Sutton—Thelma also established a special prize in The Schubert Club’s annual Student Scholarship Competition.
 
The Thelma Hunter Recital Room is located in The Schubert Club Museum on the southeast corner of the Landmark Center’s second floor. The room has rounded bay corners, fifteen foot high ceilings, and windows that look out onto Rice Park and Fifth Street. Over the doorway outside the room is a steel, etched glass marquee modeled on the canopy over the sidewalk at Wigmore Hall. This intimate performance space has seen its share of concerts, master classes and museum exhibitions. The Schubert Club acquired the space for its Museum in 2005, but the venue has been without an official name since then. 

The Schubert Club Museum offers visitors insights into the inspiring role of music through the ages with its engaging and interactive collection of historical instruments and replicas, original autographed letters from notable composers, and other music-themed exhibits of historic and cultural interest. Open Sunday through Friday, Noon to 4 pm. Always FREE admission.
 
About The Schubert Club:

For 134 years, The 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.

The 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, The Schubert Club introduced Schubert Club Mix, its convention-breaking performance series in nontraditional venues. Additional series include Music in the Park Series (chamber music concerts in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood), a free weekly lunchtime Courtroom Concerts series in downtown St. Paul, Accordo, and the Hill House Chamber Players.

The Schubert Club is committed to music education and reaches hundreds of children and young adults annually 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 by famous composers.

For more information visit schubert.org.
 
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Schubert Club Mix presents David Greilsammer, piano & prepared piano Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:30pm James J Hill Center on Rice Park, adjacent to the St. Paul Central Library

One month out: Schubert Club Mix presents David Greilsammer, piano & prepared piano

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Schubert Club Mix

presents

David Greilsammer, piano & prepared piano
 

Thursday, December 3, 2015, 7:30pm

James J Hill Center
on Rice Park, adjacent to the St. Paul Central Library

 
ST. PAUL, MN (November, 2015) – The Schubert Club’s 2015-2016 Schubert Club Mix season continues with pianist David Greilsammer performing on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at James J Hill Center (adjacent to the St. Paul Central Library.) “A standout musician who has it in him to challenge, inform and delight audiences” (New York Times) Greilsammer is known as a unique interpreter of both baroque and contemporary music. For his Schubert Club Mix program, he will venture between the two worlds of Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage in a program of sonatas by two composers born over 200 years apart, alternating between prepared piano and a standard grand.
 
Program: Scarlatti & Cage, Sonatas
 
Scarlatti: Sonata in D minor K. 213
Cage: Sonata no. 14
Scarlatti: Sonata in D Minor K.141
Cage: Sonata no. 13
Scarlatti: Sonata in E Major K.381
Cage: Sonata no. 12
Scarlatti: Sonata in B Minor K. 87
Cage: Sonata no.1
Scarlatti: Sonata in F minor K. 466
Cage: Sonata no. 16
Scarlatti: Sonata in E major K. 531
Cage: Sonata no.11
Scarlatti: Sonata in B Minor K. 27
Cage: Sonata no. 5
Scarlatti: Sonata in D Major K.492
 
Note from David Greilsammer about the Program:
 
Music from a different planet. This is the feeling that has always taken over me when listening to the Sonatas of Domenico Scarlatti and John Cage. Music from an invisible, distant, and mysterious world. The works of these composers do not resemble in any way those of their contemporaries: is it, perhaps, because the two men were not composers, but in fact, inventors? Inventors of sounds, magicians of rhythm, creators of new languages, that had never been heard before. As true visionaries, ahead of their time, they treated the Sonata not as a rigid and extensive form, but rather as a miraculous space designed for conception and experimentation. More than two hundred years separate the two composers, but their Sonatas seem so much alike: short, provocative, passionate, full of wild colours, and bursting with sensual rhythms. Light years away from the traditional Sonata that ruled during the two centuries that went by between Scarlatti and Cage, the two artists treated this form as a free, agile and dazzling entity: like an Unidentified Flying Object, passing in the sky, brief, remote and solitary. Searching in their feverish imagination, Scarlatti and Cage conceived these pieces to be the messengers of a yet unknown world. Embracing the future and its freedoms, the Sonatas seem to be staring at us from their far, distant planet.  — David Greilsammer

For more info: http://schubert.org/concerts/david-greilsammer/

About David Greilsammer:  

Known for his fascinating and eclectic programs, conductor and pianist David Greilsammer is recognized as one of today’s most imaginative and audacious artists. Last December, The New York Times selected his album “Mozart In-Between” (Sony Classical) as one of the best recordings of the year. The American newspaper had already awarded his previous album, “Baroque Conversations” among the best albums of 2012, and his New York recital was selected as one of the most interesting musical events of the year.   Born in Jerusalem, David Greilsammer studied at The Juilliard School with Yoheved Kaplinsky, in addition to working with pianist Richard Goode. After making his New York Lincoln Center debut, he went on to becoming “Young Musician of the Year” at the French Music Awards.   Known as a unique interpreter of both baroque and contemporary music, David Greilsammer is also celebrated for his Mozart performances. In 2008, he performed in Paris all of Mozart’s piano Sonatas in a one-day “marathon” and in recent years, he has recorded various albums devoted to the composer. Last season, he played and conducted the complete cycle of Mozart’s twenty-seven piano concertos in Geneva.   Since 2013, David Greilsammer is Music and Artistic Director of the Geneva Camerata (GECA). With this innovative orchestra, he gives more than thirty concerts this season, including performances in Berlin, Paris and London, and Gstaad. David Greilsammer also presents with GECA singular collaborations with dancers, painters, video artists, actors, and jazz musicians. David Greilsammer has recently conducted the ensemble in programs featuring soloists such as Steven Isserlis, Emmanuel Pahud, Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Andreas Scholl, and Daniel Hope.   Since 2013, David Greilsammer is “Artist in Residence” both at the Saint-Etienne Opera in France and the Meitar Ensemble in Tel Aviv.

About Schubert Club Mix: a new generation of classical music

 
Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. A mix of old and new, presented in nontraditional but stylish venues, audiences will be treated to remarkable performances by some of today’s most influential musicians.

Tickets & Concert Information

Tickets $30 ($12 student rush with valid I.D.)
Tickets online at schubert.org or call (651) 292-3268

For more info: http://schubert.org/concerts/david-greilsammer/
For high resolution images, please visit schubert.org/press

Announcing the 2015-2016 Courtroom Concert Schedule

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THE SCHUBERT CLUB PRESENTS
COURTROOM CONCERT SERIES 2015–2016

(Most) Thursdays at Noon • October 15–April 28
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center
Free Admission
 

The Schubert Club’s popular COURTROOM CONCERT SERIES, hosted by composer Abbie Betinis, opens its 23rd season of free weekly concerts on Thursday, October 15 at noon. This series features local artists of the highest caliber from the Twin Cities and nearby surrounding area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area. These concerts routinely reach capacity.

Courtroom Concerts are held almost every Thursday, October 15 through April 28, in beautiful Courtroom 317 of Landmark Center and are free and open to the public. Programs last approximately one hour. Complimentary coffee is served.

Highlights in the 2015-16 season include WindSync, Flying Forms Baroque Ensemble, Elkina Sisters piano duo, Lumina Ensemble, Copper Street Brass Quintet, and Mirandola Ensemble. This season will continue the tradition of highlighting music by Minnesota composers including Libby Larsen, Carol Barnett, Stan Woolner, Paul Rudoi, Tim Takach, Jocelyn Hagen, Abbie Betinis, Edie Hill and Dominick Argento, along with the return of the ever-popular “Carols of MN Composers” concert in December.  The Courtroom Concerts will also feature winners–past and present–from The Schubert Club’s Bruce P. Carlson Student Scholarship Competition.
 
 

2015-2016 Schedule 

October 15
Saxophone Quartet
Dave Franzel, Kurt Hattenberger, Ben Cold, CJ Longabaugh
 
October 22
The Poet’s Song
Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell, piano  Marilène Phipps Kettlewell, poet; Riley Svatos, soprano; Erick Krohg,baritone
 
October 29
Irina and Julia Elkina, duo piano
 
November 5
Music of Edie Hill
Gary Ruschman, tenor; Kristian Anderson, guitar; Linda Chatterton, flute
 
November 12
Schubert String Quartet No. 15
Christiano Rodrigues, Mary Catherine Cox, violins; Seido Karasaki, viola; Seulki Lee, cello
 
November 19
WindSync
 
December 10
A Baroque Christmas
Flying Forms: Marc Levine, baroque violin; Tami Morse, harpsichord; Carrie Henneman-Shaw, soprano; John West, recorder; Phillip Rukavina, lute; Donald Livingston, baroque harp
 
December 17
Songs for the Season, by Minnesota Composers
Lumina Women’s Ensemble, with Mark Bilyeu, piano
 
January 7
Francis Poulenc’s Birthday
Hannah Peterson, flute
Tim Shows, oboe
 
January 14
Jonathan Mattson, piano
 
January 21
Music of Dominick Argento & Libby Larsen
Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano, Jake Endres, baritone
 
February 4
Music of Stan Woolner
Ivan Konev, piano
 
February 11
Mirandola Ensemble
 
February 18
I. Music of Jocelyn Hagen
    David Walton, tenor and Erik Barsness, percussion
II. Dolce Wind Quintet
 
February 25
Laura Sewell, cello; Ora Itkin, piano; Chris Kachian, guitar
 
March 3
Cameron Pieper, piano
 
March 10
David Franzel, saxophone
 
March 24
Music of Paul Rudoi & Tim Takach
 
March 31
Artu Duo: Garret Ross, piano & Ruth Palmer, cello

April 7
I. Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell, piano
II. Sam Viguerie, cello
 
April 14
Music of Carol Barnett
Maria Jette, soprano; Julie Carey, flute; Lorelei Giddings, oboe; Carley Olson, clarinet; Steve Ecklund, fr. horn; Ann Hagen, bassoon
 
April 21
Music of The Schubert Club Composer Mentorship Students
Copper Street Brass
 
April 28
Music of Abbie Betinis

No Concerts:
November 26, December 3, December 24, December 31, January 28, March 17 

The Courtroom Concert Series is co-sponsored by Minnesota Landmarks and The Schubert Club.

For more information, please visit schubert.org/courtroomconcerts

 
 
About the Host:

The music of Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence Abbie Betinis (b. 1980) is acclaimed as “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “the highlight… pushes forward a brooding, dissonant unease” (Boston Globe), and “extraordinary music by a greatly gifted young composer” (Chicago Classical Review). Her catalog of over fifty commissioned works includes projects for the American Suzuki Foundation, Cantus, Dale Warland Singers, Flying Forms Baroque, James Sewell Ballet, New England Philharmonic, St. Olaf Choir, Young New Yorkers’ Chorus, and Zeitgeist.

A 2015 McKnight Artist Fellow, Abbie has also received grants and awards from the American Composers Forum, Minnesota Music Educators Association, Sorel Organization, and a previous McKnight Artist Fellowship (2009). In a project by New York’s WQXR Public Radio and NPR listeners, Betinis was selected as one of their favorite “100 Composers Under 40.” Her song cycle “Nattsanger (Nightsongs)” for soprano, clarinet and piano won an Honorable Mention in ASCAP’s Morton Gould Young Composer Awards and is distributed by Naxos.

Her music is published by G. Schirmer, Graphite Publishing, and Hal Leonard, but most extensively by her own venture, Abbie Betinis Music Co, which she founded in 2006 to distribute her scores directly from her studio to musicians around the world. An advocate for new music, she is co-founder and president of the Independent Music Publishers Cooperative, has held residencies with The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists and The Rose Ensemble, and is featured in the award-winning Public Television documentary about Minnesota’s choral tradition “Never Stop Singing.”

A graduate of the Suzuki piano program in her hometown of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, Betinis holds a B.A. from St. Olaf College, M.A. in music composition from the University of Minnesota, and has studied harmony and counterpoint in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger through the European American Musical Alliance in Paris, France. She lives in Saint Paul, where she is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Concordia University.

The Schubert Club announces changes to its 2015-2016 International Artist Series

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St. Paul (October 2014) – The Schubert Club has presented its International Artist Series in the Ordway Center Music Theater since the hall first opened in 1985. Beginning with the 2015-2016 season, The Schubert Club will present the majority of its International Artist Series concerts in the new Ordway Concert Hall. In addition, The Schubert Club will offer a new daytime series option, a popular request from ticket buyers.

In a letter to audience members, Artistic and Executive Director Barry Kempton explains, “Though The Schubert Club has presented its International Artist Series in the Ordway Music Theater ever since the Ordway opened in 1985, we are very excited about the opportunities presented by the soon-to-be-completed Concert Hall.  It will have a natural acoustic better suited to recitals and chamber music, and will be a smaller, more intimate space.  Furthermore, since we know many music lovers prefer to attend daytime concerts over evenings, particularly during the winter months, we are pleased to offer the choice of a daytime series or an evening series beginning next season.”

Specific International Artist Series recitals will continue to be presented in the Ordway’s Music Theater.  Further details about the 2015-16 season, the artists and venues will be announced in late February 2015.

“The Concert Hall will be an instrument itself, one that has been tailored to show off skill and artistry of [classical music].”
– Paul Scarbrough, lead acoustician for the Concert Hall

About The Schubert Club:
The Schubert Club is an internationally renowned performing arts organization dedicated to expanding the enjoyment of music through world-class recitals, premier educational programs and rare collections of musical treasures.

Founded in 1882, The Schubert Club maintains a highly regarded national and international reputation among leading classical music performers. Its International Artists Series has brought Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Alfred Brendel, Reneé Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, among many others, to the Twin Cities to perform in recital for sold-out audiences.  Following decades of musical collaboration, Music in the Park Series is now part of The Schubert Club.  Founded over 30 years ago, Music in the Park Series engages outstanding artists and chamber ensembles to present concerts in St. Anthony Park’s United Church of Christ.

The Schubert Club is a member of the Arts Partnership, programming a vibrant future for the performing arts in downtown St. Paul together with The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Minnesota Opera and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

The organization’s website is schubert.org

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Press Release: Arts Partnership Reveals Names of Newly Constructed Concert Hall and Adjoining Spaces

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Arts Partnership Reveals Names of Newly Constructed

Concert Hall and Adjoining Spaces

Announcement celebrated with beam-raising event

Media Contact: Jessica Petrie, jpetrie@ordway.org, 651-282-3113

Saint Paul, Minn., (June 11, 2014) – The Arts Partnership, a nonprofit collaboration between the Minnesota Opera, Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, The Schubert Club and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, today announced the official names of the newly constructed concert hall and adjoining spaces at the Ordway. The new facilities, which are expected to open in February 2015, replace the former 300-seat McKnight Theatre.

The first floor lobby and outside area in front of the Ordway will be designated as 3M Plaza, acknowledging 3M as the largest corporate sponsor of the campaign and one with historic connections to the performing arts center. 3M has a long-standing history of contributing to the vibrancy of the arts in St. Paul and has been a leading funder of the Ordway since its inception. It was the granddaughter of 3M investor Lucius Pond Ordway, Sally Ordway Irvine, who gave the lead gift and rallied the community to build the Ordway 30 years ago.

The public spaces throughout the second level of the Ordway will be named the Target Atrium, acknowledging Target for its longstanding leadership of the Arts Partnership organizations as well as the partnership itself.

The third-level lobby of the new hall will be named the Securian Sky Lobby, while the existing third-level lobby of the Music Theater will be named the Securian Balcony Lobby, both offering spectacular views of Rice Park and the Saint Paul Cathedral. Securian’s Chairman and CEO, Bob Senkler, and Minnesota Philanthropy Partners President and CEO, Carleen Rhodes, were instrumental in conceiving the Arts Partnership.

Finally, the newly constructed performance space will be called the Concert Hall and willfeature a plaque at the entrance honoring John and Ruth Huss, whose leadership and generosity made the construction of the Concert Hall possible. For more than 30 years, John and Ruth Huss have generously contributed both time and resources to numerous nonprofit organizations, including all four members of the Arts Partnership.

In celebration of the announcement of the naming of the spaces, the Arts Partnership also held a beam-raising event where the final beam in the construction of the Concert Hall was hoisted into place. The Arts Partnership also gave attendees an update on its campaign, which has raised $80 million to-date.

“Excitement is really building now that we can envision what the finished hall is going to look like,” said Thomas W. Handley, chair of the Ordway’s board of directors.  “The naming is a big step towards the completion of the new hall, so it was the perfect time to gather our board members, donors and community partners and celebrate with the Norse tradition of ‘topping out’ a building.”

Attendees of the naming and beam-raising event included Saint Paul Mayor Christopher B. Coleman; Ordway board member John G. Ordway III; Arts Partnership Campaign Chair Lucy Rosenberry Jones; Ordway Board Chair Thomas W. Handley; Greg Hedin, McGough Construction; Tim Carl, HGA Architects and Engineers; and the CEOs of the four partner organizations: Kevin Ramach, Minnesota Opera; Patricia A. Mitchell, Ordway; Bruce Coppock, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra; and Barry Kempton, The Schubert Club.

 

About the Arts Partnership

The Arts Partnership is a nonprofit collaboration between the Minnesota Opera, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, The Schubert Club and the Ordway in which the needs of the community are placed above the needs of any one particular organization. To date, the Arts partnership has raised $80 million to fund the construction of a new 1,100-seat concert hall at the Ordway. The Arts partnership has been recognized as a national model of arts community collaboration. For more information, visit www.artspartnership.org.

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One Month Out: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 5/19/14

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For Immediate Release:

Media Contact:
Tessa Retterath Jones
tretterath@schubert.org
651.789.4410
 

 
 
THE SCHUBERT CLUB PRESENTS
 
Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone • Ivari Ilja, piano
Monday, May 19, 2014
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Join us at 6:45pm in the Marzitelli Foyer for a pre-concert talk
 
“One of the most remarkable international vocal careers of recent years. His voice is redolent of luxury: beautiful tone, pinpoint intonation, elegant, and impassioned delivery.”
    − New York Times
 
 
ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 16, 2014) – The Schubert Club concludes the 2013-2014 International Artist Series season with Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Estonian pianist Ivari IIja on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Ordway Center.  Mr. Hvorostovsy last appeared on the International Artist Series in 1999.  For his upcoming concert in May he will present a program of songs by Tchaikovsky, Medtner, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.
 
PROGRAM:
 
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
At bedtime (Na son grjadushchij)
Frenzied nights (Nochi bezumnyje)
The nightingale (Solovej)
I bless you, forests (Blagoslovljaju vas, lesa)
Don Juan’s serenade (Serenada Don Zhuana)
 
Nicolas Medtner
Gone are my heart’s desires (Ya pyeryezhil svoi zhyelan’ya)
To a dreamer (Mechtatelju)
The wanderer’s night song (Nochnaja pesn’ strannika)
Winter’s evening (Zimnii vecher)
 
Franz Liszt 
from Tre sonetti di Petrarca, S 280
Pace non trovo, e non ho da far guerra
I’ vidi in terra angelici costumi
 
Sergei Rachmaninoff
The raising of Lazarus (Voskreshenije Lazarja)
Lilacs (Siren’)
Believe me not, friend (Ne ver’ moi drug)
Do not sing, my beauty, to me (Ne poj, krasavica, pri mne)
I wait for you (Ja zhdu tebja)

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About Dmitri Hvorostovsky:
 
Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born and studied in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. From the start, audiences were bowled over by his cultivated voice, innate sense of musical line and natural legato. After his Western operatic debut at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, his career exploded and has included regular engagements at the world’s major opera houses and appearances at international festivals. He performs in concert with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and conductors, including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Termikanov, and Valery Gergiev.
 
Hvorostovsky retains a strong musical and personal contact with Russia. He became the first opera singer to give a solo concert with orchestra and chorus on Red Square in Moscow—a concert televised in over 25 countries. He has gone on to sing concerts in Moscow as a part of the series, “Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends,” to which he has invited such celebrated artists as Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Marcello Giordani, Sumi Jo, and Sondra Radvanovsky. In 2005, he gave an historic tour throughout Russia to commemorate the soldiers of the Second World War. Hvorostovsky now tours Russia and Eastern Europe annually.
 
Hvorostovsky’s discography spans recitals and operas. He has also starred in Don Giovanni Unmasked, an award-winning film (by Rhombus Media) based on the Mozart opera, tackling the dual roles of Don Giovanni and Leporello. Recently, he has established a collaboration with the popular Russian composer Igor Krutoi, with concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, and New York. Recent recordings include a solo CD of Rachmaninoff Romances (with pianist Ivari Ilja), a DVD starring Hvorostovsky alongside Renée Fleming in a film set in St. Petersburg, and a CD/DVD recording of Verdi Opera Scenes with the Philharmonia of Russia conducted by Constantine Orbelian. The 2012–13 season included appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Vienna Staatsoper, Santa Cecilia Rome, Arena di Verona, and Teatro Regio Turin; various concerts and recitals in Europe and Russia; and further CD releases on Ondine Records.
 
About Ivari IIja:
 
Estonian-born pianist Ivari Ilja studied at the Tallinn State Conservatory with Professor Laine Mets and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Vera Gornostayeva and Professor Sergey Dorensky. An internationally recognized accompanist and ensemble musician, he has collaborated with singers Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Irina Arkhipova, Maria Guleghina, and Elena Zaremba on many of the great concert stages of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall of New York, The Kennedy Center of Washington, Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco, La Scala in Milan, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, and the great halls of St. Peterburg Philharmonic and Moscow Conservatory.
 
Ivari Ilja has also held solo recitals in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, Finland, and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and others.
 
His repertoire mostly consists of romantic music, primarily of the works by Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, but also Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten, and others. Since 2003, he has repeatedly toured with great Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, and elsewhere.
 
Tickets start at $25. Availability is limited for this concert.
More info at schubert.org or call 651.292.3268

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For more information on The Schubert Club and its programs please visit schubert.org
 
About The Schubert Club
The Schubert Club is an internationally renowned performing arts organization dedicated to expanding the enjoyment of music through world-class recitals, premier educational programs and rare collections of musical treasures.
 
Founded in 1882, The Schubert Club maintains a highly regarded national and international reputation among leading classical music performers. Its International Artists Series has brought Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Alfred Brendel, Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, among many others, to the Twin Cities to perform in recital for sold-out audiences.
 
Following decades of artistic collaboration, the Music in the Park Series is now part of The Schubert Club.  Founded over 30 years ago, the Music in the Park Series engages outstanding artists and chamber ensembles to present concerts at the St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ.
 
The Schubert Club is a member of the Arts Partnership, programming a vibrant future for the performing arts in downtown St. Paul together with The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Minnesota Opera and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
The organization’s website is schubert.org

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One Month Out: The New Standards with Maria Jette

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For Immediate Release:

Media Contact:
Tessa Retterath Jones
651.789.4410
 

The Schubert Club’s Music In the Park Series &
Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation present

 

Jazz In the Park
with The New Standards
 

A special concert celebrating 
50 years of Community 
 

 
New Standards photo
 
ST. PAUL, MN (April 11, 2014) – The Schubert Club’s Music in the Park Series, in collaboration with the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation, present two special Mother’s Day concerts titled “Jazz In the Park” featuring Twin Cities-based The New Standards with special guest Maria Jette, soprano. The internationally known jazz trio will perform two concerts on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 in celebration of a community that has supported Music in the Park Series for 35 years and the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation for 15 years. The performances (of the same program) are at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 4pm and 7pm.

The Mother’s Day date is especially appropriate since the community of St. Anthony Park has given birth to, and nurtured these two organizations, which are unique not just locally, but nationally. Music in the Park Series has offered world-class musicianship in an affordable and intimate setting. The Community Foundation is one of the few neighborhood-based foundations in the area, providing granting for local non-profits and schools, with a special focus on the arts. The New Standards continue this legacy by featuring Saint Anthony Park native son and bass player, John Munson, along with Chan Poling on piano, and popular vibes man Steve Roehm.

Mother’s Day is also a fitting time to remember John Munson’s mother Mary Jane, a long-time arts advocate and active member of the Saint Anthony Park Arts Forum which played an important role in the creation of Music in the Park Series. This neighborhood treasure was founded by Julie Himmelstrup in 1979 (with a grant from COMPAS). With the help of dedicated volunteers and supporters, Julie has guided the Series as artistic director for 35 years.

Key Music in the Park Series funders have included the Boss Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, Elmer L. and Eleanor J. Andersen Foundation, Anna M. Heilmaier Charitable Foundation, Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation, and The McKnight Foundation. This special event celebrates the spirit of the St. Anthony Park community and the commitment of the Schubert Club, Music in the Park Series and the Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation to promote the critical importance of the arts in our lives and communities.

In addition to these vital organizations, the neighborhood has been home to 3 governors, Nobel Prize winner Saul Bellow, biologist/essayist Lewis Thomas, Psychologist B.F. Skinner, economist Walter Heller, Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug, founder of the Green Revolution, Carol Ryrie Brink, author of the classic children’s novel, Caddie Woodlawn, Greg Howard, originator of Sally Forth comic strip, Dudley Riggs of Brave New Workshop fame, and Minnesota institution Garrison Keillor.

Concert & Ticket Details

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 • 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, Chelmsford Street, Saint Paul
Tickets are on sale starting January 29, 9am and can be purchased online at http://schubert.org/newstandards or (651) 292-3268

About The New Standards

The New Standards are three friends, musicians and raconteurs who have been performing together since 2005 in clubs and theaters everywhere, from Shanghai to New York City. They’ve released half a dozen CDs and populated YouTube with a number of popular videos. In their original state, they take the form of an unusual trio (stand up bass, piano and vibraphone), but of-late have been the soul and creative core of a hydra-headed, funny, freewheeling, nutty yet very moving “Variety Show.”

The members of The New Standards all come from bands of note: Chan Poling, the Suburbs; John Munson, Trip Shakespeare and Semisonic; and Steve Roehm, the Texas punk outfit Billygoat and the avant-jazz Electropolis. Wanting an interesting jazz trio repertoire beyond the usual “old standards”, they got together originally to play and sing their favorite songs – particularly post-1960s pop music – in a stripped-down acoustic setting with the freedom of jazz. That conception has found a loyal audience at home and abroad.

More info at thenewstandards.com

About Maria Jette,
 
Soprano Maria Jette’s wide-ranging career has encompassed everything from early Baroque opera to world premieres, in the United States and abroad.  Her orchestral resumé includes The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Minnesota Orchestra, Houston, Kansas City, San Luis Obispo, Santa Rosa, Charlotte, Buffalo, Grand Rapids, Austin, Marin and San Antonio Symphonies, New York Chamber Symphony, Portland Baroque Orchestra and Musica Angelica; plus Berkshires Opera, Roanoke Opera, Sacramento Opera, and the sadly defunct Ex Machina Antique Music Theatrein her home base of Minneapolis-St. Paul. There, she’s often heard with VocalEssence (led by conductor Philip Brunelle), Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, Minnesota Sinfonia The Schubert Club andLyra Baroque Orchestra. A regular guest over many seasons at the San Luis Obispo Mozart and Oregon Bach Festivals, theMaverick Chamber Series and the Oregon Festival of American Music, she’s often heard nationally on Garrison Keillor’s  A Prairie Home Companion.

About St. Anthony Park Community Foundation

The Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation supports charitable and community activities serving the needs of the St. Anthony Park community, which includes St. Paul’s District 12 boundaries, the University Grove area, 1666 Coffman, the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, and the Fulham block of Lauderdale. In keeping with its mission, “To nurture the unique community assets of St. Anthony Park to secure a strong and vibrant neighborhood for future generations,” the Foundation has provided more than $250,000 in grants to support the following community assets: Education, Arts and Humanities, Children and the Elderly, and the Preservation and Development of Physical Assets.

more info at sapfoundation.org

About Music in the Park Series

Each season, Music in the Park Series presents a chamber music concert series at the acoustically and architecturally superb Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, “home” to the series since 1979. This intimate setting makes possible a connection between performers and audiences that cannot be duplicated in larger halls. It is this special quality about the series that draws composers, performers, and audience members alike to the St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ.

The series offers listeners a rare opportunity to enjoy one of the richest and most varied forms of musical literature. Through imaginative and varied programming, traditional chamber music, jazz, new compositions, and popular music are all available in a context which links rather than separates them. The intimate setting and post-concert gatherings foster a rare bond among composers, performers and listeners of all ages.

“The Music in the Park Series reminds us that chamber music once was the favorite focus of an audience of friends – intimate, familiar, welcoming. Those qualities still exist in St. Anthony Park.” —Saint Paul Pioneer Press

more info at schubert.org/musicinthepark

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