Schubert Song-Cycle “Winterreise” at St. Saviour’s
The Friends of Music at St. Saviour’s will present a concert of Franz Schubert’s song-cycle Winterreise (“The Winter Journey”) on Sunday, January 20, at 4:00 pm in St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church in Bar Harbor, performed by baritone Jeffrey Heyl and pianist Daniel Pyle.
Winterreise is a set of 24 songs, on poems by the German poet and soldier Johann Müller, and set to music by Franz Schubert in 1828, the last year of his all-too-short life. They constitute a dramatic monologue, a series of meditations by a young man as he is journeying on foot in the heart of winter. He is leaving his home village, where he had formed a deep attachment to a young woman whom he hoped to marry, only to have her reject him in favor of another. As he wanders through the snowy countryside, the sights and sounds which he encounters trigger reflections on his grief and despair.
Jeffrey Heyl sings extensively in and around St. Louis, including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the Beethoven 9th Symphony, Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem & Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfayer with Robert Hart Baker and the St Louis Philharmonic, and the midwest premiere of Mark Hayes’ Requiem with conductor Kevin McBeth. He has appeared with the St. Louis Symphony with conductors David Robertson, Nicholas MeCegan, John Starguard and in Robert Kapilow’s Summer Sun, Winter Moon where he sang the part of Raven with the composer conducting. In the past two seasons he was bass soloist with the symphony in Beethoven’s Mass in C, Nielsen’s 3rd Symphony and Weill’s Flight of Lindbergh. Dr. Heyl holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music, the Hartt School of Music, & the University of Iowa. He presently teaches at Millikin University and Maryville University.
Admission to the concert is free, but donations benefitting the Friends of Music will be welcome. The church is handicap accessible to all, and parking is available.
St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church was founded in 1876, and strives to be a lively spiritual resource for the entire Bar Harbor community. Sunday worship is at 7:30 and 10:00 AM, as well as Morning Prayer on Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 AM, and a healing Eucharist on Wednesday at 12 noon. The Reverend Tim Fleck serves as Rector of St. Saviour’s.