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September 2018

First Thursday in September

First Thursdays
Thursday, September 6, 4:00 pm
Schubert Club Museum, 75 W 5th St, 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55112 United States
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The Schubert Club Museum is open late on the First Thursday of each month from 4-8 pm! Free to the public, visitors can enjoy guided tours, live demonstrations, fun interactive music-making, and complimentary wine (for guests 21+) and refreshments. Every month is a unique experience with different activities hosted by Schubert Club, such as special guest(s) and demonstrations, live music, and trivia contests with opportunities to win tickets for Schubert Club performances. 

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Miró Quartet

Music in the Park Series
Sunday, September 23, 4:00 pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave
St Paul, 55108 United States
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The 2018-2019 Music in the Park Series will open with the return of Miró Quartet. Hailed by The New York Times as possessing “explosive vigor and technical finesse”, the dynamic Miró Quartet, one of America’s highest-profile chamber groups, enjoys its place at the top of the international chamber music scene. Founded in 1995 at the Oberlin Conservatory, the quartet met with immediate success winning first prize at the 50th annual Coleman Chamber Music Competition in April 1996, and taking both the first and grand prizes at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition two months later. In 2005, the Quartet received the Cleveland Quartet Award and was the first ensemble ever to be awarded the coveted Avery Fisher Career Grant. The quartet’s program comprises quartets by Schumann and Mendelssohn and, honoring their fierce devotion to contemporary music, Kevin Puts’ third string quartet entitled “Credo”. The Miró Quartet is named for the surrealist Spanish artist Joan Miró.

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October 2018

Strings Across the Ocean! with Trio Larsson

KidsJam
Tuesday, October 2, 10:30 am
Wednesday, October 3, 10:30 am
Schubert Club Museum, 75 W 5th St, 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55112 United States
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CREATE a magical, mysterious, multi-instrument band with the musicians. LISTEN and LEARN as the trio introduces several stringed instruments in a short concert. PLAY the instruments and strike up your own string band!

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Nicola Benedetti, violin & Alexei Grynyuk, piano

Schubert Club Mix
Tuesday, October 2, 7:30 pm
Aria, 105 N 1st St
Minneapolis, MN 55401 United States
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Schubert Club Mix kicks off for the season at one of our audience’s favorite locations, the hip and stylish downtown Minneapolis warehouse-converted-event-space Aria. On stage is Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti, Schubert Club's first annual Featured Artist, together with collaborative pianist Alexei Grynyuk. As a child and teenage prodigy, Nicola racked up award after award, and she hasn't slowed down. Today she is one of the most sought after violinists for solo and orchestral performances. Her Schubert Club Mix performance will explore Brahms's music and life story through the lens of the violin sonatas.

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First Thursday in October

First Thursdays
Thursday, October 4, 4:00 pm
Schubert Club Museum, 75 W 5th St, 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55112 United States
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The Schubert Club Museum is open late on the First Thursday of each month from 4-8 pm! Free to the public, visitors can enjoy guided tours, live demonstrations, fun interactive music-making, and complimentary wine (for guests 21+) and refreshments. Every month is a unique experience with different activities hosted by Schubert Club, such as special guest(s) and demonstrations, live music, and trivia contests with opportunities to win tickets for Schubert Club performances. 

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Accordo: Monday, October 8, 2018

Accordo
Monday, October 8, 7:30 pm
Westminster Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Join us for an evening with Accordo (a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra) featuring the repertoire: Cherubini: String Quintet in e minor and Schubert: String Quintet in C Major.

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Hill House Chamber Players: October 8 & 15

Hill House Chamber Players
Monday, October 8, 7:30 pm
Monday, October 15, 7:30 pm
James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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The Hill House Chamber Players, musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and University of Minnesota faculty, perform in the intimate space of the art gallery of the historic James J Hill House on Summit Ave in Saint Paul. The theme “Trio Masterworks” is a celebration and exploration of the diverse repertoire for combinations of piano, violin, viola, cello and clarinet. Admission includes an optional 6:45 pre-concert conversation with musicians and music blogger Emily Hogstad, intermission refreshments, and a post-performance tour of the magnificent Gilded Age mansion, home to one of St. Paul's most famous families.

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Accordo at Icehouse: Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Accordo
Tuesday, October 9, 7:30 pm
Icehouse MPLS, 2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, 55404 United States
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Join us for an informal repeat performance at the restaurant and music venue, Icehouse in Minneapolis. Accordo is a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Repertoire to be selected from the previous evening’s concert program: Cherubini: String Quintet in e minor and Schubert: String Quintet in C Major

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Trio con Brio Copenhagen

Music in the Park Series
Sunday, October 14, 4:00 pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave
St Paul, 55108 United States
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Making a welcome return to Music in the Park Series is the piano trio, Trio con Brio Copenhagen, hailed for their “unique sound and unity of interpretation” (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung). Founded in Vienna in 1999 with the concept of pairs coming together, the two Korean Hong sisters and Jens Elvekjaer (who is married to Soo-Kyung Hong) have been exploring the piano trio repertoire with freshness and curiosity as well as with respect and reflection. Their Mendelssohn CD was chosen by Britain’s Classic FM as its Chamber Disc of 2011. Their program features piano trios by Beethoven, Brahms and the Piano Trio in G minor by Czech composer Bedrich Smetana written in response to the death of his daughter. Soo-Jin plays a violin built by Andrea Guarneri from the 17th century and Soo-Kyung plays a Grancino cello. Jens is Denmark’s first Steinway artist.

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Sphinx Virtuosi: Music Without Borders

Arts Partnership Copresentation
Sunday, October 28, 3:00 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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A chamber ensemble comprised of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical string soloists, the Sphinx Virtuosi returns to Saint Paul after acclaimed performances at the Ordway in 2016 and 2017. The orchestra will perform music by composers from communities searching for harmony and separated by time, distance, hardship and conflict. Included are works by Emmy-nominated Syrian-American composer Kareem Roustom, three-time Grammy-nominated Uruguayan-American composer Miguel del Aguila, multiple Grammy Award-winning American jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard, and the Chamber Symphony of one of the towering figures of classical music, Dmitri Shostakovich. 

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Igor Levit, piano

International Artist Series
Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 pm
Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Winner of Gramophone’s “Recording of the Year 2016” award and most recently named the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Gilmore Artist Award, a $300,000 international piano prize conferred every four years, Igor Levit has now progressed from rising star to “one of the essential artists of his generation” (The New York Times). Born in Nizhny Novgorod in 1987, Levit moved with his family to Germany at the age of eight where he currently resides. As the youngest participant in the 2005 Arthur Rubinstein Competition in Tel Aviv, Igor Levit won the Silver Prize, as well as the Prize for Best Performer of Chamber Music, the Audience Favorite Prize, and the Prize for Best Performer of Contemporary Music. After making his U.S. debut in 2015 and his International Artist Series debut in 2016, the Schubert Club enthusiastically welcomes this phenomenal young artist back, this time to the larger Ordway Music Theater, for a predominantly Germanic recital program featuring the music of Bach, Busoni, Schumann, Wagner and Liszt.

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November 2018

First Thursday in November

First Thursdays
Thursday, November 1, 4:00 pm
Schubert Club Museum, 75 W 5th St, 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55112 United States
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The Schubert Club Museum is open late on the First Thursday of each month from 4-8 pm! Free to the public, visitors can enjoy guided tours, live demonstrations, fun interactive music-making, and complimentary wine (for guests 21+) and refreshments. Every month is a unique experience with different activities hosted by Schubert Club, such as special guest(s) and demonstrations, live music, and trivia contests with opportunities to win tickets for Schubert Club performances. 

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Tales and Music from West Africa with Christian Adeti

KidsJam
Tuesday, November 6, 10:30 am
Wednesday, November 7, 10:30 am
Schubert Club Museum, 75 W 5th St, 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55112 United States
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LEARN the vibrant songs and dances of West Africa. CREATE your own West African instrument and PLAY rhythms together in a lively community gathering! LISTEN to stories of past and present West Africa with themes of change and hope.

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Harlem String Quartet

Schubert Club Mix
Wednesday, November 7, 7:30 pm
Summit Beer Hall, 910 Montreal Circle
St. Paul, 55102 United States
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The Harlem Quartet brings a program featuring its distinct mixture of classical and jazz influenced music. Formed in 2006 by the Sphinx Organization, the quartet now performs around the world including a current three-year residency at London’s Royal College of Music. The quartet has been praised for its “panache” by The New York Times and hailed in the Cincinnati Enquirer for “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent.” Schubert Club Mix audiences love to hear "new attitude!" By popular demand, we’ll be returning to Summit Beer Hall for this exciting performance. Come early for free brewery tours, food trucks, and, of course, beer.

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Alexander Fiterstein and Friends

Music in the Park Series
Sunday, November 18, 4:00 pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave
St Paul, 55108 United States
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Alexander Fiterstein, clarinet
Elena Urioste, violin
Nicholas Canellakis, cello
Michael Brown, piano

Clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein, Twin Cities-based until recently, is considered one of today’s most exceptional performers of the instrument. He won first prize at the Carl Nielsen International Clarinet Competition and received the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. As a Juilliard graduate, he won first prize at the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received awards from the America-Israel Cultural Foundation. Alex has invited his friends Elena Urioste (violin), Nicholas Canellakis (cello) and Michael Brown (piano) to join him for this program of Mieczysław Weinberg’s Clarinet Sonata and Olivier Messiaen’s much loved Quartet for the End of Time. Urioste, Canellakis and Brown have established themselves as three of the most sought-after young virtuosos on the classical music scene today. Each are winners, like Fiterstein, of an Avery Fisher Career Grant. Among the various other prizes and recognition they have individually won are inclusion in the BBC New Generation Artist Scheme, Sphinx and Concert Artists Guild competitions, and Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center auditions. They have performed in many of the most prestigious venues across the United States and Europe.

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Christopher Maltman, baritone & Audrey Saint-Gil, piano

International Artist Series
Thursday, November 29, 7:30 pm
Saturday, December 1, 10:30 am
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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A globally-renowned Don Giovanni, Christopher Maltman has sung the role in London, Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Salzburg, Amsterdam, Toulouse, San Sebastian, Beijing and Chicago, and adds New York and Edinburgh this year. He is singing the lead in Nico Mulhy's new opera "Marnie" opposite Isabel Leonard at the Met this coming fall. He won the Lieder prize at the Cardiff Singer of the World early in his career and has continued to delight audiences with his sensitive and engaging song performances, many of which are documented in acclaimed recordings. His Schubert Club song recital, "Carnival of the Animals," will feature works by Poulenc, Schumann, Ravel, Reger, Chabrier, Wolf, and Flanders and Swann.
The originally scheduled artist for this concert, Samual Hasselhorn, has had to cancel due to unforeseen professional and personal circumstances.

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December 2018

Accordo: Monday, December 3, 2018

Accordo
Monday, December 3, 7:30 pm
Westminster Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Join us for an evening with Accordo (a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra) featuring the repertoire: Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 1 #1 in Eb, Penderecki: String Trio (13), and Schubert: Trout Quintet.

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Accordo at Icehouse: Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Accordo
Tuesday, December 4, 7:30 pm
Icehouse MPLS, 2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, 55404 United States
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Join us for an informal repeat performance at the restaurant and music venue, Icehouse in Minneapolis. Accordo is a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Repertoire to be selected from the previous evening’s concert program: Beethoven: Piano Trio, Op. 1 #1 in Eb, Penderecki: String Trio (13), and Schubert: Trout Quintet

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First Thursday in December

First Thursdays
Thursday, December 6, 4:00 pm
Schubert Club Museum, 75 W 5th St, 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55112 United States
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The Schubert Club Museum is open late on the First Thursday of each month from 4-8 pm! Free to the public, visitors can enjoy guided tours, live demonstrations, fun interactive music-making, and complimentary wine (for guests 21+) and refreshments. Every month is a unique experience with different activities hosted by Schubert Club, such as special guest(s) and demonstrations, live music, and trivia contests with opportunities to win tickets for Schubert Club performances. 

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January 2019

First Thursday in January

First Thursdays
Thursday, January 3, 4:00 pm
Schubert Club Museum, 75 W 5th St, 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55112 United States
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The Schubert Club Museum is open late on the First Thursday of each month from 4-8 pm! Free to the public, visitors can enjoy guided tours, live demonstrations, fun interactive music-making, and complimentary wine (for guests 21+) and refreshments. Every month is a unique experience with different activities hosted by Schubert Club, such as special guest(s) and demonstrations, live music, and trivia contests with opportunities to win tickets for Schubert Club performances. 

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Nicola Benedetti, violin & Alexei Grynyuk, piano

International Artist Series
Friday, January 18, 7:30 pm
Sunday, January 20, 3:00 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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The Schubert Club is honored to announce Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti as its first "Featured Artist", giving us an opportunity to develop a deeper relationship with an artist or ensemble over the course of a season. Nicola’s residency includes a recital on the International Artist Series. She is one of the most sought-after violinists of her generation and performs on the Gariel Stradivarius (1717). Her ability to captivate audiences with her innate musicianship and dynamic presence, coupled with her wide appeal as a high-profile advocate for classical music, has made her one of the most influential classical artists of today. Born in Scotland of Italian heritage, Nicola began violin lessons at the age of five. She has since gone on to collect many awards and titles including “Best Female Artist” at both the 2012 and 2013 Classical BRIT Awards and the Queen’s Medal for Music in 2017, the youngest ever recipient. In addition to her busy orchestra and recital schedule, Benedetti is fiercely committed to music education and has her own education initiative called “The Benedetti Sessions” that give young string players the opportunity to rehearse, undertake and observe masterclasses culminating in a performance alongside Nicola. For her International Artist Series debut in the Ordway Concert Hall, she will give the U.S. premiere of a new work for solo violin written for her by Wynton Marsalis and will be joined for the rest of the program by her regular duo partner, pianist Alexei Grynyuk.

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A Musical World Tour with Lumina Women’s Ensemble

KidsJam
Tuesday, January 29, 10:30 am
Wednesday, January 30, 10:30 am
Schubert Club Museum, 75 W 5th St, 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55112 United States
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Travel around the world with Lumina as you LISTEN to languages and songs from many countries. LEARN about distant lands and people of many cultures through music. PLAY with your voice as you imitate different sounds and CREATE your own songbook!

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February 2019

Accordo: Monday, February 4, 2019

Accordo
Monday, February 4, 7:30 pm
Westminster Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Join us for an evening with Accordo (a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra) featuring the repertoire: Dvorak: Terzetto for 2 Violins & Viola, Harbison: November 1828, and Schubert: Piano Trio in Eb Major, Op. 100.

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Accordo at Icehouse: Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Accordo
Tuesday, February 5, 7:30 pm
Icehouse MPLS, 2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, 55404 United States
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Join us for an informal repeat performance at the restaurant and music venue, Icehouse in Minneapolis on February 5, 2019 at 7:30pm. Accordo is a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Repertoire to be selected from the previous evening’s concert program: Dvorak: Terzetto for 2 Violins & Viola, Harbison: November 1828, and Schubert: Piano Trio in Eb Major, Op. 100  

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Ensemble Caprice

Music in the Park Series
Sunday, February 10, 4:00 pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave
St Paul, 55108 United States
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Highly regarded in early music circles, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative and expertly informed interpretations of baroque music. The Montreal-based ensemble has received national and international acclaim for its performances under the artistic direction of recorder and baroque flute virtuoso Matthias Maute (who recently added the role of Artistic Director for the Bach Society of Minnesota to his musical activities). Ensemble Caprice, whose members play recorder, cello, guitar and percussion returns to the Music in the Park Series with a program titled ‘iLove baroque”. Their program weaves together eight short stories featuring music of two centuries from five countries. Music by Bach, Falconiero, Schmelzer, Purcell and Vivaldi (among others) highlights the drama, tenderness, joy, humor and melancholy of being in love. A perfect way to celebrate St Valentine’s Day.

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The Westerlies

Schubert Club Mix
Thursday, February 21, 7:30 pm
Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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Based out of New York (but originally from Seattle), the self-described “accidental brass quartet” featuring two trumpets and two trombones takes its name from the prevailing winds that travel from the West to the East. “Skilled interpreters who are also adept improvisers” (NPR’s Fresh Air), this Mix performance in our newest venue, Minneapolis’s Machine Shop, will explore jazz, roots, and chamber music influences to create the rarest of hybrids: music that is both "folk-like and composerly, lovely and intellectually rigorous” (NPR Music). Expect the precision of a string quartet, the audacity of a rock band, and the charm of a family sing-along.

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Joyce DiDonato, mezzo soprano & Craig Terry, piano with jazz trio

International Artist Series
Monday, February 25, 7:30 pm
Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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“Perhaps the most potent female singer of her generation” (the New Yorker), multi GRAMMY Award winner Joyce DiDonato returns to the Schubert Club’s International Artist Series to perform a special program in the Ordway Music Theater. With a voice that is “nothing less than 24-carat gold” as proclaimed by The Times, she is among the world’s most entrancing performers. Born in Kansas, Joyce has soared to the top of the industry both as a performer and a fierce advocate for the arts, gaining international prominence in operas by Handel and Mozart, as well as through her wide-ranging, acclaimed discography. Joyce’s program for this concert will feature music from her upcoming recording, SONGPLAY. In her own words, “this is a project of experimentation and play, aimed at giving a joyful (playful!) experience to the listener.” We expect this concert to sell out quickly and encourage you to get your tickets early!

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March 2019

Hill House Chamber Players: March 4 & 11

Hill House Chamber Players
Monday, March 4, 7:30 pm
Monday, March 11, 7:30 pm
James J. Hill House, 240 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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The Hill House Chamber Players, musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and University of Minnesota faculty, perform in the intimate space of the art gallery of the historic James J Hill House on Summit Ave in Saint Paul. The theme “Trio Masterworks” is a celebration and exploration of the diverse repertoire for combinations of piano, violin, viola, cello and clarinet. Admission includes an optional 6:45 pre-concert conversation with musicians and music blogger Emily Hogstad, intermission refreshments, and a post-performance tour of the magnificent Gilded Age mansion, home to one of St. Paul's most famous families.

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Accordo: Monday, March 11, 2019

Accordo
Monday, March 11, 7:30 pm
Westminster Hall at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1200 Marquette Avenue
Minneapolis, MN 55403 United States
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Join us for an evening with Accordo (a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra) featuring the repertoire: David Ludwig: Rule of Three for 2 Violins & Viola, Mozart: String Quintet in Bb Major, K. 174, George Benjamin: Viola, Viola, and Schubert: String Quartet in a minor.

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Accordo at Icehouse: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Accordo
Tuesday, March 12, 7:30 pm
Icehouse MPLS, 2528 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, 55404 United States
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Join us for an informal repeat performance at the restaurant and music venue, Icehouse in Minneapolis. Accordo is a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra. Repertoire to be selected from the previous evening’s concert program: David Ludwig: Rule of Three for 2 Violins & Viola, Mozart: String Quintet in Bb Major, K. 174, George Benjamin: Viola, Viola, and Schubert: String Quartet in a minor 

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Horszowski Trio with Masumi Per Rostad, viola

Music in the Park Series
Sunday, March 17, 4:00 pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave
St Paul, 55108 United States
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Music in the Park Series is proud to debut the Horszowski Trio, joined for part of the program by Masumi Per Rostad, violist of the renowned Pacifica Quartet. Hailed by The New Yorker as “destined for great things,” the members of the Horszowski Trio, who are also long-time friends, are Jesse Mills (violin), Raman Ramakrishnan (cello), and Rieko Aizawa (piano). Two-time Grammy-nominated violinist Jesse Mills first performed with Raman Ramakrishnan, founding cellist of the prize-winning Daedalus Quartet, at the Kinhaven Music School when they were children. In New York City, they met pianist Rieko Aizawa, who, upon being discovered by the late violinist and conductor Alexander Schneider, had made her U.S. debuts at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. Their musical bonds were strengthened at various schools and festivals around the world, including the Juilliard School and the Marlboro Festival. Ms. Aizawa was the last pupil of the legendary pianist, Mieczysław Horszowski (1892-1993), at the Curtis Institute. The Trio takes inspiration from Horszowski’s musicianship, integrity, and humanity. Like Horszowski, the Trio presents repertoire spanning the traditional and the contemporary. Their program features Schumann’s Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, a Brahms Piano Quartet and Piano Trio by Charles Wuorinen.

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Latin American Percussion with Reinaldo Moya

KidsJam
Tuesday, March 19, 10:30 am
Wednesday, March 20, 10:30 am
Schubert Club Museum, 75 W 5th St, 2nd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55112 United States
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LISTEN to traditional Venezuelan music featuring maracas and cuatro. LEARN the different rhythmic patterns from joropo and vals styles from the Venezuelan plains. MAKE your own maracas and CREATE your own Venezuelan-inspired song!

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Los Angeles Guitar Quartet

Schubert Club Mix
Tuesday, March 26, 7:30 pm
James J. Hill Center, 80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
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The Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet plays to sold-out houses worldwide. Their inventive, critically acclaimed transcriptions of concert masterworks provide a fresh look at the music of the past, while their interpretations of works from the contemporary and world-music realms continually break new ground. For this program, we return to the beautiful James J. Hill Center (formerly the Hill Reference Library). In an intimate space, surrounded by thousands of books, you’ll experience a program that promises to transport listeners around the world in a single concert experience.

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April 2019

Gautier Capuçon, cello & Yuja Wang, piano

International Artist Series
Wednesday, April 3, 10:30 am
Thursday, April 4, 7:30 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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The musical duo partnership of Gautier Capuçon and Yuja Wang is one to anticipate with real excitement. Gautier Capuçon is a true 21st century ambassador for the cello. Born in Chambéry, France in 1981, he performs each season with many of the world’s foremost conductors and instrumentalists, and is also founder and leader of the Classe d’Excellence de Violoncelle at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris – based in the stunning new Auditorium designed by Frank Gehry. Gautier is acclaimed internationally for his deeply expressive musicianship and exuberant virtuosity, as well as for the glorious sonority of his 1701 Matteo Goffriller cello. Joining him for this pair of recitals is the charismatic pianist Yuja Wang, the 2017 Musical America Artist of the Year. After she made her Schubert Club International Artist Series debut in 2011, the Star Tribune stated "Wang... is no mere 'virtuoso' -- a word cheapened by overuse. Hers is demonic, more-than-human pianism, of the sort that gets you thinking about Faustian bargains." Yuja’s way of making music connects with a strikingly broad demographic. It appeals to everyone, from classical music newcomers to devoted pianophiles, and has attracted an exceptionally youthful following. Her love for fashion, recognized by her induction into Giorgio Armani’s Sì Women’s Circle, has also contributed to the popular appeal of an artist who is armed with the ability to challenge the status quo and to welcome fresh converts to the concert hall. For their Ordway Concert Hall performances, this exceptional duo will present two different programs on April 3 and April 4, and we encourage you to attend both!

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Brentano String Quartet

Music in the Park Series
Sunday, April 14, 4:00 pm
Saint Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave
St Paul, 55108 United States
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Since its inception in 1992, the Brentano String Quartet has appeared throughout the world to popular and critical acclaim. The New York Times extols its “luxuriously warm sound yearning lyricism.”  Within a few years of its formation, the Quartet garnered the first Cleveland Quartet Award and the Naumburg Chamber Music Award.  The Quartet had its first European tour in 1997, and was honored in the U.K. with the Royal Philharmonic Award for Most Outstanding Debut. That debut recital was at London’s Wigmore Hall, and the Quartet has continued its warm relationship with Wigmore, appearing there regularly and serving as the hall’s Quartet-in-residence in the 2000-01 season. As of July 2014, the Brentano Quartet succeeded the Tokyo Quartet as Artists in Residence at Yale University, departing from their 14-year residency at Princeton University.  The Brentano Quartet’s program is titled “Lamentations” and features music by Purcell, Haydn, Shostakovich, d”India, Carter, Lekeu and Bartok.  The Quartet is named for Antonie Brentano, whom many scholars consider to be Beethoven’s “Immortal Beloved”, the intended recipient of his famous love confession.

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Accordo with Silent Film: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Accordo
Tuesday, April 16, 7:30 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Join us for an evening with Accordo (a string ensemble composed of present and former principal string players of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota Orchestra) combined with silent film with original compositions. 

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Hill House Chamber Players: April 29 & May 6

Hill House Chamber Players
Monday, April 29, 7:30 pm
Monday, May 6, 7:30 pm
James J. Hill Center, 80 W 4th St
Saint Paul, MN 55102 United States
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The Hill House Chamber Players, musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra and University of Minnesota faculty, perform in the intimate space of the art gallery of the historic James J Hill House on Summit Ave in Saint Paul. The theme “Trio Masterworks” is a celebration and exploration of the diverse repertoire for combinations of piano, violin, viola, cello and clarinet. Admission includes an optional 6:45 pre-concert conversation with musicians and music blogger Emily Hogstad, intermission refreshments, and a post-performance tour of the magnificent Gilded Age mansion, home to one of St. Paul's most famous families.

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May 2019

Chalaca

Schubert Club Mix
Thursday, May 9, 7:30 pm
Machine Shop, 300 2nd St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
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A relatively new ensemble (formed in 2016), Chalaca explores the confluence of cultures found in South America and the Caribbean with a unique combination of clarinet, harp, and percussion. Following the migration of rhythm from Africa and Europe, to the Andean Mountains, to the Amazon...and finally, right to the heart of America, Chalaca is a celebration of the composers who have immigrated to the United States from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela...alongside the folk masters who inspired them.

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Tienda by Reinaldo Moya

Schubert Club Mix
Thursday, May 23, 7:30 pm
TPT Street Space, 172 4th st e
St. Paul, MN 55101 United States
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This unique performance at TPT Street Space in Lowertown, St. Paul will feature a partially staged opera by Schubert Club Composer-in-Residence Reinaldo Moya with words by Caitlin Vincent. Among the singers and instrumentalists featured in this chamber opera is mezzo soprano Clara Osowski. The opera tells the story of Luis Garzón, a Mexican musician who immigrated to Minneapolis in 1886 and opened a small Mexican grocery store, or tienda, in St. Paul in the 1920s. While Luis had married an American woman and was fully integrated into Minneapolitan society, his store served as a community hub for the newest arrivals from Mexico, many of whom had fled the Mexican Revolution and now toiled in the sugar beet farms of rural Minnesota. Tienda explores the immigrant experience: what must be left behind—and what cannot be forgotten—on the journey to a new home. This world premiere performance of Tienda is one of the highlights of Moya’s two-year residency with the Schubert Club.

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