January 31, 2017
Happy 220th Birthday Franz Schubert
Famed Austrian composer Franz Schubert was born this day, January 31, 1797 (d. 1828).
The New World Symphony first performed one of his works in the second season, also this weekend’s featured work, the Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944 “The Great”, on March 30, 1989.
That concert also coincidentally (or not) included another work to be performed this Saturday, Six Pieces for Orchestra by Webern. The concert will be led by NWS Artistic Director Michael Tilson Thomas.
Schubert’s work was the subject of a New World Symphony In-Contexttm Festival, Schubert, Berg and the Lyricism of Vienna, in April 2008, consisting of concerts, documentary films, exhibits and lectures.
And he was massively featured at the all-Schubert concert for the New World Center grand opening week six years ago, on January 27, 2011. Works performed included some of his most recognized pieces - Rosamunde, Trout and Symphonies 8 and 9. Led by Michael Tilson Thomas, guest artists were Jeremy Denk, piano; Joel Smirnoff, violin; Laura Aikin, soprano and Diego Silva, tenor.
Most recently, only last week, NWS Cello Fellow Thomas Carpenter performed two of Schubert’s cello works in his Solo Spotlight concert.
Schubert led a relatively short life, but according to the definitive catalog of his ouevre, he composed more than 1,500 works.