Schubert’s Song Cycles to be Featured at Collaborative Works Festival in Chicago Next Month

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Jesse Blumberg and Martin Katz to perform Franz Schubert’s seminal song cycles March 29 and 31 at Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s inaugural festival.

Baritone Jesse Blumberg and pianist Martin Katz will perform Franz Schubert’s two seminal song cycles during Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago’s inaugural three-day 2012 Collaborative Works Festival. These two outstanding performers will present Schubert’s Die schöne Müllerin on March 29 and Winterreise on March 31. Each recital will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium of the Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street in Chicago.

The Festival, “Epic Journeys: the song cycles of Franz Schubert,” also includes an opening night reception, vocal repertoire coachings and a German Lieder master class. The reception, which immediately follows the first recital, will be held at the Custom House Tavern, 500 S. Dearborn Street. Throughout March 30, Blumberg will offer vocal repertoire coaching to individual students at the Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago (CAIC) studios. In addition, at 7:00 p.m. on March 30, Katz will teach a German Lieder master class in the PianoForte Salon of the Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Ave. The public is welcome to attend the master class free. Students participating in the coaching sessions and the master class are being selected by CAIC.

“We cannot imagine a better way to inaugurate this yearly vocal chamber music Festival than with these two seminal song cycles that revolutionized the art song repertoire,” said Nicholas Phan, Artistic Director for CAIC. “Likewise, we are delighted to bring these two exceptional musicians to Chicago to perform this great music.”

Jesse Blumberg, the founder and artistic director of Five Boroughs Music Festival in New York City, is equally at home on opera, concert, and recital stages. His recent engagements include Niobe, Regina di Tebe at Boston Early Music Festival, Bernstein’s Mass at Royal Festival Hall, and performances with New York Festival of Song. Besides the 2012 Collaborative Works Festival, his 2011-2012 season includes debuts with Anchorage Opera and the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, and return performances at American Bach Soloists, New York Festival of Song, and TENET/Green Mountain Project. His singing of the Schubert song cycles has been described by as “beautiful vocalism, lyrical where it should be, impassioned or agitated when it needed to be.”

Martin Katz, one of the world’s busiest collaborators, has been in constant demand by the world’s most celebrated vocal soloists for four decades. He has appeared and recorded regularly with Marilyn Horne, Frederica von Stade, Karita Mattila, Samuel Ramey, David Daniels, Jose Carreras, Cecilia Bartoli, Kiri Te Kanawa, Kathleen Battle, and Sylvia McNair, just to name a few. In addition to being a collaborative pianist and conductor, Katz is a committed teacher. Since 1984, he has been the chair of the University of Michigan’s School of Music’s program in collaborative piano. He has been a pivotal figure in the training of countless young artists, both singers and pianists, who are working all over the world. The Los Angeles Times has said that Katz “must surely be considered the dean of collaborative pianists.”

Tickets for the 2012 Collaborative Works Festival are now on sale and may be purchased on the Festival’s website or by contacting CAIC at collartschicago(at)gmail(dot)com. Adult pricing is $35 for one concert, $56 for both concerts, $70 for one concert plus the opening night reception, and $91 for both concerts plus the reception. Student pricing is $20 for one concert, $32 for both concerts, $40 for one concert plus the opening night reception, and $52 for both concerts plus the reception.

About Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago

Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago, a 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in January 2011 to offer educational support and performance opportunities to young Chicago-based singers and to advance the performance and appreciation of art song and vocal chamber music repertoire. It provides support and training opportunities for these singers as well as opportunities for them to perform in a variety of venues. Visit the CAIC website at to learn more about the institute or to make a donation to support its programs.

Shannon McGinnis, Executive Director

Collaborative Arts Institute of Chicago




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