CANCELED: Svenningsen's 'Winterreise' Recital

Event Details


Date: April 16, 2019

Times: 7:30 p.m.

Location: Hamre Recital Hall in the Humanities Center


Due to illness by the artist, this recital has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

Dr. Russell Svenningsen, tenor, and pianist Debra Reid will not collaborate on Schubert’s "Winterreise" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in Hamre Recital Hall. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Winterreise, “Winter Journey,” is a cycle of 24 songs for male voice and piano composed in 1827 by Austrian composer Franz Schubert, with words by German poet Wilhelm Müller.

The poetry is written in the voice of a young man who, upon seeing his beloved marry another, sets out on foot in the deepest winter to escape memories of her. His heart is broken, and his life is a torment of memories, dreams, and present pain. Schubert’s music perfectly captures that torrent of emotion with his exquisite control of the harmonies and melodic flow. The subject matter — a wanderer alone with his sorrows — was a popular theme of the Romantic era.

Tenor Russell Svenningsen, is associate professor of music at Augustana, where he conducts the Collegiate Chorale, teaches music theory and has a studio of voice students. Russell holds an M.M. in choral conducting from the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music and a B.M., music education, from Concordia College, Moorhead, Minn.  His D.M.A., music education, was awarded from Boston University where he studied with Dr. Roger Mantie.

An active performer, Svenningsen has appeared as featured soloist with orchestras and opera companies both locally and around the world. Recent performances include: presentations of Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise around the Midwest, performances with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra and appearances with Sounds of South Dakota, a local opera company.

Svenningsen is also in demand as clinician and guest conductor and regularly travels to work with choirs of many different types around the United States. Most recently, he was a guest artist-in-residence at the Roxbury Choral Invitational, a choral festival in New Jersey now in its 23rd year, where he was privileged to hear and work with 24 choirs from five states.

Debra Reid, free-lance pianist and accompanist, is a native of northwest Iowa. She holds degrees in piano from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, and the University of Iowa, where she studied with Larry Graham and Kerry Grippe. Reid has worked in Italy with the Rome Festival Orchestra and in Paris with Opera UNESCO. She appeared frequently as a soloist, accompanist, and ensemble musician in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area while teaching for eight years at the MacPhail Center for Music. In addition to her freelance work, Reid serves as rehearsal accompanist for the South Dakota Symphony Chorus.