The new Ordway Concert Hall opening this weekend expands venue options not only for the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, but the Schubert Club as well. The 2015-16 season of the Schubert’s popular International Artists Series announced this week will present two recitals in the 1,900-seat Music Theater and three in the new 1,100-seat hall, with both daytime and evening options for the latter.
Violinist Joshua Bell (Nov. 1) and baritone Bryn Terfel with pianist Natalia Katyukova (April 20, 2016) will perform in the larger Music Theater. Opening the season in the Ordway Concert Hall are the piano trio of David Finckel, Wu Han and Philip Setzer (Oct. 1-2). Also scheduled to play the new hall are pianist Igor Levit (Feb. 16-17, 2016) and clarinetist Michael Collins with pianist Michael McHale (March 18-19, 2016).
The Schubert also announced six chamber-music concerts for its Music in the Park Series performed on Sundays in a more intimate space, St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ. Borromeo String Quartet with guest violist Kim Kashkashian opens the season Sept. 27, followed by Trio con Brio Copenhagen (Oct. 25), the wind quintet WindSync (Nov. 22), and the SPCO’s new principal cellist Julie Albers joined by Orion Weiss on piano (Feb. 1, 2016). The French group Ebène String Quartet makes its Music in the Park debut March 13, 2016, and quartet-lab, a group of string musicians with international solo careers — including the SPCO’s newest artistic partner, violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja — who formed in 2013 and drew rave reviews in Europe, will close out the season on April 17, 2016.
Subscriptions to both series are now on sale, with single tickets available Aug. 3.