Tuesday, February 14, 2012

A Little Schubert on the 19th at First Lutheran Church on Broadway

Schubert’s Winterreise
Sunday, February 19  | 4:30 PM
First Lutheran Church | 280 Broadway |

Just in time for the snow (that came and went), First Lutheran Church invites you to a free performance of Schubert’s Winterreise (Winter Journey). This piece will be performed by George Heath, an accomplished singer from New York, accompanied by David Greatrix, our Director of Music, on piano. The concert will be preceded by a brief lecture on the piece at 4:00 PM and followed by refreshments.

First Lutheran Church is a handicapped-accessible congregation that is welcoming and affirming of all people. Located in Wyoma Square, just behind Walgreens. On-site and street parking available; MBTA Bus 434, 435, 436.

About the piece:

Schubert’s Winterreise is an exploration of the hardships of winter. It also explores the feelings of lost love, regret, and the acceptance of one’s ultimate fate. The season of winter serves as an allegory for the dark recesses of one’s own mind. Occasionally we are greeted by the flower filled hopes of May, or sitting warmly next to the hearth. These however, are fleeting thoughts, for as soon as we are comfortably greeted by the glow of a cheer filled home, we are once again trudging in the snow consoled only the rattling of chains and the howling of dogs. Thoughts of the one we loved will cause tears which will melt the snow below us, only to be frozen over again.

Composed in 1827, and published in 1828, Schubert’s Winterreise stands as one of the most monumental achievements in German Lied. A cycle of 24 songs, Schubert masterfully set the stirring poetry of Willhelm Müller. The pianist serves not as accompanist, but rather as a partner in creating effects. Beloved by singers and pianists alike, Winterreise provides a haunting journey for all who partake in its presentation.

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