Courtroom Concert Program Details

October 22, 2015, Noon
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center

Roderick Phipps-Kettlewell, piano/artistic director
Marilène Phipps-Kettlewell, poet • Riley Svatos, soprano
Erick Krohg, baritone

“The Poet’s Song”: A program of British and American Poetry and Song
This program is a creative mix of spoken poetry and art songs in the English language that will explore the connections, commonalities and differences between distinct cultures, even as we share a language. From classic poems and songs to work by living poets and composers, there is a vast range of beautiful words and music, some obscure and some iconic.

rkettlewellRoderick Phipps-Kettlewell is an English-born concert pianist, conductor, teaching and recording artist, who has previously served as Artist-in-Residence for the Schubert Club Museum. He has been Music Director of the Bach Society of Minnesota, Wayzata Community Church, St. John the Evangelist Episcopal Church and performed many times with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and in chamber music recitals with its members, and those of the Minnesota Orchestra. His performing career has taken him across the United States and Europe, including the Wigmore Hall and Purcell Room in London, the Aldeburgh Festival, Carnegie’s Weill Hall and Alice Tully Hall in New York. Roderick’s interest in British and American Song came from his work with Sir Peter Pears, Michael Pilkington, Paul Sperry and many living composers. More information can be found at

mkettlewellMarilène Phipps-Kettlewell is a Haitian-born poet, painter and short story writer. She has held fellowships at the Guggenheim Foundation, at Harvard’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for Afro-American Research and the Center for the Study of World Religions, as well as at Radcliffe’s Bunting Institute. Her collection, The Company of Heaven: Stories from Haiti won the 2010 Iowa Short Fiction Award. Her poetry won the Grolier Poetry Prize, while her collection Crossroads and Unholy Water won the Crab Orchard Poetry Prize. Her poems are also published in England by Carcanet Press Inc.. She is the editor of The Library of America’s Jack Kerouac: Collected Poems.

svatosRiley Svatos made her debut with Florida Grand Opera in 2013 as Helen Niles in Marvin David Levy’s Mourning Becomes Electra, where she also sang Estelle in Andy Vores’ No Exit. Ms. Svatos completed her studies in 2013 for the Master of Music Program at Indiana University, where she studied with Costanza Cuccaro. In 2012 she was the grand-prize winner of the Franco-American Vocal Academy Grand Concours de Chant, was awarded the Winston Scholarship from the National Society of Arts and Letters. She performed the title role in Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Golden Cockerel and Thibault in Verdi’s Don Carlos with Sarasota Opera.

krohgErik Krohg is a recent graduate of Indiana University, where he served as an Associate Instructor in Voice while earning a Master of Music in Voice Performance as a student of Timothy Noble. At Indiana, he performed the roles of Schaunard in La Bohème and Captain Corcoran in H.M.S. Pinafore. Concert credits as baritone soloist included Josef Haydn’s Paukenmesse, Britten’s War Requiem, and Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs. Krohg earned a Bachelor of Music Summa Cum Laude in Vocal Performance from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he studied with Peter Halverson. In 2013, Krohg was an Associate Fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center.

Concert Info

October through April
Thursdays from 12pm – 1pm
Courtroom 317, Landmark Center


Hosted by Schubert Club
Composer-in-Residence, Abbie Betinis.

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Seating is limited and first come first served. Doors open at 11:30. Please call if you are attending as a group of 10 or more (651.292.3267).

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