Schubert on the Bluff: Winter's Journey Sunday April 15th


Sunday at 3 PM - 5 PM 5 days from now

Mary Pappert School of Music
600 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15282
2:30 p.m. Pre-concert

David Allen Wehr plays Debussy's Suite Bergamasque and L'isle joyeuse

3:00 p.m. Concert

A co-presentation with Pittsburgh Song Collaborative, Benjamin Binder, Artistic Director

Schubert was most famous during his lifetime for his over 600 songs, some of which were grouped into cycles. Perhaps the most important of these is the death-haunted "Winterreise", a journey into winter's darkness many music lovers consider Schubert's finest achievement in song. Vocal expert Benjamin Binder is joined by acclaimed baritone Daniel Teadt. Winter is coming!

With its themes of alienation, exile, obsession, and lost love, Winterreise speaks to our current social and political moment in moving and startling ways. In addition to a complete, uninterrupted performance of the entire cycle, six Pittsburgh …

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A Blister of Stars does not disappoint. Irwin writes about his childhood, deeply personal poems about illness and poverty, with the underlying theme of economic instability brought about by the dying of the rust belt, a common theme in Irwin's writing. As a reader, you are present with Irwin as he faces life-threatening sickness and terrifying operations, while across the street, the neighbors are shooting …

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