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FREE Courtroom Concert featuring Joanne Opgenorth, Jennifer Gerth, Laura Sewell, and Ora Itkin

Courtroom Concerts
Thursday, March 29, 12:00 pm

Thursday, March 29, 2018, 12pm

Featuring Joanne Opgenorth, violin; Jennifer Gerth, clarinet; Laura Sewell, cello; Ora Itkin, piano



Quartet for the End of Time—Olivier Messiaen
     Liturgie de cristal
     Vocalise, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps
     Abîme des oiseaux
     Louange à l’Éternité de Jésus
     Danse de la fureur, pour les sept trompettes
     Fouillis d’arcs-en-ciel, pour l’Ange qui annonce la fin du Temps
     Louange à l’Immortalité de Jésus


 About the Artists:

Laura Sewell was a member of the Artaria String Quartet from 2007-2016. Earlier in her career she was the founding cellist of the Lark Quartet. Ms. Sewell received her Bachelor’s Degree from the Juilliard School where she was a student of Leonard Rose, and her Master’s Degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music where she studied with Alan Harris. She also had the opportunity, at the age of 17, to study with the legendary cellist, Jacqueline DuPre. Ms. Sewell plays as a substitute cellist with both the Minnesota and St. Paul Chamber Orchestras and has been a guest artist with the Chamber Music Society of Minnesota, the Bakken Trio, and the Musical Offering. She has appeared on Saint Paul Sunday and on A Prairie Home Companion. She has premiered solo works by Paul Schoenfield, Stephen Paulus, and Steve Heitzeg, and chamber works by Libby Larsen, Peter Schickele, Jon Deak, and Stanislaw Skrowacewski. She has been on the faculties of the MacPhail Center for the Arts, Augsburg College, Madeline Island Music Camp, Stringwood, and the Artaria Chamber Music School. From 2000-2008 she served on the board of Chamber Music America.

Ora Itkin graduated from the Russian Academy of Music in Moscow. After emigrating to Israel she graduated from Tel-Aviv University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem’s Rubin Academy of Music. She has performed locally at the Schubert Club, Minnesota Orchestra Hall, Sundin Hall, Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Temple Israel, and University of Minnesota. Ms. Itkin has also performed internationally, in Russia, the Middle East, Europe, and Latin America, and has been broadcast live on MPR, Radio of San Juan, Kol Israel Radio, and Moscow Radio. Recently, Ms. Itkin was a guest performer and clinician at the Second Caribbean Festival of Humanities and the Latin American Composers Forum.  Ms. Itkin is the founder and artistic director of the multidisciplinary music forums Muse Salon, featured by the University of Minnesota’s Campus Club, The Weisman Art Museum, the Schubert Club, and Alliance Francaise. She is also the writer and producer of her original, multimedia series ArtAffects, the first two installments of which are entitled To be . . . Goya, and Fiddler without a Roof. Ms. Itkin serves as a faculty member at the University of St. Thomas, MacPhail Center for Music, and the St. Paul Conservatory of Music. She maintains a private piano studio and leads a community group for amateur pianists. A life-long advocate of interdisciplinary learning, Ms. Itkin treats music, both in her teaching and performing career, as an essential element that connects minds across backgrounds and generations.

Concert Info

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


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

View the Frequently Asked Questions about the Courtroom Concerts.

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).

Schedule & Programs Subject to Change

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 composer-in-residence with the Schubert Club.


March 29, 2018
12:00 pm
Event Category:


Landmark Center Courtroom 317
75 W 5th St MN 55102 United States


Courtroom Concert Series