A Little Lunch Music is an informal performance presented by Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art and musician Patrick McCurry, series coordinator. You can sit and listen to the entire performance, dine in the Museum Café from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., browse the shop, or explore the galleries.
On February 4 from noon to 1:00 pm in the Auditorium, A Little Lunch Music will present baritone James Wilson and pianist David Richardson performing a free concert that will feature the art of Joshua Nobiling. Mr. Nobiling will be present for the event. Music for the multimedia presentation will be Franz Schubert’s Winterreise. The concert is being sponsored by Bill & Josie Walsh and Nick & Carolyn Davis.
In the fall of 1827, two months before he died at the age of 31, Franz Schubert completed his third and final song cycle titled Winterreise (A Winter’s Journey). Several years earlier, Schubert had come across a book of poetry containing Wilhelm Müller’s poetic cycle titled Der Winterreise (Schubert dropped the article). Through the lense of history it is easy to see why Schubert was attracted to this set of dark, wintry, and existential poems. In 1823, Schubert contracted syphilis and was hospitalized for an extended period. He was able to make a slight recovery, but he had nevertheless contracted a terminal disease. In 1824 he wrote,
“Imagine a man whose health will never be right again, and who in sheer despair over this ever makes things worse and worse, instead of better; imagine a man, I say, whose most brilliant hopes have perished, to whom the felicity of love and friendship have nothing to offer but pain at best, whom enthusiasm for all things beautiful threatens to forsake, and I ask you, is he not a miserable, unhappy being? … each night, on retiring to bed, I hope I may not wake again, and each morning but recalls yesterday’s grief.”