Schubert Club Announces 2021-22 Season Hosted by Composer Abbie Betinis

By Chris Ruel

The Schubert Club has announced its 2021-22 Courtroom Concert Series.

Composer Abbie Betinis will host the popular Saint Paul, Minnesota series, now entering its 25th season.

All but two of the free concerts will take place at the Landmark Center, the exceptions being performances of “Songs of the Season,” which will be presented at Central Presbyterian Church. The concerts are scheduled for nearly every Thursday from October 2021 to April 2022 at noon.

Seating for the one-hour program is General Admission and operates on a first-come, first-served basis. In response to the pandemic and the need for distancing, the Club has moved the concerts from Courtroom 317 to the Landmark Center Cortile. Visitors to the Landmark Center must wear a mask, as per county precautions and the Landmark Center’s requirements.

For the purposes of this article, we will focus solely on vocal performances.  The concert series lineup is as follows.

“Border CrosSing” will be directed by Ahmed Anzaldua.

Performance Date: Oct. 7, 2021

Baritone Randall Scarlata will perform alongside pianist Nikki Melville.

Performance Date: Oct. 14, 2021

“Songs of the Season” will feature carols by Minnesota Composers.

Performance Date: Dec. 16, 2021, at noon and 7:00 p.m. at Central Presbyterian Church

Soprano Regina Stroncek will take the stage, accompanied by Jared Miller.

Performance Date: Jan. 6, 2022

Soprano Maria Jette will appear alongside violinists Leslie Shank and Brenda Mickens, violist Sifei Cheng, and cellist Laura Sewell.

Performance Date: Jan. 20, 2022

Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski will give a recital.

Performance Date: Feb. 10, 2022

Give get Sistet, an expandable improvisational chorus of women based in the Twin Cities with ties around the world, will take the stage.

Performance Date: March 24, 2022

Baritone Mark Billy will perform in recital.

Performance Date: April 21, 2022

Mezzo-soprano Georgia Jacobson will give a concert alongside baritone Bradley Greenwald.

Performance Date: April 28, 2022