Some of the top classical music performers in the world will appear in St. Paul as part of the Schubert Club's 2010-2011 International Artists Series, which was announced Wednesday.
The series opens in October with the return of soprano Renee Fleming. Schubert Club Executive Director Kathleen van Bergen says Fleming loves singing at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul. But there is another connection this year involving the Club's document collection.
"The Schubert Club has some Mahler letters which have been on display at Lincoln Center," said van Bergen. "Renee took note of that, and she is planning to sing some Mahler Ruckert-Lieder for the Mahler anniversary."
This year is the 150th anniversary of Mahler's birth.
The Schubert season also includes the first ever trumpet recital in the club's 128 seasons, to be performed by Alison Balsom. Van Bergen said the organization challenged itself to find something new and unexpected to present.
"Alison Balsom is a female taking over the brass world as a trumpeter, and it's quite a statement to be able to bring a trumpet recital for the first time to the Schubert Club audiences," said van Bergen.
The Schubert Club's season will culminate in one of only four concerts in the country featuring a rarely scheduled performance of Brahms Liebeslieder waltzes.
The Schubert Club is the oldest recital-presenting organization in Minnesota, and one of the oldest in the country.