Hosted by composer Abbie Betinis, our popular Courtroom Concerts take place at noon most Thursdays in courtroom 317 of 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 are free and open to the public, and often reach capacity. Complimentary coffee is served.
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Courtroom Concerts during the 2020-2021 season will be presented online.
Select Thursdays at 12pm
Hosted by Abbie Betinis.
Schedule & Programs Subject to Change
Courtroom Concert FAQs
Where are the Courtroom Concerts located, and how do I get there?
These concerts are held in Courtroom 317 on the third floor of the Landmark Center in downtown Saint Paul.
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 10-15 minutes early. If you are attending with a group and plan to sit together, we recommend arriving 15-30 minutes early.
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.
Can I eat my lunch during the concert?
Most people come just to enjoy the music, but if you would like to eat your lunch our only request is that you are considerate of other audience members and try to keep the noise to a minimum (i.e. please don’t bring your lunch in a paper bag).
I don’t have much time during the lunch hour, is it ok to leave early?
If a concert runs past 1pm or if you need to leave early, as a courtesy to others, please do so quietly between pieces.
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 email@example.com or share your thoughts on our Facebook page.
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.