SOLD OUT – Schubert Revealed: David Finckel, Wu Han & Friends featuring Benjamin Beilman, Rebecca Albers, Kristen Bruya & Paul Appleby
Thursday, June 3, 7:00PM
Schell’s Stage at Schilling Amphitheater
Schubert Club’s 2020-21 Featured Artists, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, were scheduled to perform several concerts featuring the chamber music of Franz Schubert as part of their residency this season. Due to complications caused by the pandemic, we were unable to present these concerts when they were originally scheduled. We are now delighted to be able to offer a rescheduling of the Schubert Revealed residency with an outdoor concert series featuring David Finckel and Wu Han taking place June 3rd-10th. Ticket holders to any performances by David Finckel and Wu Han during the 2020-21 season will have first access to purchase tickets to these outdoor concerts.
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This concert was originally scheduled for Sunday, November 22, 2020.
This concert is dedicated to the memory of Katherine (Katja) Georgieff
About the Program
Schubert Club’s 2020-21 Featured Artists, David Finckel and Wu Han, perform chamber music by Franz Schubert as a part of their residency, “Schubert Revealed.” The first program of the outdoor concert series showcases some of Schubert’s greatest instrumental and vocal chamber music, concluding with the popular Trout Quintet for piano and strings.
About the Artists
Violinist Benjamin Beilman has won praise both for his passionate performances and deep, rich tone which the Washington Post called “mightily impressive,” and the New York Times described as “muscular with a glint of violence.” Highlights of his 2018-19 season include play-directing and curating a program with the Vancouver Symphony; making his debut at the Philharmonie in Cologne with Ensemble Resonanz and with the Munich Chamber Orchestra in Koblenz; performing Four Seasons with the Cincinnati Symphony and Richard Egarr; returning to the City of Birmingham Symphony; and debuting with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and Elim Chan. In recital, he will be presented by Lincoln Center in New York, Spivey Hall in Atlanta, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and perform Mozart sonatas at Philadelphia’s Perelman Theater and Carnegie Hall with pianist Jeremy Denk. His European recital and chamber music engagements include the Moritzburg Festival, Concertgebouw, and Wigmore Hall for a BBC Radio 3 live broadcast. He released his first disc for Warner Classics in 2016, titled Spectrum and featuring works by Stravinsky, Janácek, and Schubert. An alum of The Bowers Program (formerly CMS Two), Mr. Beilman studied with Ida Kavafian and Pamela Frank at the Curtis Institute of Music, and Christian Tetzlaff at the Kronberg Academy. He plays the “Engleman” Stradivarius from 1709 generously on loan from the Nippon Music Foundation.
Rebecca Albers is the Principal Violist of the Minnesota Orchestra. She has performed throughout the US, Europe and Asia, having made her New York debut at Lincoln Center performing the New York premiere of Adler’s Viola Concerto. As a chamber musician, she has performed at such festivals as the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Marlboro, the Rome Chamber Music Festival, the Seattle Chamber Music Society Summer and Winter Festivals, and the International Musicians Seminar and Open Chamber Music at Prussia Cove. Ms. Albers is a member of Accordo, a Twin Cities-based chamber ensemble whose members are principal players from the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and the Minnesota Orchestra. She is a Distinguished Artist faculty member at Mercer University’s Robert McDuffie Center for Strings in Macon, Georgia. She previously taught at the University of Michigan, in the Juilliard School’s college and pre-college divisions in collaboration with Heidi Castleman, and at such summer programs as the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Perlman Music Program and the North American Viola Institute. Ms. Albers received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Heidi Castleman and Hsin-Yun Huang.
Kristen Bruya joined the Minnesota Orchestra as principal bass in February 2015. Prior to this, she was the assistant principal bass of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra from 2010 through 2014, and a member of Nashville Symphony Orchestra’s bass section from 2006 to 2010. She received an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Michigan, did extended studies at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and received a Master of Music from Rice University. From 2000-2004, she was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Fl.
Bruya loves collaborating in chamber music and has performed with various groups in the Twin Cities as well as with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival from 2013-2015. Bruya teaches privately, and has presented masterclasses at New World Symphony, Northwestern University, Peabody, Indiana University, and the University of Houston, among other schools. From 2011-14 she taught at the University of Toronto. Bruya is currently serving as a member of New World Symphony’s newly formed Alumni Advisory Committee and is looking forward to collaborating with alumni and current Fellows.
In her spare time, Bruya practices Bikram yoga, takes her dog on walks around Minneapolis’s beautiful parks, enjoys volunteer work in the Minneapolis community, and loves to cook and read. She resides in south Minneapolis with her husband Andy Chappell, bass trombonist of the Minnesota Orchestra.
American Paul Appleby has become one of the most admired tenor voices of his generation, regularly appearing on the world’s great opera, concert and recital stages. Opera News writes of him, “… his tenor is limpid and focused, but with a range of colour unusual in an instrument so essentially lyric… His singing is scrupulous and musical; the voice moves fluidly and accurately.”Appleby’s 2020/2021 season includes a return to Glyndebourne Festival as Tamino in Barbe et Doucet’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte under Constantin Trinks.
A graduate of New York’s Juilliard School and the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera, Appleby has since been a frequent guest artist on that stage including as Hylas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens under Fabio Luisi, as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by James Levine, and in a “star-making performance” (New York Post) as the lead role of Brian in the North American premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys under the baton of David Robertson.