Mini Chamber Presents Schubert’s Song Cycle in the New Year

Director of CU Opera Nicholas Carthy joins soprano Ekaterina Kotcherguina to perform Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin Song Cycle. The Boulder Chamber Orchestra will present it with piano and soprano solo. The performance starts on Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Boulder.

“The work itself is one of the most glorious times you can spend—either playing it, singing it, or listening to it. I can thoroughly recommend it to people who haven’t heard it. Die Schöne Müllerin really is one of those magical pieces of storytelling,” said Professor of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder Nicholas Carthy.

The story told by Schubert’s Song Cycle is one of tragedy in the midst of the continuance of life. Published in 1824, Schubert based his composition on 20 poems by Wilhelm Müller. Opera Music Director Carthy will accompany Russian soprano Kotcherguina on piano.

Kotcherguina will sing the part of the journeyman miller. Her 2018-2019 season featured performances with the Hot Springs Music Festival, the Longmont Symphony Orchestra, the Boulder Chamber Orchestra, and Boulder Opera Company, as well as chamber and solo recitals in Colorado and Arkansas.

Carthy and BCO Music Director Bahman Saless collaborated to select this piece to start off the 2019 concert season. This Song Cycle is part of the BCO’s adventurous and wide range of music selections. Carthy will give an introductory talk about historical references the audience can look for. Tickets range from $15-25 and can be purchased online at the Boulder Chamber Orchestra website.

“I’m really excited to bring this rare gem of vocal music to the community. I hope this will provide an opportunity for audiences to see Schubert at his best as a song writer,” said Boulder Chamber Orchestra Music Director Bahman Saless.