Hill House Chamber Players 2015-2016

Behind the Lines – Music and Composers of World War I

A hundred years ago, World War I (1914-1918) was the cataclysmic event that gave birth to the modern era. Three of James J. and Mary T. Hill’s children were traveling in Belgium when German forces invaded the country. They escaped to England and eventually returned home. The family organized war relief efforts and James J. Hill was instrumental in the massive loans that supported England and France. When the US entered the war in 1918, family members served in the military while Mrs. Hill knitted countless socks and helmet liners for soldiers mustered out of Fort Snelling. 

In only four years the war ultimately impacted millions, including the lives of well-known composers and musicians. Several promising talents died at the front, and others suffered debilitating physical and mental injuries. Those that survived the wounds of war wrote music that reflected the profound impact it made on them. From the ironic and sometimes tragic coincidences to the battlefield itself, each musician had a compelling and timeless story. 

The Hill House Chamber Players have chosen to honor several of these composers throughout the season, and bring the music of a century ago to the historic setting of the Hill House.

The Hill House Chamber Players perform at the historic James J. Hill House. The series is cosponsored by The Schubert Club and the Minnesota Historical Society. 
October 19 & 26, 2015
Mozart: String Quartet in D major, K. 575
Guastavino: Las Precencias No. 6 for String Quartet and Guitar
Granados: La Maja de Goya & Danza Espanola No. 10
Kreisler: String Quartet in A minor

February 1 & 8, 2016
Guest Artist: Mary Jo Gothmann, piano
Van: Fantasma de Falla da Camera for Guitar and String Trio
Elgar: Sonata, Opus 82 for Violin and Piano
Mendelssohn: Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor, Opus 66
April 25 & May 2, 2016
Guest Artists: Mary Jo Gothmann, piano; Timothy Zavadil, clarinet; Craig Johnson, narrator
Stravinsky: The Soldier’s Tale
Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes, Opus 34
Ravel: Piano Trio in A minor
Programs subject to change 

Complimentary coffee and mineral water are served at concerts, and house tours are available following each program.



Single Tickets: $22  ($4 discount for MN Historical Society Members and Schubert Club Subscribers)

Student (with valid ID or .edu email): $12

Season Tickets: $55 season ticket $50 for MN Historical Society Members and Schubert Club subscribers


Call (651) 297-2555 to order tickets All concerts begin at 7:30pm and are held at James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN

Hill House Chamber Players
Julie Ayer, violin
Catherine Schubilske, violin
Thomas Turner, viola
Tanya Remenikova, cello

photo credit Sifei Cheng