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Franz Schubert’s Winterreise is the featured concert for the Los Alamos Arts Council’s Brown Bag Performance Series at noon Feb. 5 in Fuller Lodge.
Schubert’s intimate confession as he approached death at age 31, contains 22 songs. It tells of a man running from a broken heart so desperately, he must leave in the dark of a winter’s night. Santa Fe Opera mezzo soprano Alicia Solomon sings in German “A stranger I came, a stranger again I leave,” and the journey begins.
The evocative music weaves the landscapes, without and within, so that we see and feel with the traveler. Concert pianist Juanita Madland who was featured in the New York Times after playing in a Cliburn competition enhances a gamut of emotions in this duo.
Madland has played for Metropolitan opera singers, but most enjoys Winterreise with Solomon’s great emotional singing. It is the most varied and harmonic piano playing she has done. Solomon and Madland partnered in Schubertiade last year.
Madland just returned from giving a concert at her Alma Mater Viterbo University in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, then played in Minneapolis, and immediately gave Trinity on the Hill Church a dedicatory recital for their piano.
Yearly she leads holiday sing-a-longs and again soloed in the Prism Holiday concert. She just finished the fourth year as co-chair of the Annual UNM-LA Music Marathon for scholarships. She has taught there 15 years.
Past highlights include performances in Antwerp’s Peter Paul Rubens museum, the Italian branch of the Salzburg Mozarteum in Trieste, five times in Van Cliburn competitions at their request, winning the New Mexico concerto contest for adults and her student winning the New Mexico young concerto contest.
She was Professional Music Teachers of New Mexico Teacher of the Year in 2002, and is a permanent Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.
Solomon has appeared repeatedly with the Santa Fe Opera, Santa Fe Symphony, and the Desert Chorale. Most recently, she sang the mother in last year’s “Amahl and the Night Visitors” in Bandelier, Las Vegas and Los Alamos.
She is music director for the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, where she teaches voice, piano and guitar. To listen and download selected performances, visit