Pianists Martha Fischer and Bill Lutes present their annual Schubertiade—a celebration of Romantic composer Franz Schubert—with a program of chamber music, songs, and piano duets. The duo collaborates with Mead Witter School of Music faculty and students, as well as guest mezzo-soprano Rachel Wood, professor of voice at UW-Whitewater. With several different performers taking turns sharing the stage, Fischer and Lutes' Schubertiade suggests a communal warmth that is only bolstered by the performers' deeply ingrained love for the composer.
Known for setting text (often by Goethe) to music, Schubert created programmatic narratives of tortured romanticism as well as playful charm, behind heartbreaking melodies and evocative interpretations of poetic imagery. His instrumental work is no less passionate, as in the wistful yearning heard in his "Fantasia In F Minor" for piano four-hands. —Emili Earhart