Free concert features choral work
MOUNT PLEASANT — A concert featuring Franz Schubert’s stunning song cycle Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Chapel Auditorium at Iowa Wesleyan College in Mount Pleasant.
The concert is free and open to the public.
The program will be presented by Wartburg College faculty members Ted Reuter, piano, and Brian Pfaltzgraff, tenor.
Reuter and Pfaltzgraff also will be giving a forum presentation about the music at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel. That presentation also is open to the public at no charge.
Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert, a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. The poems were written in 1821 and 1822 and published in full in 1824. Schubert made his settings of the poems in 1827.
Reuter is professor of piano at Wartburg College in Waverly. He teaches piano and related courses, including 18th-19th century music history. Reuter received his bachelor’s degree from Knox College, his master of music from the University of Illinois and his doctorate of musical arts from the University of Iowa.
Reuter has extensive experience as a performer and has given solo and chamber recitals throughout the Midwest, Texas and Idaho. In the summer of 1995, he spent 15 days in Belarus giving concerts with clarinetist Eric Wachmann and having cultural exchanges with musicians and artists throughout that country.
In addition to teaching and performing, Reuter is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician and has done workshops and master classes throughout the Midwest.
Pfaltzgraff is associate professor of voice at Wartburg College. While completing the doctorate of musical arts at the University of Michigan, he was on the faculties of Ohio Northern University and Concordia University, Ann Arbor. He received his master of arts in German literature and his master of music from Bowling Green State University, and his bachelor of music education and German from Simpson College.
Pfaltzgraff has performed more than 30 leading operatic roles and an even wider range of concert works. In demand as a soloist in Germany and the United States, he has appeared with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis and has also appeared in productions with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the St. Louis Masterworks Chorale, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Metropolitan Chorale, Toledo Opera, the Rochester Symphony, the Choral Arts Ensemble, Toledo Symphony, the Detroit Symphony (Civic), Canton Civic Opera, Mansfield Symphony, the Ann Arbor Festival of Song, the Rochester (N.Y.) Chamber Orchestra, the Oak Ridge (Tenn.) Civic Music Association and the Des Moines Metro Opera.