Paul Kreider, dean of the West Virginia University College of Creative Arts and internationally acclaimed baritone, will present a recital with music professor Robert Thieme at the Creative Arts Center, Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The program begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A) and is free and open to the public.

The program will feature “Winterreise, Opus 89” (“Winter’s Journey”) by Franz Schubert (1797-1828), a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Muller.

Songs in part one, include “Good Night,” “The Weathervane,” “Frozen Tears,” “Numbness,” “The Linden Tree,” “The Post,” “Flood,” “On the River,” “Backward Glance,” “The Crow” and “Last Hope.”

Following intermission, songs will include: “In the Village,” “The Stormy Morning,” “Delusion,” “The Signposts,” “The Inn,” “Will o’ the Wisp,” “Rest,” “The Mock Suns,” “Dream of Spring,” “Loneliness,” “Courage,” and “The Hurdy-Gurdy Man.”

For this performance, Dr. Kreider has added a visual element—artwork projections—to facilitate the depiction of the subjects in the songs and to add meaning for the audience. The images include works by artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Vincent Van Gogh, Andrew Wyeth, Claude Monet, Pieter Brueghel, Oskar Kokoschka, Karl Gustav Carus, J.M.W. Turner, Erich Heckel, Pablo Picasso and several others.

“When asked to perform Schubert’s cycle several years ago for a memorial concert in Philadelphia, I sought a way to make myself more enveloped in Schubert’s piece,” Kreider said. “I asked my wife Rebecca, also a singer, to involve herself in the project; we were both enamored with Schubert’s work in ‘Winterreise,’ but we wanted to become more secure with Muller’s ‘Winterreise.”

“Upon closer examination, the piece is timeless in its depiction of the Romantic subjects, easily transcending the 20th century.

“Throughout the song cycle the subject searches to find his direction in life and therefore his meaning and importance. His emotions run the gamut from fear, happiness, delusion, anger, self-pity to suicidal. He always questions his purpose.

“This performance of the song cycle is in Muller’s order. Thus, it is a search to find more continuity in the dramatic flow.”

Kreider, who is also director of the Creative Arts Center, was principal baritone in Salzburg’s Landestheater for three years and appeared for many years with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and received his master’s degree in music and Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Arizona. He also studied music and theater at Mankato State University and co-founded the Southern Nevada Opera Association.

Kreider has appeared with world-renowned singers, conductors, and stage directors at the Vienna State Opera, Maggio Musicale in Florence, Atlanta Opera, Cincinnati Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, National Opera of Slovenia, Rome, Santa Fe and Tokyo, Japan. His symphonic credits include the Great Woods Festival, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Austria’s Mozarteum Orchestra, Illinois Symphony, Kentucky Symphony and the Tucson Symphony. With the Las Vegas Philharmonic and the New Mexico Symphony, Kreider sang performances of Off’s “Carmina Burana.” Most recently he appeared with the Peoria Symphony Orchestra in Edward Collins’ “Daughter of the South.”

He will be accompanied by pianist and professor of music Robert Thieme, who is coordinator of Vocal Studies in the School of Music and also directs the WVU Opera Theatre. Thieme has worked as a collaborative artist with singers and instrumentalists throughout the United States and in Europe. He has been the principal keyboardist with the Wheeling Symphony and has worked on operatic productions with the West Virginia and Corpus Christi Symphonies, and the Augusta, Chautauqua, Columbus and Orlando Opera companies. For 21 years Thieme was on the faculty of the American Institute of Musical studies in Graz, Austria, a summer training program for vocalists, pianists and instrumentalists. After becoming the dean in 1996, he served as co-artistic director from 2003 to 2008. Since then he has worked as a musical director and vocal coach with the Richard Crittenden Opera Program in both Washington, D.C. and Boston. Thieme holds degrees in piano performance and studied opera with Walter Ducloux and Leonard Treash.

For more information about the concert, contact the College of Creative Arts at (304) 293-4359.


CONTACT: Charlene Lattea, College of Creative Arts

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