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International Artist Series

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The Schubert Club’s International Artist Series features some of the most exciting classical musicians on the planet. Whether some of the names and faces are new to you or not, trust the Schubert Club to curate a truly unique selection of critically acclaimed and highly regarded artists from around the world. Recitals take place in both Ordway Center venues: one in the Music Theater and four in the new Concert Hall. Both daytime and evening subscription packages are available. Experience some of the most extraordinary international instrumentalists and vocalists of our generation, right here in St. Paul.

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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October 2019

Joshua Bell, violin & Alessio Bax, piano

International Artist Series
Sunday, October 27, 3:00 pm
Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Joshua Bell’s career spans more than thirty years as a chamber musician, recording artist, conductor, and director, and he stands as one of the most celebrated violinists of his era. With repertoire and performances ranging from Bach to jazz standards to world music his restless curiosity, passion, and multifaceted musical interests have earned him the rare title of “classical music superstar.”

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December 2019

Sheku Kanneh-Mason, cello & Isata Kanneh-Mason, piano

International Artist Series
Thursday, December 5, 7:30 pm
Friday, December 6, 10:30 am
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, one of the brightest young stars on the classical music scene and the winner of the 2016 BBC Young Musician of the Year Competition, is already in great demand from major orchestras and concert halls worldwide, and his spectacular performance at the Royal Wedding in 2018 endeared him to millions of viewers across the globe. As The Telegraph notes, Sheku is “ a superstar who’s also a true artist in the making.”

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March 2020

Daniil Trifonov, piano

International Artist Series
Tuesday, March 10, 7:30 pm
Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Grammy Award winning Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov – winner of Gramophone’s 2016 Artist of the Year award – has made a spectacular ascent in the classical music world. As The Times of London notes, he is “without question the most astounding pianist of our age.”

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April 2020

Angela Gheorghiu, soprano & Alexandra Dariescu, piano

International Artist Series
Wednesday, April 22, 7:30 pm
Ordway Music Theater, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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Soprano Angela Gheorghiu is one of the most passionate and talented vocal artists working in opera today, a larger-than-life figure whose intensity and drive have commanded the attention of the musical world since her professional debut in 1990. Ms Gheorghiu’s magnificent voice and dazzling stage presence have established her as one of the most renowned opera singers of our time.

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May 2020

Danish String Quartet at Ordway (Beethoven Series Concerts 5 & 6)

Beethoven Quartets Cycle
International Artist Series
Friday, May 15, 7:30 pm
Sunday, May 17, 3:00 pm
Ordway Concert Hall, 345 Washington St
St. Paul, MN 55102 United States
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The Danish String Quartet made its debut at the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. In 2012, The New York Times selected the quartet’s concert as a highlight of the year, saying the performance featured “one of the most powerful renditions of Beethoven’s Opus 132 String Quartet that I’ve heard live or on a recording.”

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