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Schubert Club offering free lunchtime week of culture

A week of free culture lies ahead for those who are willing to sacrifice their lunch hours this week in downtown St. Paul.

The Schubert Club is presenting vocal recitals every day at noon in Courtroom 317 of Landmark Center. No admission. Best seats for those who show up first.

Each of the weekday recitals will focus on specific composers: Brahms on Monday, Haydn on Tuesday, Debussy and Faure on Wednesday, Schubert on Thursday and Mozart on Friday. The solo recitalists include bass-baritone Seth Keeton, tenor Brad Benoit and sopranos Carrie Hennerman Shaw, Maria Jette and Karin Wolverton.

On Saturday, again at noon, there will be a contemporary recital of music by Abbie Betinis, Jeffrey Van and Edie Hill. The performers will include soprano Jette and baritone Peter Halverson, and the instrumentalists will be pianist Sonja Thompson and Jeff Van on guitar.

For a complete schedule, go here.

Other free Schubert Club-sponsored events next week feature appearances by soprano Joan Logue, who will talk about her experiences as an American in Rome — she lived there for many years during her singing career — at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Courtroom 430. On Friday, Logue will be teaching a 2 p.m. master class in Courtroom 317, focusing primarily on contemporary singing.

If you’ve never seen the courtroom recital rooms at Landmark Center, you’re in for a treat. The regal rooms from the days when the castle-like building was a federal courthouse are all richly carved wood. Who knows? You may be sitting near the place where 1930s gangster Alvin Karpis sat when he was being tried for kidnapping beer magnate William Hamm and banker Edward Bremer.

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