Martin Thomson, Stephen YengerMartin Thomson, Stephen Yenger

UPDATED April 18: The Menotomy Concert Series had planned to present the Kaleidoscope Chamber Ensemble in Arlington Town Hall on Friday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m., but because of illness, the group cannot perform that night.

Instead, Franz Schubert's "Winterreise" was to be performed by Martin Thomson, tenor, and Stephen Yenger, piano. Now that has been postponed, also because of illness.

The concert is free; donations are gratefully accepted.

Schubert set 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller to music in 1827. A publisher quickly picked up the composition, and Schubert finished revising the proofs just days before his death on Nov. 19, 1828, at age 31.  The full work was published the next month, becoming an immediate success.

 

The poems tell a story of a young man who, because the woman he loves has decided to marry another, leaves home in the middle of the night to wander through the winter landscape alone.

Thomson will briefly introduce each song, to point out how certain elements of Schubert’s settings, largely in minor key, complement the text.


Feb.1, 2023: Menotomy Concerts: Classical music performed at Town Hall
 

This news announcement was published April 11, 2023, and updated April 14, based on information provided by Betsy Schramm.