January 31, 2003
Songs Come to MHC February 7
Winterreise, a cycle of twenty-four songs inspired by the poetry
of William Mueller, is among the most admired of all Romantic
compositions. It depicts the winter wanderings of a young man,
disappointed in love, driven by sorrow from the warmth of human
community. Completed just months before Schubert's own early
death, this autobiographical work offers a wide range of emotions.
A performance of Winterreise to be held Friday, February 7, at
8 pm in Pratt Hall's McCulloch Auditorium, part of the Warbeke
Memorial Concert series, will feature baritone Richard Lalli and
pianist Janet Schmalfeldt. Prior to the concert, at 7 pm in the
Warbeke Room, MHC music professor Louise Litterick will offer
an informal lecture on Schubert's song cycle.
Lalli is an associate professor of music at Yale University, where
he has taught since 1982. He has given solo recitals at London's
Wigmore Hall, the Spoleto Festival USA, Washington's National
Gallery of Art, New York's Merkin Hall, and the United States
embassy in Paris. Schmalfeldt, associate professor of music theory
at Tufts University, has appeared frequently as a pianist in chamber
and solo recitals and with orchestras in Montreal, New Haven,
and Boston. In September, Lalli and Schmalfeldt collaborated to
perform Winterreise at Boston's Goethe Institut.