Schubertiade: An Evening of Stories, Philosophy, and Song

Three students with Schubertiade Poster in East Pyne

Image: courtesy of J.Lande with left to right: John W. Hoffmeyer, Janice Cheon and Rachel J. Bergmann.

On December 1, the German Department joined the Princeton Chamber Music Society and PhD candidate Rachel Bergmann in the Chancellor Green Rotunda for Schubertiade: An Evening of Stories, Philosophy, and Song. Together with Bergmann (Department of Comparative Literature), singers Neel Nagarayan, Megan Ormsbee, Maddy Kushan, and Kevin Williams, and pianists Seho Young, John Hoffmeyer, Charlie Liu, and Chris Parton presented an interdisciplinary Liederabend integrating scholarship with performance in a program of ten songs. The first set explored the aesthetics of art song, the second the politics of Schubert’s innovations in Lied form in the context of his historical moment. Refreshments greeted performers and audience at intermission, in keeping with the festive and domestic origins of the Schubertiade tradition.

An unusual collaboration between graduate students and undergraduates, Schubertiade was co-sponsored with the Department of Comparative Literature.