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Bach in the Subways

Edmonton - Bonnie Doon Shopping Centre March 21st, 2020 13:00

Hi all, due to the new recommended protocols for social isolation to prevent spread of infectious disease, our Bach in the Subways event at Bonnie Doon has been cancelled by our host venue. Please celebrate Bach’s birthday at home, by playing his music, and stay healthy! We’ll be bach in 2021!


There isn’t a subway yet at the Bonnie Doon Centre, but there is a new LRT station under construction! Join us there for a celebration of the music of J. S. Bach on the weekend of his 336th birthday in 2021. Still planning to play his music  at various locations throughout the mall on or around March 21.

Rough schedule, subject to change:

  • 1:00 pm: Flash mob in the food court
  • 1:30 pm: Music at Centre Court
  • 2:00 pm: Weather permitting, outdoor performance at Bonnie Doon LRT station construction site.
  • 2:30 pm: Music continues at Centre Court
  • Mr. Bach himself may make an appearance … he did last year!

This is an international event!  It all started in 2010, when Dale Henderson began frequent performances of the Bach Cello Suites in the subways of New York City. Convinced the decline in classical audiences was largely because many people never get a chance to experience this music live and up close, he believed Bach to be the perfect ambassador for his art form. Feeling the experience was infinitely more powerful with money removed from the equation, Henderson declined donations and instead offered audiences free postcards explaining that his intentions were to sow the seeds for future generations of classical music lovers. His efforts, which he called “Bach in the Subways,” attracted appreciative attention from fans, other musicians, and the media.

In celebration of Bach’s 326th birthday on March 21, 2011 Henderson invited other musicians to join him.  [Read more…]

Click here for a list of Bach in the Subways performances around the world.

Click here to see this event listing on the official Bach in the Subways website.

Winter Winds and Spring Winds

Camrose, Alberta - Chapel, Augustana Campus, U of A January 31st, 2020 13:00

We have a new concert program!

Borealis, the Winter Wind, and Zephyrus, the Spring Wind.

Solo and duo works for flute and violins that evoke cold blustery winter days and the slow thaw that leads into spring. We performed this program  in Edmonton on January 8, 2020, as part off the McDougall Wednesday at Noon series, and now we are playing it again on January 31, 1:00 pm in the Chapel at Augustana Campus, U of A in Camrose.

Admission is free. This is a R.A.R.E event for Augustana students.

Celebration of Canadian Music Concert

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada - Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church November 16th, 2019 19:00

The Schoen Duo Studio will celebrate Canada Music Week with a concert of music by Canadian composers on Saturday November 16, 2019 at 7:00 PM at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church (10014-81 Ave., Edmonton).

The concert will feature compositions by Edmontonians Violet Archer and George Andrix, as well as composers from across Canada. Performances will be by Thomas and Kathleen, their friends and students.

Admission is by donation.

The day will also include a workshop with composer George Andrix. Thomas’ students have been studying 10 Pieces for violin and piano, Exploring the 20th Century for the emerging violinist by George Andrix, and we look forward to him giving us insights and background to help us perform these works. The 10 Pieces for violin and piano will be included in the concert at 7:00.  The workshop will be at 2:00 PM, also at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Front Porch Concert 2019

Edmonton, Canada - The Front Porch at 8937 - 79 Ave. Edmonton June 01st, 2019 15:30

Saturday June 1 at 3:30 PM

The Front Porch at 8937 – 79 Ave.

Our Front Porch Concerts explore the space between the informality of street busking and the intimacy of house concerts.

We are happy to announce the 2019 iteration of our Front Porch Concert on Saturday June 1 at 3:30 PM on our front porch. It will feature performances of music both new and old, performed on modern and antique instruments by the Schoen Duo, students and friends.

Sit on the grass or bring your own lawn chair to this free event.

Program TBA.

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FREE drop-in “taster” class for CEL 1

Edmonton, Alberta - Schoen Duo Studio June 23rd, 2018 11:00

CEL = Creative Ensemble Lab

  • Group lesson for students where the emphasis is on improvisation and composition.
  • Any instrument, any age (adults find it just as fun as kids!)
  • CEL 1 – very accessible for ages 3 – 10, but older beginners enjoy it too
  • CEL 2 – reading music is a pre-requisite: we will write down the improvisations to create musical compositions, and learn something about music theory as we work.

FREE drop-in “taster” class for CEL 1

  • Saturday June 23
  • 11 am
  • Schoen Duo Studio

Email us at if you want to come – we need to know how many are coming so we don’t exceed the capacity of our classroom.

  • 780-944-4209

About Us:

Thomas & Kathleen Schoen are classically trained performers on both historical and modern flutes and violins. Their repertoire ranges from early music on period instruments to modern works that use phrase sampler loopers and other modern technology. read more


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