Franz Schubert’s Winterreise will be performed as part of the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Performance Series at noon Wednesday, Feb. 5 at Fuller Lodge. There is no admission charge and the event is open to the public.
This immortal work, Schubert’s intimate confession as he approached death at age 31, contains 22 beautiful and haunting songs. It tells of a man running from a broken heart so desperately, he must leave in the dark of a winter’s night.
Santa Fe Opera mezzo soprano Alicia Solomon sings the piece in German. She is accompanied by concert pianist Juanita Madland.
Winterreise is the most varied and harmonic piano playing she has ever done, Madland said.
Madland just returned from giving a concert at her alma mater, Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisc., followed by a performance in Minneapolis. Past highlights of Madland’s career include performances in Antwerp’s Peter Paul Rubens museum, the Italian branch of the Salzburg Mozarteum in Trieste, five performances in Van Cliburn competitions at their request and winning the New Mexico Concerto Contest.
She was the Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Teacher of the Year in 2002, and is a Permanent Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.
Solomon has appeared repeatedly with the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Symphony and the Desert Chorale. Most recently, she sang the part of the mother in “Amahl & the Night Visitors” in a performance at Bandelier National Monument.
Solomon is the music director for the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, and teaches voice, piano and guitar. Visit her website at http://www.aliciasolomon.com/.