WCM’s ‘Music and Times of Jane Austen’
Acknowledging the strong ties between classical music and literature, the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music presents a special concert, “The Music and Times of Jane Austen,” welcoming Cynthia Kartman from the Jane Austen Society of North America to connect the novelist’s life and works to the music. Both the concert’s setting and substance will attempt to recreate a chamber music and song recital that could easily have taken place during Austen’s adulthood—even, perhaps, in her very presence.
The Prometheus Trio performs the Adagio from Beethoven’s Trio in B-Flat Major, Op. 11, and Haydn’s Trio in A Major. Vocalist Marlee Sabo joins them for Beethoven’s lied The Sweetest Lad Was Jamie. Likewise, Ms. Sabo, fellow soprano Jenny Gettel and baritone J. Mark Baker sing several additional airs (with accompaniment by pianist Fumi Nishikiori), including Haydn’s O Tuneful Voice and She Never Told Her Love, a trio of Italian songs by Mozart, John Braham’s The Death of Nelson, and others. Guitarist Raymond Mueller strums his way through five etudes and the Waltz in E Major, Op. 32, No. 2 by Fernando Sor. Adding yet another tasty element to this ambitious undertaking will be a post-concert “tea” that serves as the capstone of this journey back to Austen’s time.
At Helen Bader Hall of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music on Oct. 4.