Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Bravo! Encore!



Due to overwhelming requests, Schubert's 24 song-cycle, "Winterreise" featuring Trinidad and Tobago Tenor, Edward Cumberbatch and Pianist Lindy-Ann Bodden-Ritch, will be performed again at the Little Carib Theatre on Saturday 10th September 2011. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are $150.00 and will be available from the Little Carib from tomorrow (Wednesday 7th September 2011).

Do not miss the opportunity to see this emotionally stirring performance!

About the Story

"Winterreise" is the story of a young traveller.

He arrives in an idyllic village in May. There he befriends a family of mother, father and daughter and is invited to live with them. He falls in love with the daughter and his love is returned, or so he is led to believe. However, the daughter rejects him to marry a wealthy suitor with the approval of her parents. It is now winter and the hero leaves his adopted home in the dead of night, writing a farewell message to his beloved.

As he leaves the town crows shower him with snow from the roofs and he begins a painful journey, constantly tortured by memories of his past happiness. As he leaves the town he is joined by a raven, possibly symbolic of a death wish. Eventually he arrives at another town where it seems that he stays for some time as he writes of the post arriving there.

The cycle ends with a particularly bleak image. An organ-grinder or hurdy-gurdy man has a pitch near the village where he plies his trade ignored by the villagers and harassed by dogs. It is ironic that in this final poem the poet asks if the hurdy-gurdy man will set the poet’s songs to music, an invitation that was ultimately accepted by Schubert.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Winterreise - Success!

Success! The first night of "Winterreise" has been receiving rave reviews! Here is some feedback we've received thus far:

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"Stunning concert tonight! Eddie and Lyndiann were of international standard and the dance and colloquial commentary were "juss right".... BRAVISSIMO!!!"

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"Is there a superlative to Outstanding??? Eddie!!! Lindy-Ann!!! I'm still high."

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"Just came back from "Die Winterreise". It was more than great, I recommend that everyone who missed it tonight tries to catch a ticket for tomorrow "

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"Die Winterreise" was lovely! Dr. Bishop, RIP, & i dare say Schubert himself would be proud. Wonderful concept, preparation & delivery in the charming Little Carib Theatre!

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Winterreise was FAN-TAS-TIC!!! Eddie Cumberatch, Lindy-Ann Bodden-Ritch, Wendell Manwarren, Peter Minshal and all those involved did such great work. Sooo happy I went this evening... You should try to catch it if you can tomorrow!

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There is only one more opportunity to see this recital concert! Sunday 4th September 2011"Winterreise" featuring Tenor Edward Cumberbatch and Accompanist Lindy-Ann". Tickets for tomorrow afternoon (5:30 pm) are available at the concert venue - The Little Carib Theatre.

Lydians presents ‘Winterreise’ at Little Carib

This weekend the Lydian Singers, in partnership with the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, will honour the late Pat Bishop, who until her sudden passing on August 20 was the choir’s musical director, by continuing with plans for two concerts featuring tenor Edward Cumberbatch and pianist Lindy-Ann Bodden-Ritch.

One of this country’s foremost cultural icons, Dr Patricia Bishop collapsed during a meeting of the Panel of High Level Experts Culture and Creative Arts and died at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital.

The holder of this country’s highest honour, the Trinity Cross (renamed the Order of the Republic of TT), Bishop has been lauded for her work as a musician, painter, historian, media commentator, and cultural activist. She has worked with several steelbands including Renegades, Desperadoes, Exodus, and others, as well as with several musical and cultural groups and organisations.

Cumberbatch and Bodden-Ritch will perform a cycle of songs, “Winterreise” by composer Franz Schubert. The concerts will take place at the Little Carib Theatre, corner White and Roberts streets, Woodbrook tomorrow and Sunday from 5.30 pm on both days.

In the early 19th century, Schubert set to music a narrative poem by his contemporary, Wilhelm Müller, creating the song cycle “Winterreise” (Winter Journey), a sequence of 24 songs for voice and piano. The theme of the story — heartbreak — and the mood — reflection — are as universal as they are timeless. Imaginative interpretation and performance are the means by which classical works are made fresh and new to audiences over time and place.

The performance will be enlivened by dance, choreographed by Patricia Roe of the Caribbean School of Dancing, and featuring Allison Seepaul and Mondira Balkaransingh.