The Schubert Club’s 2016-2017 International Artist Series features some of the most exciting classical musicians on the planet. Whether some of the names and faces are new to you or not, trust the Schubert Club to curate a truly unique selection of critically acclaimed and highly regarded artists from around the world. Recitals take place in both Ordway Center venues: two in the Music Theater and three in the new Concert Hall, where you have your choice between evening or daytime concerts. Experience some of the most extraordinary international instrumentalists and vocalists of our generation, right here in St. Paul.

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Renée Fleming, soprano

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, 7:30pm
Ordway Music Theater

In the words of the Star Tribune, “Renée Fleming is a true diva du jour. Her sumptuous soprano, dazzling technique and glamorous persona make her the complete package.” No wonder, then, that this multiple Grammy Award winner has performed in such an extraordinary range of venues, from the balcony of Buckingham Palace to the Super Bowl, President Obama’s inauguration to the 2008 Olympics in Beijing—as well as the most prestigious concert halls and opera stages in the world. With an extraordinary multimedia presence unique among contemporary opera singers, Fleming has made a unique and indelible mark as one of our generation’s most respected and renowned vocalists and performers, both on the stage and off. In addition to her live performances, Fleming has also hosted and appeared in a wide variety of television and radio broadcasts, including the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, Live from Lincoln Center and the Twin Cities’ own A Prairie Home Companion. Having previously graced the Schubert Club stage in 2001, 2005, and 2010, we are once again delighted to present soprano Renée Fleming—for just a single night —as she opens the 2016-2017 International Artist Series.

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Augustin Hadelich, violin & Joyce Yang, piano

Tuesday, November 29, 2016, 7:30pm & Thursday, December 1, 2016, 10:30am
Ordway Concert Hall

With a remarkable consistency throughout his repertoire—from Paganini to Adès—violinist Augustin Hadelich continually astonishes audiences with a phenomenal technique and poetic sensitivity seldom seen in a single artist. In fact, after his January, 2014 performance of the Beethoven violin concerto at Disney Hall, his uncanny blend of technical mastery and refreshing spontaneity prompted the Los Angeles Times to enthusiastically applaud his “pinpoint intonation and surprising turns of phrase.” Similarly, pianist Joyce Yang—who at just 29 years of age has performed as soloist around the world—repeatedly dazzles audiences and critics alike with sheer technique, while simultaneously creating “moment after moment that surprises the listener with a bit of extra musical insight” (Aspen Times). A native of Seoul, South Korea, Yang took her first piano lesson when she was just four years old and entered the prestigious School of Music at the Korea National University of Arts just six years later at the age of 10. The Schubert Club is thrilled to present these two remarkable artists—gifted with extraordinary technical skills and innate artistry—together on the same stage as part of this year’s International Artist Series.

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Gil Shaham, solo violin

Sunday, January 8, 2017, 3:00pm
Ordway Music Theater

To say that Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time may actually be a bit of an understatement. Shaham’s career took off in 1989 when he replaced the legendary Itzhak Perlman (who was unable to perform for health reasons) for a six-concerto, three-night marathon with the London Symphony Orchestra at Royal Festival Hall. Still a high school senior and a student at Juilliard, Shaham stepped off the Concorde at Heathrow to find a throng of reporters, onlookers, and curiosity seekers. If the 18-year old seemed unfazed by it all, perhaps it’s because he’d made his debut with the Jerusalem Symphony at age 10 and with the Israel Philharmonic the following year. His flawless technique combined with his inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit has solidified his renown as a true American master. A multiple Grammy Award-winner and Musical America’s “Instrumentalist of the Year,” Shaham has played virtually every major concert hall in the world. The Schubert Club is thrilled to welcome Gil Shaham back to the Ordway Music Theater stage for a single performance this season and his second appearance in the International Artist Series.

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Miah Persson, soprano & Malcolm Martineau, piano

Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 10:30am & Thursday, March 30, 2017, 7:30pm
Ordway Concert Hall

Accompanied by Malcolm Martineau—one of the world’s leading collaborative pianists and favorite among Schubert Club audiences—soprano Miah Persson makes her debut in the The Schubert Club’s International Artist Series. As a member of the Royal Swedish Opera, soprano Miah Persson has wowed audiences with “spine-tingling moments of vocal splendour” (Edinburgh Spotlight), while the effusive and natural brightness of her voice beguiles listeners with a “sense of gentle repose . . . mixing charm, depth and romantic ardour” (The Sunday Times). Helping to shape this special performance, pianist Malcolm Martineau, brings extraordinary chemistry and freshness to every piece of music he plays. Don’t miss this unique, one-of-a-kind performance by three international masters.

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Alexandre Tharaud, piano

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30pm & Friday, April 28, 2017, 10:30am
Ordway Concert Hall

Despite a flourishing international career that includes performances at such legendary venues as Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, London’s Royal Festival Hall and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in his native Paris, pianist Alexandre Tharaud only played in the U.S. for the first time in January 2015. Clearly, it was well worth the wait. NY Times critic Vivien Schweitzer hailed his debut performance at Carnegie Hall as full of both “articulation and wild exuberance.” As the son of a dance teacher at the Opéra de Paris and the grandson of a violinist, it should come as no surprise that Tharaud’s technical expertise, his “range of touch and colour, and his sheer enthusiasm, shine through every jewel-like piece” (The Guardian.) What is a bit strange, perhaps, is that Tharaud refuses to keep a piano at his own residence for fear that he will come to prefer improvisation and experimentation to rigorous practice. All the better for his audiences who continually delight in his “crisply articulated and vividly etched” (NY Times) renditions of Bach and others. The Schubert Club is proud to welcome Alexandre Tharaud to the Ordway Concert Hall stage for two dates in April 2017 for his International Artist Series debut.

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