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Matthias Goerne Closes the 2015-16 Season on April 28, 2016

April 13, 2016

One of the most beloved song-cycles by Schubert, sung by “today’s leading interpreter of German art songs,” (Chicago Tribune) will most beautifully bring the 122nd season of Princeton University Concerts to a close. Revered German baritone Matthias Goerne will perform Franz Schubert’s Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 795 with pianist Alexander Schmalcz on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8PM in Richardson Auditorium at Alexander Hall. There will be no intermission or late seating for this 75-minute program. The celebration of the season will begin at 7PM with a reading of the winning student poetry from this year’s Creative Reactions Contest, free to all ticketholders.

Goerne is celebrated as the foremost performer of lieder, carrying with him the long tradition of art-song performance. A former pupil of the late Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, he has taken on the role as his heir in a dazzling fashion. Time Smith of The Baltimore Sun once wrote, “If you are very, very lucky, you get to hear a performance every now and then that is so sublime in execution, so profound in expressive realization that it will have a place with you for the rest of your life. I felt I had one of those experiences when baritone Matthias Goerne sang [Schubert].”  As one of the most internationally sought-after vocalists, he usually performs on larger stages such as Carnegie Hall and Walt Disney Hall, or in some of the largest opera houses in the world. By bringing Schubert’s expressively internal song cycle—depicting, through the lyrical poetry of Wilhelm Müller, the story of an unrequited love—to the intimacy of Richardson Auditorium, we have the rare opportunity to experience this music not only as Schubert had intended it, but also as deeply and personally as its content asks.

This concert, then, will serve as the perfect finale to the 2015-16 Princeton University Concerts season. The year has revolved around bringing the world’s greatest musicians as “up close” as possible, striving to break all barriers in the concert-going experience and providing as direct an access to the performers and their music as possible. We end this year’s series not only with one of the greatest stars on our own Richardson stage, but with the most unhindered form of music—that of the human voice, expressing a sentiment familiar to us all.


WHEN:  Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8PM; Pre-concert reading of winning student poetry from the 2015-16 Creative Reactions Contest at 7PM, free to ticketholders. 
WHAT: SCHUBERT Die Schöne Müllerin, D. 795
No late-seating or intermission in this 75-minute program.
WHERE: Princeton University Concerts, Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall, Princeton University
TICKETS: $50, 40, 25 General; $10 Students. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to the concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office.
PHOTOS: Please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

For further information please contact Dasha Koltunyuk at or 609-258-6024

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Dasha (Darya) Koltunyuk
Phone:  609-258-6024