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Dec 18, 2020 3:00 pm

The Winterreise Project
Second Year Performance Class, Classical Voice

DEC 18 | FRI
3 PM

The Winterreise Project
Second Year Performance Class, Classical Voice

Shiyu Tan and Evgenia Truksa, piano
Annie Shikany, director

The Schubert/Müller masterpiece Winterreise “in conversation” with pieces of poems by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) artists exploring corresponding themes and symbolism. This video performance was produced by the Second Year Performance Class.

Director’s Note

The Second Year Performance Class is excited to present Müller and Schubert’s masterpiece Winterreise (Winter Journey). Each student is performing a song from the cycle (recorded either on site at MSM or remotely from the students’ individual locations). We explored the song cycle through the lens of the identity of “Fremd” declared in Gute Nacht. Usually translated as “stranger/foreigner,” the Fremdling is revealed upon deeper investigation to be a foreigner in their own land. We widened the scope of our exploration to include Black and indigenous poets and poets of color—poets of our time— who verbally distill the truth of the Fremdling journey as well as utilize nature and symbolism in the same manner as Müller. Framing Winterreise in this way has created a sense of community within our class as well as expanded our understanding of community as we open our consciousness to the journeys of others and a more complete picture of the human journey.

Thank you for your continued support of these young singers and these performance opportunities, which are so important to their exciting journey of artistic growth!

Enjoy the show!

–Annie Shikany

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