Schubert Club sets Music in the Park 2019-20 season

The Schubert Club, Minnesota’s oldest arts organization at 137 years, will stage six concerts for its Julie Himmelstrup Music in the Park 2019-20 Series at Saint Anthony Park (SAP) United Church of Christ.

The Music in the Park Series, an audience favorite founded by Artistic Director Emerita Julie Himmelstrup, presents chamber music concerts at the acoustically and architecturally superb SAP United Church of Christ, home to the series since 1979.

The 2019-2020 season features debut performances by established ensembles, such as Montrose Trio and Modigliani Quartet, as well as outstanding emerging groups like the Catalyst Quartet. Baiba and Lauma Skride will return with the Skride Piano Quartet, and Minnesota Orchestra’s First Associate Concertmaster Susie Park will give a recital with pianist Benjamin Hochman.

The Schubert Club’s featured ensemble for the 2019-20 season is the Danish String Quartet, which will perform a series of Beethoven string quartets next May to commemorate the famed German composer’s birth day 250 years ago.

Subscriptions sales to the Music in the Park Series began this spring; single tickets will go on sale starting at 11 a.m. Aug. 1. Go to https://schubert.org/ for ticket information.

Here is the concert series lineup:

Montrose Trio—Sunday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m.

Formed in 2013, the Montrose Trio, composed of pianist Jon Kimura Parker, violinist Martin Beaver, and cellist Clive Greensmith, has quickly established a reputation for performances of the highest distinction.

Modigliani Quartet—Sunday, Nov. 17, 4 pm

Formed in 2003, the Modigliani Quartet performs regularly at the world’s top chamber music venues, touring America, Japan, Korea, China and European countries. Their program for their Music in the Park Series debut features Stravinsky’s Three Pieces for String Quartet, Haydn’s Quartet in D minor “Fifths,” and Tchaikovsky’s Quartet No. 3 in E-flat minor

Skride Piano Quartet—Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, 4 p.m.

The Skride Piano Quartet is comprised of four like-minded musicians who have each achieved success as a soloist at the highest levels: Baiba Skride, Lise Berthaud, Harriet Krijgh, and Lauma Skride. Their program for the Music in the Park Series will feature Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo Concertate in F, Mendelssohn’s Piano Quartet No. 3 in B minor, and Enescu’s Piano Quartet No. 1 in D.

Violinist Susie Park—Sunday, March 29, 2020, 4 p.m.

Violinist and current Minnesota Orchestra first associate concertmaster Susie Park launched her international career at age 16 and has since grown into a musician distinguished by unusual passion and versatility. A native of Sydney, Australia, Susie will be joined for this concert by Israeli pianist Benjamin Hochman.

Catalyst Quartet—Sunday, April 26, 2020, 4 p.m.

Hailed by the New York Times at their Carnegie Hall debut as “invariably energetic and finely burnished…playing with earthy vigor,” Catalyst Quartet is comprised of top Laureates and alumni of the internationally acclaimed Sphinx Competition

The Danish String Quartet—Sunday, May 10, 2020, 4 p.m. The Danish String Quartet made its debut at the Copenhagen Summer Festival in 2002. The Quartet’s performances on the Music in the Park Series will be one of the six concerts in which they will perform the full cycle of Beethoven String Quartets.

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