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Theoroi Recap: May & June 2016

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Today’s blog post about Theoroi is written by The Schubert Club’s Marketing Intern, Quinn Shadko.

Theoroi is a Schubert Club program attempting to cultivate the next generation of Twin Cities arts audiences. The 30 members of this group (all in their 20s and 30s) attend a “sampler package” of performing arts events across the Twin Cities to get a wide variety of cultural experiences. The group then uses social media to share their experiences with their own social network.

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In May, Theoroi attended its second-to-last event of the season, Minnesota Opera’s world premiere of The Shining at the Ordway. This was probably my favorite arts experience in season full of incredible performances. The Shining wasn’t opera as one might think of it – stuffy, in another language, with confusing plot lines. Instead, it was an entirely accessible performance, featuring a familiar storyline, a libretto in English, and design elements that made it entirely more exciting than watching the movie at home. The lavish costumes, moving set pieces, and extensive projections helped to tell the story alongside nuanced performances that combined singing, acting, and stage combat. I felt like I was doing more than just seeing an opera – I was a part of a once-in-a lifetime event. I look forward to seeing more world premieres and new works at Minnesota Opera in the future!

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Theoroi’s final event of the season was Liquid Music’s Orpheus Unsung featuring Steven Mackey at the Guthrie. The group met early for a tour of the Guthrie and then went for a quick bite to eat and drink at Day Block Brewery a couple blocks away. The performance itself was in the Dowling Studio at the Guthrie on one of the highest floors with absolutely breathtaking views of the Mississippi River in downtown Minneapolis.

I reached out to member Alyssa Scott to get her opinion of the evening’s performance: “I would have never thought to attend this performance had I not been a member of Theoroi, but I’m glad I was exposed to it.  Knowing that it was based on an opera, but that there wouldn’t be any singing at all, left me not quite sure what to expect.  The music was phenomenal and the show overall was like nothing I’d ever seen before – including a lot of elements like modern dance, technology, and curtains and projected images/video to create various effects that all made you feel like you were truly in the underworld.”

The Theoroi season spans September through June, so the 2015-2016 season is just concluding, and we are in search of new members for the 2016-2017 season! If you’re social media savvy and between the ages of 21-39, consider joining the 2016-2017 group. We’re limited to only 30 individuals, so get your application in soon, as the program always fills up early! schubert.org/theoroi

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Seeking 2015-2016 Theoroi Members

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ABOUT THEOROI

Theoroi is a project of The Schubert Club that aims to cultivate the next generation of Twin Cities arts audiences by engaging a select group of arts ambassadors (all in their 20s and 30s) in a curated season of diverse performances and sparking curiosity about the arts through the use of social media.

The costs of Theoroi are subsidized by The Schubert Club and its Theoroi partners. Because of this, membership in the program is only $150 for new members and $200 for returning members. Your membership includes tickets to ten diverse arts performances, many social gatherings (often with food and/or drinks provided), and exclusive educational opportunities. Additionally, there are many priceless advantages you’ll get from being a part of Theoroi such as VIP status at Theoroi events with special opportunities such as meeting the artists, back stage tours, and premium seating; the opportunity to raise your social media profile; and a great group of about 25 like-minded friends.

This group is typically 25 to 30 individuals, all of diverse backgrounds. You do not need to be knowledgeable or experienced in the arts to participate. Arts newbies are encouraged to apply! Learn more at schubert.org/theoroi

 

Application deadline: 
Friday, August 21, 2015

Save $10 by signing up before June 30, 2015. Use promocode EARLYBIRD when paying.

Apply online now

Please see member guidelines for information about membership requirements and expectations

Theoroi Event 10/16/14

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Hey gang – There’s another Theoroi event around the corner! This week Thursday, Oct 16 we’re going to Mixed Blood for Colossal. It’s about football, so it’s performed in four 15 minute quarters (with a halftime show!) As usual, I encourage you all to do just a bit of research about the show and about Mixed Blood. (Take a look at their Radical Hospitality ticket policy.)

The performance is at 7:30pm, but we’ll meet at 6pm at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown (formerly Holiday Inn) right next to Town Hall Brewery. Mixed Blood has very generously purchased some appetizers for our group, but drinks are on your own.

After the performance, there will be a brief talk-back that I’d like us to stick around for.

I have a few extra tickets for this performance. Please use the Facebook Event page to claim them if you’re interested in bringing a guest.

See you all Thursday!

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Announcing the 2014-2015 Theoroi Schedule of Events

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The Schubert Club is pleased to announce the fourth season of Theoroi. Theoroi is a project of The Schubert Club that aims to cultivate the next generation of Twin Cities arts audiences by engaging a select group of individuals (all in their 20s and 30s) in a curated season of ten diverse arts performances at a variety of Twin Cities arts organizations.

Every year, 25 to 30 individuals are selected to take part in this program. The season spans ten months from September to June, with the group attending one performance each of the ten months.  In addition to the performances, opportunities for additional enrichment, such as conversations with artists or backstage tours are arranged for the group before or after each event.

The project takes advantage of the power of social media by requiring the group to share about their arts experiences to their own social networks. Much like the Theoroi of Ancient Greece whose job it was to journey to festivals as ambassadors and announce and invite others to these celebrations, the members of Schubert Club’s Theoroi act as ambassadors of the arts by spreading the word about their cultural experiences through interactive social media outlets.

Members to Theoroi pay a nominal membership fee, and all other costs for participating in the program are subsidized by The Schubert Club. Registration is now open for the 2014-2015 season. The registration deadline is August 1, 2014. Prospective members are asked to submit an online application which can be found at schubert.org/theoroi.


2014-2015 Theoroi Schedule of Events

Friday, September 19
Cedar Cultural Center Presents Matuto at Icehouse, Minneapolis
Employing renowned musicians across NYC’s diverse jazz, roots, and world music scenes, Matuto features violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instruments: the alfaia (a large, wooden, rope-tuned bass drum), the pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine), the berimbau (a single-string on a bow struck with a small stick), and the agogô (a pair of small, pitched metal bells.) With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture.

Thursday, October 16
Mixed Blood presents Colossal at Mixed Blood Theater, Minneapolis
Performed in four 15-minute quarters with a half-time show, featuring a dance company, a drum corps, and a fully-padded cast, Colossal is an epic event that simultaneously celebrates and attacks our nation’s most popular form of theater: football. A star football player–a pro prospect, one of the most graceful runners in the world, and a man in love with a teammate–struggles to move forward in the wake of a catastrophic spinal cord injury. With a cast of two dozen men, and full contact choreography, this play about love, ability, and extraordinary feats of strength tackles definitions of masculinity and the male body as a vehicle for language, violence, and silent expression through dance, football, and disability.

Sunday, November 16
Bakken Trio & Black Label Movement at Antonello Hall at MacPhail Center for Music, Minneapolis
Bakken Trio is a premier chamber ensemble in the Twin Cities. The November program will be titled: “John Adams (finally) Dances” and will feature Stravinsky, Liszt, and John Adams’s John’s Book of Alleged Dances for electric string quartet with the collaboration of the Black Label Movement dancers.

Friday, December 19
Cantus, Theater Latté Da and Hennepin Theatre Trust – All is Calm at Pantages Theater, Minneapolis
The Western Front, Christmas, 1914. Out of the violence comes a silence, then a song. A German soldier steps into No Man’s Land singing “Stille Nacht.” Thus begins an extraordinary night of camaraderie, music, peace. A remarkable true story, told in the words of the men who lived it. The piece is a radio musical drama, using only the tools of radio: music and text. The music ranges from trench songs to patriotic and sentimental tunes, as well as Christmas music from the participating countries. The text is taken from a wide range of sources including letters, journals, official war documents, poetry, grave stone inscriptions – even an old radio broadcast.

Sunday, January 18
Schubert Club Mix: Brooklyn Rider with Greg Saunier at Aria, Minneapolis
Hailed as “the future of chamber music,” the game-changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider offers eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that continue to attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world, and rock critics alike. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.” For their Schubert Club Mix performance at Aria, they will be joined by special guest Greg Saunier, drummer of the Indie rock band Deerhoof. The program will feature music from the group’s cross-disciplinary commissioning project, “The Brooklyn Rider Almanac.”

Friday, February 20
Ten Thousand Things: The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Venue TBA, Minneapolis
Ten Thousand Things returns to the musical that started the company’s unique investigation of the form more than 15 years ago: The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Artistic Director Michelle Hensley and Music Director Peter Vitale will freshly reimagine this classic American rags-to-riches story of a woman who can’t decide whether money or love is more important. Maggie Chestovich and Tyson Forbes star as Molly and Johnny Brown.

Sunday, March 8
The Schubert Club Presents Pekka Kuusisto with Dermot Dunne, accordion at Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul
This is one of the first events in the new Ordway Concert Hall. Highly creative Finnish violinist, Pekka Kuusisto is joined by Dermot Dunne, accordion in a program of J. S. Bach Violin Partitas interspersed with Scandinavian traditional tunes.

Saturday, April 11
Martha Graham Dance Company at Northrop Auditorium, Minneapolis
Martha Graham has had a deep and lasting impact on American art and culture. She single-handedly defined contemporary dance as a uniquely American art form, which the nation has in turn shared with the world. Crossing artistic boundaries, she collaborated with and commissioned work from the leading visual artists, musicians, and designers of her day, including sculptor Isamu Noguchi and composers Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, and Gian Carlo Menotti. Graham’s groundbreaking style grew from her experimentation with the elemental movements of contraction and release. By focusing on the basic activities of the human form, she enlivened the body with raw, electric emotion. The sharp, angular, and direct movements of her technique were a dramatic departure from the predominant style of the time.

Thursday, May 7
Penumbra presents Detroit ‘67 at Penumbra Theater, St. Paul
When their parents died, Chelle and Lank inherited their childhood home in Detroit, Michigan. To make ends meet the siblings host “basement parties” spinning the newest records to come out of Motown, a risky business as police crack down on after-hours joints in black neighborhoods. When Lank happens upon a badly beaten white woman stumbling along the avenue, he decides to bring her home to his sister for help. As tensions between police and black residents rise, Chelle and Lank suddenly find themselves in danger.  Winner of The Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama, Detroit ’67 is a tense, entertaining portrayal of the hazards of idealism at the epicenter of a riot.

June Event – to be announced later in the season.