The Schubert Club was originally started in 1882 by Marion Ramsey Furness, daughter to Governor Ramsey. You can find a Schubert Club history at MNOpedia. Now it has gained the reputation for presenting the world’s most prestigious musicians in recital. The museum is located at the Landmark Center. Concerts are held in various locations.
The Schubert Club Family Concerts
Family Concerts are held at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 2136 Carter Ave, St Paul and features national and local musicians performing folk, ethnic and classical music. Performances include storytelling, dance and audience participation. Some concerts are sensory-friendly. Advanced tickets are encouraged, but you can choose your own price.
Children over the age of six are also welcome to enjoy any of other concerts. However, everyone requires a ticket and they can be pricey for a family on a budget. Purchase tickets through the box office or by calling 651.292.3268. Ticket prices vary by show and seating.
The KidsJam Workshops are offered on weekdays during the school year and were originally created for homeschool families, but anyone can sign up to attend. These do tend to sell out fast though, so sign up early.
2020/2021 season KidsJam Season - Online and Open to Everyone!
Workshops are available online to everyone. We highly recommend taking advantage of this wonderful opportunity! A create and do video will be released approximately a week before the interactive portion, so you have time to gather your supplies and make an instrument before participating in the music portion. Curious families can also register for a Q&A session for a chance to ask questions.
- December: Celtic Music Party – Listen, Sing and Play Along with Laura MacKenzie and Ross Sutter
- Create your own Bodhran | Premieres Tuesday, December 1, 2020 10:30am
- INTERACTIVE PROGRAM | Premieres Tuesday, December 8, 2020 10:30am through February 8, 2021.
- February: TAIKO: Get Inside the Beat with Joe Horton and deVon Russell Gray
- Create your own Taiko Drum! | Tuesday, February 2, 2021: 10:30am
- TAIKO: Get Inside the Beat | Tuesday, February 9, 2021: 10:30am
- April: Keep on Dreaming; A Kid with a Vision with Joe Horton and deVon Russell Gray
- CREATE your own Thumb Piano! | Wednesday, April 14, 2021: 10:30am
- Keep on Dreaming: A Kid with a Vision | Wednesday, April 21, 2021: 10:30am
Thursday Courtroom Concerts
Courtroom Concerts are held over the noon hour on Thursdays from October through April and feature a variety of guest artists. Complimentary coffee is served. These one-hour concerts often reach capacity, so we recommend getting there early if you are particularly excited about an artist.
The 2020/2021 season will be virtual:
- October 15: Maithree Ensemble: Nirmala Rajasekar, Indian veena; Thanjavur K. Murugaboopathi, percussion; Michelle Kinney, cello; Pat O'Keefe, clarinet; Tim O’Keefe, world percussion (video presentation)
- October 29: Lux String Quartet; Stephanie Skor, violin; Erika Blanco, violin; Kristi Petraborg, viola; Eric Graf, cello (audio presentation)
- November 12: Flying Forms; Marc Levine, baroque violin; Tulio Rondón, baroque cello and viola da gamba; Tami Morse, harpsichord (video presentation)
- November 19: Horacio Contreras, cello; Ana María Otamendi, piano (audio presentation)
- December 3:"To Joy" a chamber work by David Evan Thomas (audio presentation)
- December 17: Songs of the Season; Carols by Minnesota Composers (video presentation)
- January 7: Music of Libby Larsen (video presentation)
- January 21: Archival Audio Presentation (audio presentation)
- February 11: Composer-in-Residence deVon Russell Gray (video presentation)
- February 25: Archival Audio Presentation (audio presentation)
- March 11: Gao Hong and Issam Rafea (video presentation)
- March 25: Archival Audio Presentation (audio presentation)
The Schubert Club Museum
The museum is on the second floor of the Landmark Center and includes rare instruments and large sculptures of instruments, correspondence of famous composers, and some hands-on exhibits. Special exhibits include:
- Keyboard Evolution • Explore the development of keyboards, from the Italian Harpsichord to the Streicher Grand Piano.
- Gilman Ordway Manuscript Collection • A rotating collection of correspondence from famous musicians.
- “Music in the Home” • The history of music boxes and how they evolved into the phonograph to the MP3 player.
- Gamelan Music • Explores the history and culture of this centuries old musical tradition.
- Schubert and the Recital Tradition • The history of music recitals.
This museum keeps an interpretive guide on staff to provide tours. Groups of 5 or more are encouraged to call ahead.