Schumann - The Song Cycles III

Submitted by ncarterette on Tue, 11/18/2008 - 20:46.
11/22/2008 - 16:30
11/22/2008 - 17:30

Concerts at the Crossroads, the concert series hosted by Christ Church in Shaker Heights, continues its dedication to art song with performances of Robert Schumann's four narrative song cycles in three concerts.


The third and final concert, this Saturday, November 22nd, features tenor JR Fralick singing Schumann's break-through song cycle "Liederkreis," op.24 and soprano Amy Christina Hall singing his mature masterpiece, composed only a few months later, "Liederkreis," op.39. Nathan Carterette (Director of Music and Concerts at Christ Church) accompanies on piano. 

The concert begins at 4:30 pm and will last about one hour. Tickets are $10, and a reception with the artists follows the program.

Christ Church is unmistakably located at the corner of Warrensville Center Rd & Chagrin Blvd, 3445 Warrensville Center Rd. For more information, please call 216.991.3432 or email music [at] cometochristchurch [dot] org

Tenor JR Fralick is currently professor of music at the Baldwin-Wallace College Conservatory and on faculty with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. As a performer, he enjoys great success as a soloist in symphonic, operatic and recital venues; he is also in great demand as a clinician in Russian vocal repertoire and Russian diction after the publication of his Twenty Arias for Tenor: the Leyerle Nineteenth-Century Russian Operatic Anthology. His symphonic appearances have been across the US and and as far away as Isreal. He has performed leading operatic roles in the US and Italy, Britten’s five Canticles on the Cleveland Museum of Art’s “Musart Series,” and Lieder recitals in Vienna, Austria. Locally he has appeared at the Cleveland Playhouse, Cleveland Public Theatre and with “Opera per tutti.”

Amy Christina Hall, soprano, originally from Indiana, attended the Cleveland Institute of Music completing a Professional Studies degree in Voice. Ms. Hall has won many awards including the Bürgermeister Stingl Award in Austria. She has appeared as a concert soloist in works such as Mozart’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, Rutter’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah. She recently premiered the chamber piece New York, In September at a Cleveland Composers Guild Concert. She has performed with Opera Cleveland on Tour in Die Fledermaus (Adele), Elixir of love (Adina), The Barber of Seville (Rosina) and The Pirates of Penzance (Mabel). She also sang the role of Papagena in Cleveland Opera’s mainstage production of Die Zauberflöte.

The winner of both the Steinway Society of Massachussetts and the Bartók-Kabalevsky-Prokofiev competitions of 2004, Nathan Carterette has been praised as very compelling in his power and presence" (International Composer). He has been presented in Weill Recital Hall of Carnegie Hall, Yamaha Piano Salon in New York City, Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland, the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe in Hamburg, among many others. Mr Carterette has also appeared with many orchestras, including the Cleveland Philharmonic and the Heights Chamber Orchestra. He is a frequent guest artist on recital series at Kent State University in Ohio, Radford University in Virginia and the Berklee School of Music in Boston. He inaugurated the Concerts at the Crossroads series in 2006 with three concerts featuring the complete song cycles of Franz Schubert.


Christ Episcopal Church
3445 Warrensville Center Road
Shaker Heights, OH 44120
United States
Phone: 216.991.3432


Schumann's work is very healing and timely to perform at this time of year as we contend with the cycle of life and death--Leider (song) and kreis (circle).  This promises to be a beautiful experience.  View Larger Map