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Winterreise: Schubert’s Winter Journey in Music, Poetry, and Painting

February 10 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join the Eliot Society for a performance of Winterreise, Schubert’s beloved 1827 song cycle, setting poems by Wilhelm Müller. This performance features newly-commissioned artwork by Betsy Marsch, including an oil painting and twenty-four watercolors, one for each song in the cycle. Winterreise will be performed by Robert Petillo, tenor, and Todd Fickley, piano. It will be sung in German with projected English supertitles.
There will be a pre-concert lecture at 6:30 PM.
About Robert Petillo

Robert Petillo, tenor, specializes in oratorio of the 17th and 18th centuries, and has established himself as a leading interpreter of Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Telemann, and J.S. Bach. He has soloed frequently along the eastern seaboard, particularly with Washington’s many choral ensembles. His skill with recitative makes him sought after as a narrator (“Evangelist”) in musical settings of the Passion of Christ, from those of Schuetz and Theile in the 1500s to the masterpieces of the high baroque, especially the St. Matthew and St. John settings of J.S. Bach. His undergraduate work was at Rutgers University and his master’s and doctorate at the University of Maryland, where he studied voice with tenor James McDonald and as part of his dissertation made first recordings of ten solo cantatas by Georg Philipp Telemann.
About Todd Fickley

Todd Fickley is the Assistant Director and Keyboard Artist for The Choralis Foundation. He is the long-time protégé of the late Bach expert Dr. J. Reilly Lewis, having served as his Artistic Assistant at both the Washington Bach Consort and the Cathedral Choral Society. Equally comfortable at the podium, harpsichord, piano, and organ, his career spans over 25 years performing across the United States, Europe, and Israel. He is frequently seen in concert with a wide variety of ensembles, such as the National Symphony Orchestra, The Washington Ballet, the National Philharmonic, and the Three Notch’d Road baroque ensemble.
About Besty Marsch

Betsy Marsch is an artist specializing in oil painting and portraiture, though she does work in a variety of media, including watercolor, drawing, printmaking, graphic design, and sculpture. She currently lives and works in Franklin, Tennessee. Betsy holds a Bachelor of Arts in painting and visual aesthetics from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Her minor was in philosophy, which with aesthetics forms a convenient bridge between academic research and studio practice. Her work is primarily with portraiture and the human figure, but academic interests often direct her projects into more varied channels. Her most recent work includes experimentation with metal substrates and chemical reactions. Betsy has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions and in 2016 she attended a residency at the New York Academy of Art.


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