Crowdsourcing Schubert’s ‘Winterreise,’ with an MBTA setting

December 15, 2016

Faculty member Jane Struss sets Schubert’s “Winterreise” in a new way with her students at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. This semester she directed “Atelier Schubertreise,” which roughly translates as “A Workshop on Schubert’s Journey.” It culminates Sunday with staged performances of “Winterreise,” reimagined to take place in the Boylston St. MBTA station. Each performance will involve not one, but several singers; call it a crowdsourced version of history’s most solitary song cycle. The idea for the setting, Struss said, came from a former student who, at a party, suggested a subway station as an excellent setting for Schubert’s “journey.” A pianist in the class took a photo of the stairs leading from the street down to the station. That photo will be projected on a screen at the back of Longy’s Pickman Hall, and Struss will use atmospheric lighting to evoke the setting.

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