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Musical Storefronts: Michael Kuhn, tenor & Thomas Weaver, piano

March 4 at 4, 5 & 6 pm


Michael Kuhn Bio


Thomas Weaver Bio

Program

WORKS BY FRANZ SCHUBERT (1797-1828)

1. Nacht und Traume (Night and Dreams)
2. Der Zwerg (The Dwarf) 
3. Nachtstück (Nocturne
4. Du bist die Ruh (You are Peace)
5. Erlkönig (Erl King)
6. Wandrers Nachtlied II (Wanderer’s Night Song)

Program Note
I’m so thrilled to bring an all-Schubert adaption of Nacht und Träume to Kaufman Center’s Musical Storefronts series. Originally debuting at the Massachusetts Museum of Modern Art (Mass MoCA) in 2018, Nacht und Träume (Night and Dreams) is a poetic-musical exploration of the sleeping mind, as set by some of the most prolific composers of 19th century German Romantic lieder. Falling somewhere between a recital, dramatic work, and piece of performance art, Nacht und Träume takes the audience through an uninterrupted musical dream state, as narrated by one singer and one pianist. During its progression, the piece immerses its spectators into the ever-fluctuating dreams of the narrator: a magical journey of unfiltered humanity that can only be revealed in the deepest realms of sleep.
Special thanks to director John de los Santos for helping adapt the piece for this performance.


MUSICAL STOREFRONTS

January 21-April 28, 2021

Kaufman Music Center brought live music back to NYC’s Upper West Side with a pop-up concert series with 107 performances featuring 202 of our city’s finest performers, including chamber musicians, soloists, Broadway stars from Hamilton, Tootsie and Company, and artists from the Merkin Hall stage. More than 30K passers-by enjoyed the performances. Presented in partnership with the Alphadyne Foundation, Musical Storefronts provided work to artists severely impacted by the cancellation of live performances in a format that took into account all necessary health and safety measures for both artists and audiences.

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