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Friday, January 19, 2018 at 7:30PM

Andrew and Heather Adelsberger
perform Franz Schubert’s 24-song
cycle for baritone and piano

Free performance in the 1889 Chapel.
Seating is limited. Please RSVP.


The Performers

Bass-baritone Andrew Adelsberger has appeared as Dr Bartolo in Il barbiere di Siviglia with Ash Lawn Opera, Don Magnifico in La Cenerentola with Bel Cantanti Opera, Spinelloccio in Gianni Schicchi and Matt of the Mint in The Beggar’s Opera at Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Festival, and as the Sacristan in Tosca and Mr Kofner in The Consul with the Chautauqua Opera. He holds a Master of Music degree from the Maryland Opera Studio. His concert credits include Schubert’s Winterreise, Raphael and Adam in The Creation, Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem, Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Kettledrum Mass and Nelson Mass, and the Bruckner Te Deum.

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Heather Adelsberger maintains an active career as a pianist, organist and music educator in the Washington D.C. area. She holds an undergraduate degree in Piano Performance from the Catholic University of America and a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Maryland.

Ms. Adelsberger is currently the Director of Music at St. Louis Church in Clarksville, MD and Artistic Director of the St. Louis Church Concert Series. 


The Music

Winterreise – Winter Journey – a cycle of 24 songs for voice and piano based on poems by Wilhelm Müller, was composed by Franz Schubert towards the end of his short life. He died in Vienna in 1828 aged only 31. 

The 24 songs are forerunners, in a sense, of all those songs of love and loss that have been the soundtrack of generation on generation of teenagers. But the loss of love, which is only sketched ambiguously in the first song, “Goodnight”, is just the beginning of it. Schubert’s wanderer embarks on a journey through a winter landscape that leads him to question his identity, the conditions of his existence – social, political and metaphysical – and the meaning of life. And it is all done with light and shadow, moving between sardonic humour and depressive longing...

Ian Bostridge writing in The Guardian