Christian Gerhaher and Gerold Huber Open Chicago Symphony Orchestra's Schubert Song Series with WINTERREISE Tonight
Baritone Christian Gerhaher makes his Symphony Center recital debut with pianist Gerold Huber on tonight, December 4 at 7:30 p.m., performing Schubert's Winterreise. This recital opens the 2013/14 Symphony Center Presents Schubert Song series, an exploration of Schubert's most beloved compositions for voice performed by artists renowned for their interpretations of these masterpieces.
Composed in 1827, Winterreise is Schubert's setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller and is considered to contain some of the most beautiful songs ever written. The songs chronicle a "winter journey," during which the lover-spurned by his unfaithful beloved-attempts to escape the memories of his heartbreak only to find greater despair.
Enhancing the intimacy of these special recitals, seating in Orchestra Hall will be limited, with reserved seats placed on the Armour Stage in order to bring the audience and artists as close as possible. This is the first of three recitals in this special series. The second program features baritone Matthias Goerne and pianist and conductor Christoph Eschenbach performing Die schöne Müllerin on Sunday, January 19. The series concludes on Sunday, May 11 with soprano Susanna Phillips performing Der Hirt auf dem Felsen with CSO clarinet John Bruce Yeh and pianist Myra Huang and bass-baritone Eric Owens performing Auf dem Strom with CSO Acting Principal Horn Daniel Gingrich and pianist Myra Huang.
German baritone Christian Gerhaher attended the Opera School of the Academy of Music in Munich and, together with his regular piano partner Gerold Huber, studied lied interpretation with Friedemann Berger. While completing his medical studies, Gerhaher perfected his vocal training in master classes given by Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Inge Borkh. His exemplary lied interpretations with Gerold Huber have set standards. The duo appears on the stages of major international recital venues, including Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, and Vienna's Konzerthaus and Musikverein.
During the 2013/14 season, Gerhaher premieres two new works, both dedicated to him: a new song cycle by Jörg Widmann with performances in Vienna, Frankfurt, London and Luxembourg (combined with Schumann and Fauré), as well as Goethe's Harzreise im Winter by Wolfgang Rihm. In addition to concerts and recitals, Gerhaher is also a highly sought-after operatic performer. He is invited regularly to perform with major orchestras, including the Munich and Vienna Philharmonics, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and London Symphony Orchestra. He also performs with major orchestras outside Europe, including the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He was in residence with the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra during the 2012/13 season and is artist-in-residence for the Berlin Philharmonic in the 2013/14 season, the first singer appointed to the position.