About the Artists:
In their tenth season as Artu Duo, pianist Garret Ross and cellist Ruth Marshall are based in Minneapolis, and enjoy concertizing and teaching on tour and at home. Highlights of the 2019-2020 season include artist-in-residence collaborations with the Saint Paul Conservatory of Music, and Minnesota Public Radio, and a return to the Apollo Music Festival in Houston MN, where they have been ensemble-in-residence since 2013.
After forming in 2011, Artu Duo completed a winter residency course on the Beethoven Sonatas and Variations for Cello and Piano at the Banff Centre in Canada. In 2012, Artu Duo traveled to the Aldeburgh Festival in England, where they completed a residency course on the chamber music of Brahms and Schumann. These immersive experiences sparked a deep love of the music of Beethoven, Brahms and Schumann in Artu Duo, which has been the foundational repertoire for them ever since- not only as a duo, but as a piano trio, quartet, and quintet, when joined by colleagues. From that foundation, Artu Duo also enjoys performing contemporary and rarely-heard works, especially works by Elliott Carter and Thomas Adès. Artu Duo has toured extensively in the United States, playing concerts in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Oregon, Montana, Washington, New York, California, Minnesota, and Louisiana. In both 2013 and 2016, Artu Duo played on the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series in Chicago, which was broadcast live on WFMT. They performed on the Schubert Club Courtroom Concert Series in Saint Paul in 2014, 2016, and 2018. And in 2016, they gave their debut at Carnegie Hall, playing a complete program in the Weill Recital Hall.
Mr. Ross and Ms. Marshall are both committed teachers, and have enjoyed giving masterclasses and performing outreach concerts while on tour. Artu Duo community and educational performances have been presented by the Illinois Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Conservatory, the Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, the Mineral Point Chamber Music Festival, Minnesota Public Radio, and through the Britt Festival Education and Engagement resident artists program. These performances are tailored to the developmental stage of the students, and engage listeners on topics such as form, texture, meaning and expression, and rhythm, alongside relevant musical examples. Additionally, Artu Duo has given collegiate-level masterclasses at the Apollo Music Festival, the University of Louisiana, the State University of New York at New Paltz, Indiana State University, and Humboldt State University.
In 2019, Ms. Marshall and Mr. Ross founded Florestan Chamber Music in order to share more music with their home community of the Twin Cities. For more information on upcoming concerts, please visit florestanchambermusic.org.
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 is also a two-time McKnight Artist Fellow, and has won grants from the American Composers Forum, ASCAP, and Jerome Foundation, and at age 31, was listed in NPR Music’s Top 100 Composers Under 40. Abbie has been a Composer-in-Residence with New York State School Music Association, The Rose Ensemble, The Singers-Minnesota Choral Artists, and Schubert Club. In 2019, she will be the American Composers Forum’s ChoralQuest composer, visiting schools around the U.S. to write new choral music with middle school singers.
Originally from Wisconsin, Abbie is a graduate of St. Olaf College (B.A.), the University of Minnesota (M.A.), and holds a diplôme from the European American Musical Alliance Institute in Paris, France. She lives in Minnesota, where she is Adjunct Professor of Composition at Concordia University-St Paul and executive director of Justice Choir.
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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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