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Northwest Missouri State University

News Release

Feb. 9, 2013

Music, English students to perform ‘Franz Schubert and His Poets’

Northwest Missouri State University students and faculty members representing the University’s music and English programs will perform a collaborative concert, featuring the musical works of composer Franz Schubert and some of the poems that inspired him.

The program, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Charles Johnson Theater at the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

Dr. Pamela Shannon, associate professor of music, and Dr. Jeff Loomis, professor of English, are the faculty members behind the concert, which combines the vocal talents of 13 Northwest music students with seven English students who will recite the poetry.

Visual images that depict the poetry, prepared by Jolaine Zweifel, a computer specialist in Northwest’s Center for Information Technology in Education (CITE) office also will be displayed. Shannon and Northwest student Kyle Zimmerman will narrate, presenting information about Schubert’s life and his songs. The singers will be accompanied by pianists Charles Badami, Deena Poynter and Cody Bradley.

The collaborative concert is a first that Shannon hopes to continue as an annual presentation highlighting other composers. Shannon was inspired to organize the Northwest event when a former professor of hers at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music described seeing a staged song recital.

Schubert, a prolific composer of German songs, was inspired to compose using the romantic poetry of his time by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and others.

“When (Schubert) read the poems of Goethe, it fostered his imagination,” Shannon said. “He took the poems of this man and others and brought a world of poetry into music. He was a real genius and in the evenings, he'd invite people to gather around in his ‘Schubertiades’ to perform these songs.”

The concert will feature poems and compositions exploring themes of love, life and death, including “Gretchen am Spinrade” (“Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel”), “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”), “Heidenröslein” (“Little Rose of the Field”) and Schubert’s ode to music “An die Musik” (“To Music”). The concert will conclude with “Der Erlkönig” (“The Elfking”), which depicts a boy who is assailed by a supernatural being as he rides a horse with his father.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468