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SOLD OUT – Schubert Revealed: Wu Han & Friends featuring Clara Osowski, Benjamin Beilman & Juho Pohjonen

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, Wu Han, & Friends 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, January 10, 2021.

About the Program

Exciting Finnish piano soloist Juho Pohjonen joins Wu Han in Schubert’s piano duet Fantasie in f minor and plays the Wanderer Fantasy for the third outdoor concert of our Featured Artists residency, “Schubert Revealed.” Of a recent performance, the New York Times lauded Pohjonen’s “pearly touch, singing tone and sensitivity”.  American violinist Benjamin Beilman, who wins regular praise for his passionate performances and deep rich tone, continues the fantasy theme playing Schubert’s Fantasy in C major.  The vocal portions of the program are performed by Twin Cities favorite, Clara Osowski, mezzo soprano, whose recent prizes at song competitions at Wigmore Hall and at the International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany have launched her on an international solo career.

About the Artists

Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, who sings “from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity” (UK Telegraph), is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Hailed for her “rich and radiant voice” (UrbanDial Milwaukee), select opera credits include Ruth, (Pirates of Penzance), Venus (Venus and Adonis), Zita (Gianni Schicchi), Mother (Amahl and the Night Visitors), Dorabella (Cosi fan tutte), and Cavalier Ramiro (La finta giardiniera). She was a 2012 Metropolitan Opera National Council Upper-Midwest Regional Finalist, the winner of the 2014 Bel Canto Chorus Regional Artists Competition in Milwaukee, runner-up in the 2016 Schubert Club Bruce P. Carlson Scholarship Competition, and most recently in 2017 named the winner of the Houston Saengerbund Competition and placed third in the Madison Handel Aria Competition. Recognized for her excellence in Minnesota, Clara was a recipient of the prestigious 2018-2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music. More information at: http://www.claraosowski.com.

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.

Juho Pohjonen is regarded as one of today’s most exciting instrumentalists. The Finnish pianist performs widely in Europe, Asia, and North America, collaborating with symphony orchestras and playing in recital and chamber settings. An ardent exponent of Scandinavian music, Pohjonen’s growing discography offers a showcase of music by Finnish compatriots such as Esa-Pekka Salonen, Kaija Saariaho and Jean Sibelius. More information at www.kirshbaumassociates.com.

Ticket Info

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Program

Schubert: Fantasie in f minor for Piano, Four Hands

Schubert: Songs
1. Der Wanderer
2. Gondelfahrer
3. Abendstern

Schubert: Fantasy in C Major for Piano, D. 760, op. 15, Wanderer

INTERMISSION

Schubert: Songs
1. Dass sie hier gewesen
2. Sei mir gegrüsst
3. Auflosung

Schubert: Fantasy in C Major for Violin and Piano

Musicians

Wu Han, piano
Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano
Benjamin Beilman, violin
Juho Pohjonen, piano