Southeast Professors to Combine Technology and Music in Performance of Schubert’s ‘Winterreise’


Christopher Goeke, Southeast professor of music and tenor vocalist.

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 22, 2016 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Music will present Franz Schubert’s “Winterreise” or Winter Journey, on Thursday, March 3 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert F. and Gertrude L. Shuck Music Recital Hall at Southeast’s River Campus.

The concert will feature tenor vocalist Christopher Goeke and pianist Matthew Yount.

“Winterreise” is based on poems by Wilhelm Müller and is regarded as one of the most significant works of the romantic period. Written in an informal style, the verses show a relentless searching through every possible emotion in an attempt to bring reason and focus to a broken life. Müller first published the poems in the early 1820s but the themes of suffering, lost love, anxiety, isolation and personal searching still resonate with audiences today.

“Written in the last year of his life, this set represents some of Schubert’s finest creations,” said Goeke, Southeast professor of music. “These songs are full of beautiful melodies and beguiling accompaniment figures that reflect the deep emotions associated with the text.”

This presentation of “Winterreise” will use technology usually associated with larger theatric events to help make this masterwork more accessible to the modern audience. Instead of lengthy program translations, subtitles will be projected during the performance to help the listener follow the interweaving of musical and textual ideas more directly.

Additionally, images of art selected by Paul Thompson, flute instructor at Southeast, will be projected on to a screen as a backdrop for the performance. The inclusion of images will provide a visual representation of one or more of the emotions or themes uncovered in each song.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or by calling (573) 651-2265, or by visiting