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"Hearing Schubert" to be Presented in Macomb May 15

May 7, 2013

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MACOMB, IL - WIU Professor Emeritus Marietta Dean and Artist-in-Residence, and Austrian pianist, Leonora Suppan-Gehrich, of Quincy University, will present songs and piano music of Franz Schubert in Macomb on Wednesday, May 15.

The concert, "Hearing Schubert," will begin at 2 p.m. in the First Presbyterian Church, 400 E. Carroll St., in Macomb. The event is open free to the public.

The performance is the conclusion of the third session of the Learning is Forever (LIFE) course, "Hearing Schubert Under the Shadow of Metternich in Vienna's Biedermeier Age."

This program with commentary will feature two of Schubert's beloved piano "Impromptus" as well as songs (Lieder) celebrating spring's renewal together with and in contrast to selections from Schubert's masterful and highly charged song cycle, "Winter Journey" (Winterreise).

Written at the end of Schubert's own life, in his late 20s, the music and poetry of Wilhelm Mueller projects a love-lorn young man's sense of loss and alienation as he wanders aimlessly and connects his numbed feelings solely with nature's unyielding landscape of wind, snow and ice. This extraordinary cycle represented a radically new development, incorporating intense psychological states of mind in the song/piano partnership of early musical Romanticism.

A reception will be held following the performance.

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