Hosted by composer Abbie Betinis, our popular Courtroom Concerts take place at noon most Thursdays in the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul. This series features accomplished musicians and composers from the Twin Cities and nearby surrounding area, as well as occasional musical newcomers to the area. These one-hour concerts are free and open to the public, and often reach capacity. Complimentary coffee is served. 

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October 2021

FREE Courtroom Concert featuring BorderCrosSing

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, October 7, 12:00 pm

Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor). About the Artists: Founded in 2017, Border CrosSing envisions fundamental change in classical music culture, so…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Randall Scarlata, baritone and Nikki Melville, piano

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, October 14, 12:00 pm

Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor). About the Artists: Randall Scarlata has been praised by the New York Times as "an intelligent…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Twin Cities Hot Club

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, October 21, 12:00 pm

Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor). About the Artists The Twin Cities Hot Club (TCHC) represents Minnesota in the burgeoning revival of…

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November 2021

FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Riverside Winds

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, November 11, 12:00 pm

Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor). About the Artists Trudi Anderson is an active free-lance musician in the Twin Cities and has…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Julia and Irina Elkina, duo piano

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, November 18, 12:00 pm

Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor). About the Artists: “Simply dazzling” is the way the American Record Guide has described the Elkina…

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December 2021

FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Songs of the Season – Carols by Minnesota Composers

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, December 16, 12:00 pm
Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St.
Saint Paul, 55101 United States
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Please Note: This concert will be held at Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul. About the Program Named “most imaginative classical holiday program” by the Star Tribune, and performed to…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Songs of the Season – Carols by Minnesota Composers

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, December 16, 7:00 pm
Central Presbyterian Church, 500 Cedar St.
Saint Paul, 55101 United States
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Please Note: This concert will be held at Central Presbyterian Church in Saint Paul. About the Program Named “most imaginative classical holiday program” by the Star Tribune, and performed to…

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January 2022

FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Regina Stroncek, soprano; Jared Miller, piano

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, January 6, 12:00 pm

About the Artists Minneapolis-based soprano, Regina Stroncek, is a versatile artist who frequently performs as a soloist and ensemble singer. Graduating from the University of Minnesota with degrees in Vocal…

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Courtroom Concert featuring Mark Mazullo, FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Tadeusz Majewski, Heather McLaughlin, and Claudia Chen, piano

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, January 13, 12:00 pm

About the Artists Mark Mazullo is Professor and Chair of the Music Department at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN, where he has been teaching piano and courses on music…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Maria Jette, soprano; Leslie Shank, violin; Brenda Mickens, violin; Sifei Cheng, viola; Laura Sewell, cello

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, January 20, 12:00 pm

About the Artists (left to right) Brenda Mickens, Maria Jette, Leslie Shank, Sifei Cheng, Laura Sewell, AJ Isaacson-Zvidzwa Maria Jette, soprano, has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New…

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February 2022

FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, February 10, 12:00 pm

About the Artist Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, who sings "from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity" (UK Telegraph), is an active soloist and chamber musician hailed for her "rich…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Tjärnblom

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, February 17, 12:00 pm

About the Artists Tjärnblom, Swedish for "woodland lake flower", is a Scandinavian-style string band featuring a beautiful blend of Nyckelharpa, Octave Mandolin, Harmonium and Cello.  They travel a modern "Snoose…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Clea Galhano, recorder and Rene Izquierdo, guitar

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, February 24, 12:00 pm

About the Artists Clea Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as a chamber musician, collaborating with recorder player Marion Verbruggen, Jacques Ogg, Belladonna, Lanzelotte/Galhano…

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March 2022

FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Leslie Shank, viola; Merilee Klemp; oboe; Trudi Anderson, flute; Mimi Tung, piano

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, March 3, 12:00 pm

About the Artists Leslie Shank leads an active musical life as a soloist and chamber musician. She was a member of The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for 30 years, 24…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Duo Ihana: Rie Tanaka, piano; Jesse Nummelin, cello

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, March 10, 12:00 pm

About the Artists: Japanese Pianist Rie Tanaka and Finnish-American Cellist Jesse Nummelin met while studying at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point. The language barrier challenged them to communicate…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Give Get Sistet

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, March 24, 12:00 pm

About the Artist The Give Get Sistet is an expandable improvisational chorus of women based in the Twin Cities with ties around the world. Using a cappella singing and vocal improvisation, the Give…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Francesca Andregg, violin & Matthew McCright, piano

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, March 31, 12:00 pm

About the Artists: Hailed by the New York Times for her “rich tone” and “virtuosic panache,” violinist Francesca Anderegg delivers insightful accounts of contemporary and classical music. Through her inventive…

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April 2022

FREE Courtroom Concert featuring ComMUSICation

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, April 7, 12:00 pm

About the Artist ComMUSICation teaches all youth, regardless of background, skills for success through music-making in St. Paul's Frogtown, Eastside and North End neighborhoods, areas historically underresourced and struggling with…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Maria Jette, Mary Jo Gothmann & Mill City String Quartet

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, April 14, 12:00 pm

About the Artists Maria Jette, soprano, has appeared with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, New York Chamber Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra: the Symphonies of Houston, Austin,…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Mark Billy, baritone

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, April 21, 12:00 pm

About the Artist: Native (Choctaw) baritone Mark Billy is a Verdi baritone with a multi-faceted career in opera, recital, and concert work. In 2020 Mark was awarded a prestigious grant…

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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Georgia Jacobson, mezzo-soprano and Bradley Greenwald, baritone

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, April 28, 12:00 pm

About the Artists A native of Duluth, Minnesota, French-born mezzo-soprano Georgia Jacobson’s recent engagements in 2021 include her premiere of the role Virginia Woolf in a workshop of the new…

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Concert Info

Select Thursdays at 12pm

Fall Courtroom Concerts this season will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile on the 1st floor. In accordance with Ramsey County’s current Covid-19 protocols, masks are required for all visitors to the Landmark Center.

FREE admission.

About the Host:
Composer Abbie Betinis writes music called “inventive, richly melodic” (The New York Times), “superb, whirling, soaring” (Tacoma News Tribune), and “the highlight” of the program (Boston Globe).  With over 50 commissioned works for ensembles such as Cantus, the New England Philharmonic, and The Rose Ensemble, Abbie has been awarded a McKnight Composer Fellowship, grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and was recently listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40.  A resident of Saint Paul, she is adjunct professor of composition at Concordia University, and was composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club from 2005-2017.

Schedule & Programs Subject to Change

Courtroom Concert FAQs

Where are the Courtroom Concerts located, and how do I get there?
Courtroom Concerts are held in Landmark Center, located in downtown Saint Paul.  Normally held in Courtroom 317 on the third floor, these concerts will be in the Landmark Center Cortile on the first floor through November 2021 at least in order to allow for distancing between audience members.

What is the COVID protocol for these concerts?
We want all of our patrons to feel as safe as possible coming to our concerts this season. With this in mind and in accordance with Ramsey County’s current COVID-19 precautions, all guests must wear a face covering when inside the building. We have moved to the main floor of the Landmark Center for concerts through November to allow for more spacing between chairs, but we ask that patrons also be mindful of distancing between parties. These protocols are subject to change in accordance with local government and CDC guidelines. This page will stay up to date with the latest safety protocols

Where should I park when I attend these concerts?
Street and ramp parking are available. The closest ramp is the Lawson Commons Ramp. 

Why are they called Courtroom Concerts?
Our Courtroom Concerts series is named for its venue: the beautiful and historic Courtroom 317 in Landmark Center. Now used for meetings, performances, and rehearsals, Courtroom 317 is a part of Minnesota history. In the 1930’s, it hosted the trials of John Dillinger’s girlfriend, Evelyn Freschette, and those of Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, Doc Barker and Leon Gleckman.

Do I need to purchase tickets or RSVP for these concerts?
No. These concerts are free and seating is general admission. We do appreciate knowing ahead of time if you are bringing a group that has specific seating requirements.

What time should I arrive?
Courtroom Concerts are popular and often fill up, so we recommend arriving early. 

If I am attending as a group, how early should my group arrive?
To ensure your group finds seating together, you should arrive between 11:30 – 11:45.

Is it OK to arrive late?
Yes. If you arrive late, please enter the concert between performers or between pieces. Enter as quietly as possible, and be aware that there may not be seating available, but there is standing room on the sides and in the back of the room.

Do the concerts end promptly at 1:00?
The concerts are scheduled to end at 1pm, but they sometimes extend beyond this time. If you do need to leave before the concert concludes, please do so in a quiet and respectful manner.

Are there accessible entrances and seating?
Landmark Center is accessible for persons with mobility challenges. The accessible entrance is on Market Street, just off 6th Street (north east corner of building).  Large print programs are available by contacting the Schubert Club at least 24 hours in advance.

Can I please share my comments about one of the concerts?
Yes! We’d love to hear your thoughts! Please email us at schubert@schubert.org or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.