Schubert Festival to Celebrate Romantic Music at Susquehanna
Published on January 18, 2013
Susquehanna University’s Department of Music will present a month-long festival celebrating the music of Franz Schubert, the prolific Austrian master of Romantic-era music, Jan. 29 through Feb. 26. The five performances will take place Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, in the Cunningham Center for Music and Art.
The schedule is as follows:
Jan. 29: Lecture and demonstration by pianist Gary Boerckel, host of WVIA's “Music to My Ears.”
Feb. 5: “Winterreise,” with Associate Professor of Music David Steinau, tenor, and guest artist Galen Deibler on piano.
Feb. 12: Works for violin and piano, with guest artist Salley Koo on violin and Assistant Professor of Music Naomi Niskala on piano.
Feb. 19: A concert of selected songs by Susquehanna students and faculty.
Feb. 26: Works for solo piano performed by Naomi Niskala.
“Schubert is one of the essential composers, someone Susquehanna students absolutely need to know. He wrote brilliantly for voice and for piano,” Steinau said. “Every few years, we zero in on someone like this to give audiences an ongoing look at the composer’s works.”
The two programs devoted to vocal music, on Feb. 5 and 19, begin a 15-year exploration at Susquehanna of Schubert's complete works for voice and piano, which encompass more than 600 individual songs. Steinau and Niskala plan to program all 600 by 2028, the 200th anniversary of Schubert's death.
Karen M. Jones