West Virginia University Division of Music professors Augusto Paglialunga and Peter Amstutz will present a recital of music by Franz Schubert at 8:15 p.m. today (April 10) at the Creative Arts Center.
Paglialunga is a voice professor and artist-in-residence, while Amstutz is a music professor, who plays and teaches piano.
The program will be in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall and is free and open to the public.
Music professor emeritus Jim Benner will introduce the program, which will include Schuberts immortalWinterreise (Winters Journey). The collection is a cycle of 24 songs which sets to music the poetry of German lyricist Wilhelm Mller. It is a heart-rending portrayal of a winter journey full of misery and woe.
The songs includeGute Nacht(Good Night),Die Wetterfahne(The Weather Vane),Gefrorne Tranen(Frozen Tears),Erstarrung(Numbness),Der Lindenbaum(The Linden Tree),Wasserflut(Flood),Auf Dem Flusse(On the River),Ruckblick(A Look Backward),Irrlicht(Will-�€~O-The-Wisp),Rast(Rest),Fruhlingstraum(Dream of Spring) andEinsamkeit(Loneliness).
Following intermission will beDie Post(The Post),Die Greise Kopf(The Grey Head),Die Krahe(The Crow),Letzte Hoffnung(Last Hope),Im Dorfe(In the Village),Der Sturmische Morgen(Stormy Morning),Tauschung(Delusion),Der Wegweiser(The Signpost),Das Wirthaus(The Inn),Mut(Courage),Die Nebensonnen(The Spectral Suns) andDer Leiermann(The Hurdy-Gurdy Man).
Paglialunga holds a master of music degree from the New England Conservatory of Music. His career blossomed as recipient of the prestigious Frank Huntington Beebe Fund for Studies Abroad, with which he began his European career as a leading tenor in the opera houses of Freilburg, Krefeld, Osnabruck, Koeln, Cologne, Kassel and Innsbruck. He performed numerous guest appearances in other leading houses in Germany and Austria.
His New York City Opera debut was as Don Jose inCarmen,which led to other roles with that company, as well as performances with opera companies throughout the United States and Canada, including Seattle, Arizona, Utah, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus and Los Angeles, among others.
For 10 years, Paglialunga appeared as an opera and concert artist in China, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines. He has appeared with many symphony orchestras throughout the United States and Germany.
As a recitalist, he has been commended for his sensitive interpretations of the song cycles of Schubert, Mahler and Brahms.
Amstutz has received many awards, including Fulbright Scholar at the Vienna Academy of Music, prizewinner in the 1975 Maryland International Piano Competition and medalist in the 1976 Casagrande International Piano Competition.
He received his doctorate and masters and bachelors degrees from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. His 1987 New York debut and European tour received favorable reviews in the New York Times.
For more information, contact the College of Creative Arts at 304-293-4841, ext. 3108.