Vienna 1900: Liederabend

April 9th, 2003 by Adam

Janice Edwards, adjunct faculty in the department of music, theater and dance, will present an evening of German songs at 7 p.m. Monday, April 14. Billed as Vienna 1900: Liederabend, the repertoire consists of songs of Mahler, Richard Strauss, Korngold, Zemlinsky and Schreker. PSC collaborative pianist Constance Chesebrough will accompany.

“Mahler and Strauss virtually defined romanticism in standard symphonic programming throughout the 20th century and into the 21st,” according to Edwards. “However, other composers were making their mark in Austria and Central Europe at this time, particularly in the smaller form of the Lied with its potential for powerfully expressing large emotions and images in more or less miniature form. Less familiar, yet equally adept in this expressive style, were, Hans Pfitzner, Franz Schreker, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and Alexander von Zemlinsky, among others.”

Ms. Edwards, who has taught voice at PSC since 2001 and maintains a voice studio in Manchester, has sung with many leading international opera companies and orchestras including the Prague Radio Orchestra, Danish Sinfonietta, Arizona Opera, and the New Hampshire Symphony. She has sung such diverse roles as Fricka in Wagner’s Ring cycle, Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

Vienna 1900: Liederabend will be presented at Smith Recital Hall in the Silver Cultural Arts Center at 7 p.m. For information contact the box office at 535-ARTS. There is no charge for admission.