Dear friends and members of the Schubert Society, I have finally finished the planning for the 2011 series of Schubertiades - I apologise for the delay in sending this newsletter, however, the year started with considerable challenges on account of an accident by Jeanell Carrigan who is recovering from significant injuries while we speak. The good news is that Jeanell will recover fully and you will be able to hear her in our first Schubertiade for the year on March 27!
I am quite excited about the Schubert Society’s program for this year as I have thought a lot about bringing to you aspects of Schubert’s music and life into view. It was my thought that the Schubert Society in Sydney has a role to play in appreciating as well as understanding Schubert and his music. Two concerts in the middle of the year are thus dedicated to an exploration of important poets and their texts in the way in which they may have influenced and informed Schubert's music overall: Novalis and Schlegel are often grouped together as representatives of Romanticism.
The poets of the “Hainbund” had pietistic and somewhat conservative roots and wrestled with emerging desires for political emancipation and freedom. Schubert had evidently a strong interest in both. The Schubertiades in July and September will help to expand these themes. The final concert of the year features one of Sydney’s most distinguished pianists and interpreters: Pianist Daniel Herscovitch will present a piano recital that highlights the connection between Schubert and the Viennese composers of the 20th century. This will be a great opportunity to think and explore the Schubert reception in the 20th century.
Our annual program also throws light on the connection between Beethoven and Schubert in a Schubertiade featuring the gifted young cellist Minah Cho in May. However, we will start the year with a typically Schubertian theme: the Viennese Salon. Our program at the end of this month will feature a whole range of works and musicians (including baritone Michael Halliwell as well as Kate Proctor and Suzanne Sherrington, two exceptional young flautists from the Conservatorium) presenting music which has its origin in the gatherings that characterised cultural life of the 19th century. Schubert’s music, which is now performed in large concert halls to hundreds if not thousands of people, was conceived and inspired by the intimate circle of friends which would gather to explore the realm of the muses: poetry, philosophy, even politics and music.
In this spirit, I hope to see you and your friends at our first Schubertiade for 2011 on March 27. Please remember to update your membership for 2011 either now, by sending the attached renewal form to our treasurer, Bob Smith or at the Schubertiade on March 27.
With warm regards and best wishes,
President, Sydney Schubert Society Inc.