Dear Friends and Members of the Sydney Schubert Society,
I am very excited to be able to invite you to the Schubert Society’s “Grand Schubertiade” on August 16 at the Goethe Institute when the splendid pianist Geoffrey Saba will be joined by the young Australian tenor Dominic Walsh for a unique double recital and extended afternoon of Schubert’s music. These two exciting musicians will perform a massive, two-recital program of music including Beethoven’s song cycle An die ferne Geliebte and Schubert’s Schöne Müllerin D 795. Their lieder recital will be followed by Geoffrey Saba’s solo piano performance including Schubert’s Impromptus (D 935) and his Piano Sonatas B major (D 575) and A major (D 959). It promises to be a Schubertiade of historic dimensions in more sense than one and I hope you can be there to enjoy an authentic experience of Schubert’s music.
Dominic Walsh is a young Australian tenor born in Queensland but now resident in London. He studied at the Queensland Conservatorium and the Guildhall School of Music where he received the Guildhall School Trust Scholarship and the Chairman’s prize upon graduating with a Masters degree. He was a member of the Queensland Opera’s Young Artist Program and has recently worked with English Touring Opera, appeared as Ferrando in Cosi fan tutti for Clonter Opera and is scheduled to appear with Wexford Festival Opera in October. Australian born Pianist Geoffrey Saba makes a welcome return visit to the Schubert Society. A celebrated international recitalist and recording artist, Geoffrey has a special affinity for the music of Schubert. He has performed and completed some of Schubert’s unfinished piano sonatas based on completions by Sydney musicologist and founder of Musica Viva, W. A. Dullo and he has recorded several CDs with Schubert’s music. His performance of Schubert’s piano music was enthusiastically supported andenjoyed by members and friends when he visited the Sydney Schubert Society last in 2013.
The Grand Schubertiade will commence at 2.30 pm on August 16 at the Goethe Institute in Woollahra and is projected to finish at 6.30 pm with the solo-piano recital commencing at around 4.30 pm. I hope you will be able to invite many of your friends and fellow Schubert enthusiasts to this unique Schubert event – the biggest and boldest in the history of the Sydney Schubert Society and certainly a wonderful expression of our purpose and comprehensive tribute to Schubert’s genius. I look very much forward to seeing you on August 16 at the Goethe Institute and to also welcoming you to the AGM of the Sydney Schubert Society which will be held in the break between the two recitals.
Sydney Schubert Society Inc.