Pro Musica Hebraica presents: A Yiddish Winterreise: Elegy for a Vanished World
Pro Musica Hebraica presents Mark Glanville and Alexander Knapp in their collaborative reimagining of Schubert's song cycle, A Yiddish Winterreise: Elegy for A Vanished World.
- Thu., Feb. 10, 2011, 7:30 PM
- Terrace Theater
- 80 minutes
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A Yiddish Winterreise: Elegy for A Vanished World
British bass-baritone Mark Glanville and pianist Alexander Knapp present the U.S. premiere of the extraordinary song cycle A Yiddish Winterreise. Schubert's classic love poet is reimagined as a Yiddish wedding singer fleeing the burning city of Vilna, who celebrates in song the richness of Jewish life and culture and explores the depths of Jewish suffering through time. The performance takes Jewish folk songs and turns them into lieder without stripping them of their original identity and beauty.
This emotional journey meshes Glanville's deep knowledge and love of German romantic poetry and lieder with his equal mastery of Yiddish and traditional Jewish music. Composer and arranger Alexander Knapp, a scholar and expert in Jewish music, has arranged these songs in a masterly stylistic form. Although essentially tragic, this cycle of 24 songs explores fully the aspects of love and humor in Jewish life, as well as mourning for a lost culture and way of life.
Performance Timing: 80 minutes, with no intermission.
Program Note: The performance is preceded by a Pre-Concert Lecture at 6 p.m. in the North Atrium Foyer. Dr. James Loeffler, research director of Pro Musica Hebraica, discusses "Not Your Grandfather's Yiddish: The Sublime Art of Yiddish Song."