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Schubertiade with Martha Fischer, Bill Lutes and Schubert scholar Susan Youens

January 27 @ 3:00 pm

- $7 – $17

Schubert’s final year – 1828

Sunday, 3:00 PM, Mills Hall:
The School will offer FREE ADMISSION for furloughed workers to Sunday’s “Schubertiade” concert. Just present your federal identification to our ushers, and enjoy an afternoon of harmony.


Master class with Susan Youens. Thursday, January 24, 4:30 PM, Morphy Hall. (Free)
Pre-concert lecture: 2:00 PM, Sunday, January 27, Morphy Hall. (Free.)
Concert: 3:00 PM, Sunday, January 27, Mills Hall.(Ticketed.) Download program here.
Post-concert reception, included with ticket purchase: Sunday, January 27, University Club, 5:30 PM.

An annual tradition at the School of Music, featuring songs, vocal ensembles, piano and chamber music associated with Franz Schubert’s friends and colleagues. A reception at the University Club will follow the concert.

This year’s Schubertiade will feature Susan Youens, widely regarded as one of the world’s foremost authorities on German song and the music of Franz Schubert and Hugo Wolf. She is one of very few people in the United States who have won four fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as well as fellowships from the National Humanities Center, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton.

During the last ten months of Schubert’s life, he composed a magnificent Mass for soloists, chorus and orchestra, a number of superb works for piano duet, the sublime String Quintet in C major, a trio of glorious solo piano sonatas, and a series of thirteen lieder which are among his very greatest, and most forward looking.  These, settings of the poets Rellstab and Heine, were published after Schubert’s death under the title “Schwanengesang” or Swan Song.  Included in the publication was Schubert’s very last song, an enchanting and poignant tribute to a carrier pigeon.  At the end of his short life, Schubert was at the absolute height of his powers, and in that year created an almost unbelievable series of masterpieces.

Our Schubertiade for January 27, 2019 will include a complete performance of Schwanengesang, as well as other important songs from the last year, including a piece written in memory of Beethoven, who had died the year before: Auf dem Strom (On the River) for voice, horn and piano. Other works to be included are the slow movement of the Piano Trio in E-flat major and the Rondo in A major for piano, 4-hands.

Performers for the concert will be voice faculty members Mimmi Fulmer, Julia Rottmayer and Paul Rowe, voice students Sarah Brailey, Wesley Dunnagan, and Benjamin Hopkins, and guest Cheryl Bensman-Rowe, hornist Joanna Schultz, as well as the Perlman Trio and pianists Martha Fischer and Bill Lutes.   

We thank Ann Boyer for her continuing support.

This is a ticketed event. $17 adults, $7 all age students/children. Free to music majors, faculty and staff. To avoid long lines, we suggest arriving 30 minutes early or buying tickets ahead of time, either in person or online. Please see link below.

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To buy tickets directly online, click here.


January 27
3:00 pm
$7 – $17
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Mills Concert Hall
455 N. Park St.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
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