Now in its fifth season, Schubert Club Mix is an innovative series that takes the formality out of classical music. Audiences are treated to remarkable and intimate performances with relevant artists who are influencing the musical landscape of today. A mix of old and new, presented in the stylish venues of Aria in downtown Minneapolis, TPT Street Space in St. Paul’s Lowertown, and new this season, Summit Beer Hall, this series is unique to the Schubert Club and not to be missed. 

 

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October 2017

“Alehouse Sessions” by Barokksolistene with Bjarte Eike

Schubert Club Mix
October 12 @ 7:30 pm
Aria, 105 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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Join us for Alehouse Sessions, an energetic evening of English 17th-century tavern music. This nontraditional concert will give the audience a window into this tumultuous period through Purcell overtures, English sea shanties, and Scandinavian folk songs thrown in for good measure. These sessions have been hailed as ‘irresistible’ (The Times), ‘superb’ (The Scotsman) and ‘fabulously unrestrained’ (The Guardian), and they have diverted away from the traditional concert model by ‘creating the effect of a late night jamming session’ (BBC Music Magazine). Using their own arrangement of the tunes, the Barokksolistene ‘Alehouse Boys’ will be making their Twin Cities debut in a program combining humor, unrivalled virtuosity, and a flare for improvisation.

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December 2017

Clarice Assad, vocalist and composer & Sergio Assad, guitar

Schubert Club Mix
December 10 @ 7:30 pm
Aria, 105 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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Brazilian-American vocalist, composer, and pianist Clarice Assad and her world-renowned father Sergio Assad (guitar) will perform a jazz-inspired program primarily featuring music from their first recording together called Reliquia. In a review of this recording, All About Jazz states, “Clarice constantly captivates, whether singing in Portuguese, delivering wordless vocals, or taking to the piano bench, and Sergio, likewise, manages to seduce with his every gesture on guitar.” Clarice’s rising reputation as a composer-performer who comfortably straddles the worlds of jazz, classical, and traditional Brazilian rhythms is quickly catching up with her father’s international prominence as one of the world’s great guitarists. This concert, the first ever Twin Cities performance by this duo, will be a testament to the bonds forged through birth and life, continually strengthened in every small and large gesture of love that takes place between a parent and child.

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January 2018

Libby Larsen’s The Fantom of the Fair and other multi-media works inspired by comic strips

Schubert Club Mix
January 18 @ 6:00 pm
January 18 @ 8:30 pm
TPT Street Space, 172 4th st e
St. Paul, MN 55101 United States
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A well-known name locally and nationally, Libby Larsen was recently recognized as the 2016 McKnight Distinguished Artist. Based out of Minneapolis, she is one of this nation’s leading composers. This one-of-a-kind concert will feature music which Libby has written to combine with comic strip cartoons. The program includes “The Fantom of the Fair” which illustrates a story of the superhero in action at the World’s Fair, “The Peculiar Case of Dr. H.H. Holmes” for baritone & prepared piano with projected drawings, and “Love Tamer” with reconstructed comic strip illustrations. It also features a new piece with lighting design “O Magnum Mysterium” for former King’s Singers member Paul Phoenix.

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March 2018

Colin Currie, percussion

Schubert Club Mix
March 27 @ 7:30 pm
Aria, 105 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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Join us at Aria for a high energy evening featuring Colin Currie, “the world’s finest and most daring percussionist” (The Spectator, 2013). The Guardian highlights his “athletic percussionism, compulsive showmanship and deep musicality.” His Schubert Club Mix program will feature a wide range of instruments and includes music based on stories by Gabriel García Márquez – interspersed with readings of the texts. Currie is as mesmerizing to watch as he is to listen to – and his broad array of percussion instruments make a fascinating theatrical set.

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May 2018

Third Sound

Schubert Club Mix
May 8 @ 7:30 pm
Summit Beer Hall, 910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, 55102 United States
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Join us for this final concert of the Mix season in a brand new venue for this series, Summit Brewery, for a lively evening with New York ensemble Third Sound in their Twin Cities debut performance. Formed in 2015 by composer Patrick Castillo, the ensemble is comprised of Sooyun Kim, flute; Romie de Guise-Langlois, clarinet; Karen Kim, violin; Michael Nicolas, cello; Orion Weiss, piano; and Patrick Castillo, composer. They will bring a mixed program of music including works by Brahms, Schoenberg and a world premiere by Patrick Castillo. In forming the ensemble with his wife Karen Kim, Patrick remarks, “We wanted to assemble a group of musicians whom we could trust with the broad sweep of chamber repertoire, to take everything from Mozart to Schoenberg, to stuff with the ink still wet equally seriously, with total curiosity, and absolutely kill it, no matter what the program.”

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 In the News:

Pioneer Press: Schubert Club Mix series is ‘new generation of classical music’

MinnPost: Schubert Club Mix: Old and new music in nontraditional venues

Venues

Aria
105 North 1st St, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Aria was originally known as the Realty Warehouse Company building, and was designed by noted architect Cass Gilbert, who designed the state Capitol.  From 1992 to 2008, the building was home to the Theatre de la Jeune Lune. After the theater closed in 2008, the four story building remained vacant until 2010 when it was acquired by First & First.  First & First restored Aria to its historic glory, adding chic modern touches along the way.  Aria reopened as an event venue, hosting galas, corporate events, weddings, conferences, and other social gatherings in addition to producing original programming.

TPT Street Space
172 4th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
Opened in the fall of 2015, this gathering place will be used for public events, lectures and performances including future episodes of “The Lowertown Line,” PBS show screenings and community discussions. The space will represent an age of inclusion, collaboration and innovation for public TV.

Summit Beer Hall
910 Montreal Circle, St. Paul, MN 55102
Founded in 1986, Summit beer offers great pride to the Twin Cities. Originally located on University Avenue, their beers quickly became local favorites, and the company began to grow rapidly. By 1998 the company’s beer production had exceeded the capacity of the original University Avenue brewery, and a new brewery, designed by architect Peter O’Brien, was built on the west end of St. Paul, overlooking the Mississippi River. Mix concerts will take place in the brewery’s Ratskeller (German for “council room”). All ages are welcome, but if you want a beer you will be carded, so don’t forget your government-issued picture ID.

I believe there are music-lovers in our community for whom the formality and rituals of a traditional classical music performance in a traditional concert venue are something of a deterrent to attending.  Our idea behind Schubert Club Mix is to relax our presentation style and the ambiance of the venue without at all compromising the quality of the music-making.  
–Barry Kempton, Artistic & Executive Director of The Schubert Club

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