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.
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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Maria Jette, soprano; Leslie Shank, violin; Brenda Mickens, violin; Sifei Cheng, viola; Laura Sewell, cello
Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor). About the Artists (left to right) Brenda Mickens, Maria Jette, Leslie Shank, Sifei Cheng, Laura Sewell, AJ…Find out more »
Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor). About the Artist Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, who sings "from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity"…Find out more »
Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor). About the Artists Tjärnblom, Swedish for "woodland lake flower", is a Scandinavian-style string band featuring a beautiful…Find out more »
Please Note: This concert will be held in the Landmark Center Cortile (1st floor). About the Artists Clea Galhano has performed in the United States, Canada, South America and Europe as…Find out more »
FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Leslie Shank, viola; Merilee Klemp; oboe; Trudi Anderson, flute; Mimi Tung, piano
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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,…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
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…Find out more »
Select Thursdays at 12pm
January and February Courtroom Concerts 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.
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 at least February 2022 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 February 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. The Science Museum parking ramp is also nearby and is $5 a day.
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 or have specific seating requirements.
When should I arrive for these concerts?
This concert series is quite popular, so you may want to try to arrive early if possible as many concerts do fill to capacity.
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 as quietly as possible and be respectful of the rest of the audience.
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 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.