ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Schubert Club is proud to announce that Barry Kempton has been chosen as The Schubert Club’s new Artistic and Executive Director.
Kempton will assume his responsibilities sometime after the first of the year. He succeeds Kathleen van Bergen who has recently begun work as the President and CEO of the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples, Florida.
Mr. Kempton has extensive experience in arts management and artistic programming. He is presently in his fifth year as Chief Executive of the City of London Sinfonia, London, England. Prior to that position he was with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for 11 years as Vice President for Artistic Planning and General Manager. His first position, after graduating from the University of Bristol, was with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra as Concerts Director and Education Manager.
“I am truly thrilled to be entrusted with this opportunity to lead The Schubert Club and to return to the Twin Cities, a community which values its thriving arts scene so highly,” said Kempton. “I am looking forward to working with the Board and the staff team on developing plans and programs for the future which both honor the organization’s extraordinary history and explore new ways to serve our community.”
The Schubert Club builds on its many artistic strengths under the leadership of Kempton. As Minnesota’s oldest arts organization, The Schubert Club selected Kempton to continue the tradition of cultural and musical excellence that has characterized this organization for the past 129 years.
The Schubert Club is an internationally renowned performing arts organization dedicated to expanding the enjoyment of music through world-class recitals, premier educational programs and rare collections of musical treasures.
Founded in 1882, The Schubert Club maintains a highly regarded national and international reputation among leading classical music performers. Its International Artists Series has brought Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Alfred Brendel, Renee Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, among many others, to the Twin Cities to perform in recital for sold-out audiences.
The Schubert Club is a member of the Arts Partnership, programming a vibrant future for the performing arts in downtown St. Paul together with The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, the Minnesota Opera and The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
For more information on The Schubert Club and its programs please visit schubert.org.