Performance of Schubert’s Die Winterreise slated for Saturday, September 15

LACEY, WASHINGTON — St. Martin’s musicians, tenor, Br. Aelred Woodard, O.S.B. and pianist, Art Peterson will present Schubert’s great song cycle: Die Winterreise on Saturday, September 15 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Martin’s Abbey Church, 5000 Abbey Way SE. The recital is free and open to the public. The program was presented in Corvallis, Ore., last April and will be given again in Portland in November of this year.

Winterreise, which will be sung in an English translation by the baritone Jeffery Benton, is the second of Schubert’s two great song cycles (the earlier is Die schone Mullerin) based on the poetry of Schubert’s contemporary, Wihelm Muller. Both cycles were originally written for tenor.

The cycles are absolute fundamentals of the German Lied and have strongly influenced not only the style but also the vocal method and technique in German classical music as a whole. Winterreise has had a marked influence on several key works, including Gustav Mahler’s Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen and Benjamin Britten’s Night-piece.

Schubert’s last task in life was the correction of the proofs of the last half of Winterreise, the story of a spurned lover exiled in the midst of winter.

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 14 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 23 majors and seven graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education, nursing and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. Visit the Saint Martin’s University website at www.stmartin.edu.

For additional information:

Sarah Holdener
Director of Community Relations and Event Management
Office of Marketing and Communications
Saint Martin’s University
360-412-6140; sholdener@stmartin.edu