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Music Department Presents Schubert’s Die Winterreise for Voice and Piano on Feb. 21


Sar-Shalom Strong
Sar-Shalom Strong

The Hamilton College Department of Music will present Franz Schubert’s song cycle Die Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) with Jonathan English, tenor, and Sar-Shalom Strong, piano, on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 3 p.m., in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center.

The program, said to be one of Shubert’s greatest works, is a musical setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. It is the story of a lone traveler who trudges slowly but steadily through the cold white landscape of winter.

Tenor Jonathan English has sung a wide variety of styles: Opera, Oratorio, Art Song, Chamber Music, Contemporary Music, Broadway and Jazz. His last concert tour was called “An Audio Biography: The Life of a Tenor” featuring music important to his life and experiences. One reviewer called it “...a wonderful romp — glorious singing, glorious music — at times wonderfully funny and at times deeply moving.”

English is a member of the voice faculty at Syracuse University, and music director and cantor at St. Daniel Church in Syracuse. English first heard Schubert’s Winterreise when he was 18-years-old and was completely consumed by its beauty and power. It has been a lifelong dream of his to perform this work.

In a career spanning over 25 years, pianist Sar-Shalom Strong has collaborated with international artists such as flutist Gary Shocker, trombonist Joseph Alessi, violinist Sarah Crocker, singers Helen Boatwright, Peter Vandergraaf and Sanford Sylvan. Strong performs with the Society for New Music, and also appears on programs for Civic Morning Musicals, the Skaneateles Festival, A Little Summermusic, The Oasis Center of Syracuse, Hamilton College and Utica College.

He has performed almost 10 years with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, and is a founding member of both the Jewell Piano Trio and the Southwick Trio. A native of Utica, Strong is currently a lecturer in piano and coordinator of staff pianists at Hamilton, where he has taught since 2001. He maintains a strong commitment to teaching and encouraging aspiring younger musicians. Strong is active as an adjudicator and vocal coach, and also has been the accompanist/music coach for West Genesee High School since 1997.

This event is free and open to the public. All seating is general admission. For more information, call the box office at 859-4331 or visit www.hamiltonpa.org.

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