Performance Saturday, March 1, 2014 | 1 PM

Discovery Day: Franz Schubert's Last Years

Weill Recital Hall
Explore the final years of the life of renowned Romantic-era composer Franz Schubert. This incredibly fertile period for the prolific composer saw the creation of some of his most beloved masterworks, including the song cycles Winterreise and Die schöne Müllerin, as well as numerous string quartets, sonatas, and symphonies. The afternoon features a keynote lecture, a vocal recital, a dramatic reading, and a performance of Schubert's String Quintet in C Major.


  • Graham Johnson, Keynote Speaker, Music Director, and Pianist
  • Susanna Phillips, Soprano
  • Nicholas Phan, Tenor
  • John Brancy, Baritone
  • Alicia Lee, Clarinet
  • Jasper String Quartet
    ·· J Freivogel, Violin
    ·· Sae Chonabayashi, Violin
    ·· Sam Quintal, Viola
    ·· Rachel Henderson Freivogel, Cello
  • Andrew Janss, Cello
  • Greg McFadden, Actor
  • Michael Siberry, Actor
  • Jennifer Van Dyck, Actor

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately four hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Graham Johnson

    Graham Johnson is recognized as one of the world's leading vocal accompanists. Born in Rhodesia, he came to London to study in 1967. After leaving the Royal Academy of Music, his teachers included Gerald Moore and Geoffrey Parsons. In 1972, he was the official pianist at Peter Pears's first master classes at Snape Maltings, bringing him into contact with Benjamin Britten-­a link that strengthened his determination to accompany.

    In 1976, Mr. Johnson formed the Songmakers' Almanac to explore neglected areas of piano-accompanied vocal music. The founder singers were Dame Felicity Lott, Ann Murray, Anthony Rolfe Johnson, and Richard Jackson-artists with whom he has established long and fruitful collaborations both on the concert platform and the recording studio. Some 250 Songmakers' programs were presented over the years. He has accompanied such distinguished singers as Sir Thomas Allen, Victoria de los Ángeles, Elly Ameling, Arleen Auger, Ian Bostridge, Brigitte Fassbaender, Matthias Goerne, Thomas Hampson, Simon Keenlyside, Alice Coote, Philip Langridge, Sergei Leiferkus, Christopher Maltman, Edith Mathis, Lucia Popp, Christoph Prégardien, Dame Margaret Price, Thomas Quasthoff, Dorothea Röschmann, Kate Royal, Christine Schäfer, Peter Schreier, Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, and Sarah Walker.

    Closely associated with Wigmore Hall, Mr. Johnson has been chairman of the jury for the Wigmore Hall Song Competition since its inception. He also devised and accompanied concerts for the hall's reopening series in 1992 and for its centenary celebrations in 2001. He is senior professor of accompaniment at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and has led a biennial scheme for Young Songmakers since 1985.

    Mr. Johnson has had a long and fruitful link with Hyperion Records alongside Ted Perry and Simon Perry, for whom he has devised and accompanied a set of complete Schubert Lieder on 37 discs-a milestone in the history of recording-and a complete Schumann series. He is also recording an ongoing French song series of the complete songs of Chausson, Chabrier, Fauré, and Poulenc. He has recorded two solo recital discs with Ms. Coote for Hyperion. He has made recordings under the Sony, BMG, harmonia mundi, Forlane, EMI, and Deutsche Grammophon labels.

    Mr. Johnson was made an OBE in the 1994 Queen's Birthday Honours list, appointed a chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French government in 2002, and made an honorary member of the Royal Philharmonic Society in 2010. In 2013, he was awarded the Wigmore Hall Medal, as well as honorary doctorates from both Durham University and the New England Conservatory of Music.

    Graham Johnson is author of Franz Schubert: The Complete Songs (Yale University Press, to be published on May 27, 2014), an alphabetical three-volume work with more than 700 song and part-song commentaries, some 120 articles on Schubert's poets, and over 60 essays on various aspects of Schubert's lieder.

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  • Susanna Phillips

    Alabama-born soprano Susanna Phillips, recipient of the Metropolitan Opera's 2010 Beverly Sills Artist Award, continues to establish herself as one of today's most sought-after singing actors and recitalists. In 2013-2014, Ms. Phillips returns to the Metropolitan Opera for a sixth consecutive season. Her roles with the company include Fiordiligi in Così fan tutte, under the baton of returning music director James Levine; Rosalinde in a new staging of Strauss's Die Fledermaus as part of the annual New Year's Eve gala; and Musetta in La bohème, a reprise of the role in which she made her house debut in 2008.

    Orchestral engagements this season include Fauré's Requiem with Charles Dutoit and the San Francisco Symphony and with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The Philadelphia Orchestra, where it shares the program with Villa-Lobos's Bachianas brasileiras No. 5; Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; and Barber's Knoxville: Summer of 1915 with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. In recital, Ms. Phillips is joined by bass-baritone Eric Owens at Chicago's Symphony Center for a program of Schubert lieder. Chamber music engagements include performances with Paul Neubauer and Anne-Marie McDermott in a trio concert tour that culminates at Boston's Gardner Museum.

    Last season, Ms. Phillips sang Donna Anna in Don Giovanni at the Met and returned to Carnegie Hall for a special concert performance as Stella in André Previn's A Streetcar Named Desire opposite Renée Fleming-a role she also performed at the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Other operatic highlights included her return to Santa Fe Opera as the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro, and a concert production of Idomeneo at the Ravinia Festival. Orchestral appearances included collaborations with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore, Alabama, and St. Louis, and with the Oratorio Society of New York. In addition, she made her solo recital debut at Carnegie Hall's Weill Recital Hall with pianist Myra Huang.

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  • Nicholas Phan

    American Nicholas Phan continues to distinguish himself as one of the most compelling young tenors appearing on the prestigious concert and opera stages of the world.

    Engagements this season include returns to the St. Louis Symphony, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Boston Baroque, and National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa; performances of the Evangelist in Bach's St. Matthew Passion with the Chicago Bach Project, Oratorio Society of New York, and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra; and recitals in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, New York, and Istanbul. He has also toured extensively throughout the major concert halls of Europe with Il Complesso Barocco, and appeared with the Oregon Bach, Ravinia, Marlboro, Edinburgh, Rheingau, Saint-Denis festivals, as well as the BBC Proms.

    An avid proponent of vocal chamber music, he has collaborated with many chamber musicians, including pianists Mitsuko Uchida, Richard Goode, and Jeremy Denk; guitarist Eliot Fisk; and horn players Jennifer Montone and Gail Williams. He is also a founder and the Artistic Director of Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, an organization devoted to promoting the art song and vocal chamber music repertoire.

    Also considered one of the rising young stars of the opera world, Mr. Phan recently appeared at the Portland Opera as Fenton in Falstaff, Atlanta Opera as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, and Seattle Opera as Almaviva in Il barbiere di Siviglia.

    Mr. Phan's most recent solo album, Still Fall the Rain (AVIE) was named one of the best classical recordings of 2012 by The New York Times. His growing discography includes the Grammy-nominated recording of Stravinsky's Pulcinella with Pierre Boulez and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO Resound), his debut solo album Winter Words (AVIE),and the opera L'Olimpiade with the Venice Baroque Orchestra (Naïve).

    A graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Phan is the 2012 recipient of the Paul C. Boylan Distinguished Alumni Award. He also studied at the Manhattan School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival and School, and is an alumnus of the Houston Grand Opera Studio. He was the recipient of a 2006 Sullivan Foundation Award and a 2004 Richard F. Gold Career Grant from the Shoshana Foundation.

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  • John Brancy

    Baritone John Brancy is a 2013 George London Foundation Encouragement Award recipient. The 2013-2014 season brings debut performances with Oper Frankfurt as Sonora in La fanciulla del West, Gotham Chamber Opera in Charpentier's La descente d'Orphée aux enfers, and Pacific Opera Victoria as Harlekin in Ariadne auf Naxos. Mr. Brancy's concert and recital engagements for the year include performances with the Saskatoon and Regina symphony orchestras, San Francisco Symphony, Boston Symphony Orchestra with pianist-composer Thomas Adès, and Brooklyn Art Song Society.

    During the 2012-2013 season, Mr. Brancy made his debut with the Semperoper Dresden, singing the role of Fiorello in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia. Additionally, he closed the season performing the role of Papageno in Die Zauberflöte at Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara.

    He has given recitals throughout Europe and North America, and has appeared frequently in concert with New York Festival of Song, including several concerts at the Caramoor Festival. Recently, he sang Handel's Messiah with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and performed in recital with the renowned Hugo Wolf Akademie in Stuttgart, Germany.

    Mr. Brancy is a Sullivan Foundation Award winner, in addition to earning first prize at the Classical Singer magazine competition and the Gold Award for Voice at the YoungArts Foundation competition. He is a second-place winner in the Gerda Lissner and Liederkranz competitions, and third-place winner in the 2012 Montreal International Music Competition.

    Mr. Brancy received his bachelor's degree from The Juilliard School and finished his graduate studies in spring 2013 under the tutelage of Edith Wiens.

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  • Alicia Lee

    Born into a musical family, Alicia Lee grew up in Michigan, where she began playing clarinet at the age of 12. She currently performs as solo bass clarinetist of the Bergen Philharmonic in Norway. She also maintains a busy freelance career throughout New York City, performing regularly with a variety of groups, including the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, The Knights, Talea Ensemble, International Contemporary Ensemble, Alarm Will Sound, and NOVUS. She has performed at the Lucerne, Spoleto (Italy and US), and Yellow Barn festivals, in addition to being in residence at the Marlboro Music Festival for the past several summers.

    Ms. Lee is a founding member of Decoda, a chamber music collective made up of former fellows of Ensemble ACJW (The Academy-a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with the New York City Department of Education). As a member of Decoda, she has led workshops and residencies at The Colburn School and University of South Carolina, as well as at Sing Sing Correctional Facility and Valley Lodge shelter through Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections program. This summer, she will be a faculty member for the inaugural season of the Decoda Skidmore Chamber Music Institute.

    Ms. Lee was formerly the associate principal and E-flat clarinet player of the Santa Barbara Symphony, a position she held for seven seasons. She holds a bachelor's degree in French Language and Literature from Columbia University, and pursued musical studies at The Juilliard School as a student of Charles Neidich and Ayako Oshima. She earned additional degrees from the University of Southern California and The Colburn School, where she was a student of Yehuda Gilad.

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  • Jasper String Quartet

    Winner of the 2012 Cleveland Quartet Award and based in Philadelphia, the Jasper String Quartet is the ensemble-in-residence at Classic Chamber Concerts in Naples, Florida. The quartet recently released two highly acclaimed albums for the Sono Luminus label that feature the works of Beethoven, Schubert, and Aaron Jay Kernis.

    After winning the grand and audience prizes at the 2008 Plowman Chamber Music Competition, the Jaspers went on to win the grand prize at the 2008 Coleman Competition, first prize at Chamber Music Yellow Springs 2008, and silver medal at the 2008 and 2009 Fischoff National Chamber Music competitions. It was also the first ensemble to win the Yale School of Music's Horatio Parker Memorial Prize (2009), an award established in 1945 and selected by the faculty for "best fulfilling … lofty musical ideals."

    The quartet was the 2010-2012 ensemble-in-residence at Oberlin Conservatory and, in conjunction with Astral Artists, was awarded a 2012 Chamber Music America grant through its Residency Partnership Program for work in Philadelphia schools. From 2009 to 2011, the Jaspers were the Ernst C. Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts-the first ensemble to be invited to hold that position for a second year.

    The Jasper String Quartet has commissioned works from Andrew Norman, Nicholas Omiccioli, Conrad Tao, and Annie Gosfield. They are also in the middle of a quartet-commissioning project with Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Aaron Jay Kernis.

    The Jasper String Quartet has brought well over 100 outreach programs into schools and enjoys educational work of all types. In their Melba and Orville Roleffson Residency at the Banff Centre, they embarked on "guerilla chamber music," performing concerts in unusual settings around Alberta, Canada. Currently, the quartet works closely with Philadelphia's Astral Artists to bring outreach activities to schools.

    In 2008, the quartet continued its training with the Tokyo String Quartet as Yale University's graduate quartet-in-residence. The Jasper String Quartet is named after Jasper National Park in Alberta, Canada.

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  • Andrew Janss

    Andrew Janss's performances have taken him across four continents to some of the most prestigious venues in the world. In March 2012, he was invited to serve as guest principal cellist of the world-renowned Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. Mr. Janss has also collaborated in concert with a long list of iconic artists, including Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Kim Kashkashian, Paul Neubauer, Lynn Harrell, Gary Hoffman, Leon Fleisher, Richard Goode, Wu Han, Jeffrey Kahane, David Shifrin, Pepe and Angel Romero, and members of the American, Emerson, Guarneri, Juilliard, Shanghai, and Takács string quartets. Additionally, he has performed alongside such chart-topping performers as Mary J. Blige, Estelle, Florence and the Machine, Erykah Badu, Kurt Elling, and The Roots.

    Mr. Janss was the founding cellist of the Escher String Quartet, one of the most highly acclaimed string quartets of its generation. During his tenure, the quartet gave debuts at the Music@Menlo, Ravinia, Santa Fe, La Jolla Summerfest, and Caramoor music festivals.

    Mr. Janss began his training on the cello at age 10 with cellist Andrew Cook, and continued at the Manhattan School of Music, studying with David Geber, Sylvia Rosenberg, David Soyer. He graduated in May 2006 with the Hugo Kortschak Award for outstanding achievement in chamber music. In 2011, he was accepted to the prestigious Artist Diploma program at the Manhattan School of Music.

    Mr. Janss is assistant artistic director of the Omega Ensemble, a chamber music series in New York City that promotes young artists at the beginning of major careers. He is also a regular faculty member of the Gold Coast Chamber Music Festival.

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  • Greg McFadden

    Greg McFadden has appeared on Broadway in The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial and the upcoming Act One. Off-Broadway credits include Timon of Athens and Hamlet at The Public Theater / New York Shakespeare Festival, When the Rain Stops Falling and Nikolai and the Others at Lincoln Center Theater, In the Footprint with The Civilians, Roadkill Confidential with Clubbed Thumb, The Voysey Inheritance at the Atlantic Theater Company, The Sea and The Late Christopher Bean with The Actor's Company Theatre, Three-Cornered Moon with the Keen Company, Badge at the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and A Tale of Two Cities at the Culture Project.

    Mr. McFadden's regional credits include performances at The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Humana Festival of New American Plays, and George Street Playhouse. On television, he played Jeremy Larson on Guiding Light and has been seen on Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Dirty Sexy Money, Cupid, and Conviction. His film credits include Synecdoche, New York; Solitary Man; Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You; and the upcoming A Walk Among the Tombstones. Mr. McFadden is a graduate of The Juilliard School.

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  • Michael Siberry

    Michael Siberry's theater credits include Proof, Candida, and Uncle Vanya (Princeton's McCarter Theatre); An Enemy of the People (Manhattan Theatre Club); Man and Boy, Death Takes a Holiday, and Mrs. Warren's Profession (Roundabout Theatre Company); When the Rain Stops Falling and The Frogs (Lincoln Center Theater); On the Levee (LCT3); Spamalot (Broadway and national tour); Journey's End, Chicago, and A Midsummer Night's Dream in London; The White Devil (Sydney Theatre Company at BAM); House & Garden (Royal National Theatre); The Sound of Music (Broadway); and Nicholas Nickleby (Royal Shakespeare Company, Broadway). At the Royal Shakespeare Company, Siberry has appeared in Hamlet, The Taming of the Shrew, La Ronde, As You Like It, Richard III, All's Well That Ends Well, and Macbeth. His television credits include Rosemary & Thyme, The Grand, Silent Witness, Jeeves and Wooster, and House of Cards.

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  • Jennifer Van Dyck

    Jennifer Van Dyck's recent work includes plays by Howard Barker (The Castle at Potomac Theatre Project / Atlantic Stage 2), A. R. Gurney (The Dining Room at Westport Country Playhouse), and Charles Busch (Judith of Bethulia at Theater for the New City, The Divine Sister at SoHo Playhouse, The Third Story at MCC Theater). On Broadway, she has appeared in Hedda Gabler, Dancing at Lughnasa, Two Shakespearean Actors, and The Secret Rapture. Off-Broadway performances include The Picture Box (Negro Ensemble Company); Orson's Shadow (Barrow Street Theatre); The Breadwinner and The Second Man (Keen Company); Suzan Lori-Parks's 365 Days / 365 Plays (Barrow Street Theatre / The Public Theater); I See Fire in the Dead Man's Eye (Clurman Theatre); King of Clocks (HERE Arts Center); Hesh (Naked Angels); A Cheever Evening, Man in His Underwear, and Gus and Al (Playwrights Horizons); Earth and Sky (Second Stage Theatre); and Human Gravity (Ensemble Studio Theatre). Recent film and television work includes Royal Pains, Person of Interest, Elementary, Too Big to Fail, Michael Clayton, Across the Universe, Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Fringe, and New Amsterdam. Van Dyck's narration work encompasses radio plays for the BBC, documentary work for PBS, and hundreds of audiobooks in a wide range of genres. She has received three AudioFile Magazine Earphones Awards, two Audie nominations, and's Best of 2013 for her narration of Notes From No Man's Land by Eula Biss.

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Schubert's Der Winterabend
Graham Johnson, Piano | Christopher Maltman, Tenor
Wigmore Hall Live


This program is a Lieder's Digest of songs from Schubert's last year (or so) of life; in it, we hear merriment, power, darkness, profundity, meditative musing, mystery, passion, and more.
Program Notes


Carnegie Hall's Director of Artistic Planning, Jeremy Geffen, discusses Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin.

Lead funding for Vienna: City of Dreams is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
This performance is part of Non-Subscription Events, and Vienna: City of Dreams.

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