Schubert & Britten
Sunday, January 23, 2022 2:30 pm
Monday, January 24, 2022 7:30 pm
John Matthew Myers
Adolphus Hailstork Essay for Strings
Benjamin Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings
Franz Schubert Death and the Maiden
Hailstork’s “Essay for Strings” brings a beautiful spirit of memoriam and celebration while Schubert’s “Death and the Maiden”, his famous 14th String Quartet arranged here for string orchestra, is the composer’s almost programmatic working through his own impending death. Filled with driving rhythms, lyrical beauty, and a deadly tarantella, this work stands as one of the greatest masterpieces of all nineteenth-century chamber music. Tenor John Matthew Myers, declared an “artist to watch” by Opera News, performs Britten’s formidable Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings – a both sinister and serene rumination on the nature of nighttime and mortality written alongside his opera Peter Grimes after a serious illness.