Franz Schubert: Gute Nacht

Written by Courtenay Casey

Director of Artistic Planning, National Sawdust

September 28, 2016

Winterreise is an epic song cycle that has been recorded, discussed and performed millions of times. There is a reason why. However, this particular singer and his work with William Kentridge served a catalyst for me as a programmer to dare to hear standard repertoire with a visual lens. Their version, performed at Lincoln Center in 2014, inspired me to see and search for artists who can successfully take master works of genius from the past and create living connections to today. Now, National Sawdust is in our second season with our annual Winterreise Festival, where we dare to look at this seminal work and works inspired from it.

Gute Nacht, Winterreise by Franz Schubert, performed by baritone Mattias Goerne, pianist Alfred Brendel

Courtenay Casey

Courtenay Casey is the Director of Artistic Planning at National Sawdust, a brand new artist-led venue that hosts over 300 concerts a year, in addition to producing and commissioning works with artists from around the world. Courtenay received degrees in Vocal Performance from University of Michigan and New England Conservatory. She has worked in the arts administration field in NYC since 2005. Courtenay is particularly passionate about finding ways for art song and opera to resonate in today’s arts ecology and is thrilled that NYFOS Next is a performing at National Sawdust this season.

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