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Schubert Club’s 2020-21 Featured Artists, cellist David Finckel and pianist Wu Han, were scheduled to perform several concerts featuring the chamber music of Franz Schubert as part of their residency this season. Due to complications caused by the pandemic, we were unable to present these concerts when they were originally scheduled. We are now delighted to be able to offer a rescheduling of the Schubert Revealed residency with an outdoor concert series featuring David Finckel, Wu Han, & Friends taking place June 3rd-10th. Ticket holders to any performances by David Finckel and Wu Han during the 2020-21 season will have first access to purchase tickets to these outdoor concerts.
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This concert was originally scheduled for Saturday, November 21, 2020.
About the Program
The second outdoor concert of our Featured Artists residency, “Schubert Revealed”, will feature Schubert’s famous Winterreise song cycle sung by tenor Paul Appleby with Wu Han on piano.
About the Artists
Co-artistic director of the Chamber Music Society, pianist Wu Han is among the most esteemed and influential classical musicians in the world today. She is a recipient of Musical America’s Musician of the Year award and has risen to international prominence through her wide-ranging activities as a concert performer, recording artist, educator, arts administrator, and cultural entrepreneur. In high demand as a recitalist, soloist, and chamber musician, Wu Han appears at many of the world’s most prestigious venues, and performs extensively as duo partner with cellist David Finckel. Together, they co-founded ArtistLed, classical music’s first musician-directed and Internet-based recording company, whose catalogue has won widespread critical praise. Recent recordings include a set of three Wu Han LIVE albums, a collaborative production between the ArtistLed and Music@Menlo LIVE labels. The latest captures Wu Han’s live performances of Fauré’s piano quartets from the festival. Complementing her work as a performing artist, Wu Han’s artistic partnerships bring her in contact with new audiences in the US and abroad: she is Artistic Advisor of The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts’ Chamber Music at the Barns series, co-founder and artistic director of Music@Menlo Chamber Music Festival and Institute in Silicon Valley. In recognition of her passionate commitment to music education, Montclair State University has appointed her a special artist-in-residence.
American Paul Appleby has become one of the most admired tenor voices of his generation, regularly appearing on the world’s great opera, concert and recital stages. Opera News writes of him, “… his tenor is limpid and focused, but with a range of colour unusual in an instrument so essentially lyric… His singing is scrupulous and musical; the voice moves fluidly and accurately.”Appleby’s 2020/2021 season includes a return to Glyndebourne Festival as Tamino in Barbe et Doucet’s production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte under Constantin Trinks.
A graduate of New York’s Juilliard School and the Lindemann Young Artist Program at the Metropolitan Opera, Appleby has since been a frequent guest artist on that stage including as Hylas in Berlioz’s Les Troyens under Fabio Luisi, as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail and David in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg conducted by James Levine, and in a “star-making performance” (New York Post) as the lead role of Brian in the North American premiere of Nico Muhly’s Two Boys under the baton of David Robertson.