Schubertiade: An Afternoon of Schubert
Sunday, June 16, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Join us in celebrating the story and music of Franz Schubert – A festival of food, fun & friendship. Highlighting the beloved “Trout Quintet”, some of the most beautiful songs ever written, and masterpieces for violin, piano & more.
The event will be held on Sunday, June 16 from 1:00–6:00 p.m. at the Petaluma Museum. Billed as “ A Festival of Food, Fun and Friendship,” it is co-sponsored by Sky Hill Cultural Alliance and the Petaluma Museum Association.
Twelve participating musicians, both vocalists and instrumentalists, will fill the museum with glorious, romantic music. The centerpiece will be Schubert’s beloved “Trout Quintet,” but many other pieces will be showcased, including some of Schubert’s lovely Lieder (songs) as well as small masterpieces for the violin and piano. Local prodigy Nigel Armstrong will play the violin. Musicologist Kayleen Asbo will provide vivid background on the music and place it in its historical and cultural context.
12 participating musicians featuring:
Nigel Armstrong – violin
Kayleen Asbo – story, piano
Karen Clark – voice
Kyle Craft – violin
Patrick Galvin – violin
Bryce Holmes – bass
James Jaffe – cello
Jungeun Kim – piano
Paul Mihaly – Piano
Dianna Morgan – voice
Christina Simpson – viola
Elizabeth Walter – piano
In the Schubertiade tradition, complimentary wine and traditional Viennese savories and sweets will be offered. The event is intended to be casual, not formal, with breaks for refreshments. You can even leave the Museum building for a walk around the block, then return for more music and merriment.
So, what is a Schubertiade? Originally, it was an informal, unadvertised gathering held at a private home, sponsored by one of Schubert’s wealthier friends or aficionados of his music. They served as a literary-musical salon, and often included poetry recitations, dancing, and other sociable pastimes. Gatherings were as small as a dozen or as large as over one hundred. Many of the early Schubertiades included Schubert in person, sometimes accompanying vocal soloists on the piano.
These early Scheubertiades began in Vienna, where Schubert spent most of his life, but eventually spread to other locations. Modern Schubertiades continue this tradition, presented as concerts or festivals devoted to Schubert’s music, staged annually in Austria and other European countries. The largest include piano recitals, chamber concerts, orchestral concerts, lectures, and master classes by renowned artists.
Petaluma Historical Library and Museum
20 Fourth Street
Petaluma, CA 94952