Noon Hour Concert: Love's Course

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 12:30 pm - 12:30 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Janelle Santi
Caroline Schmidt
For this Noon Hour concert, we are honoured to present three recent Music Major graduates from the University of Waterloo.

Janelle Santi - soprano
Caroline Schmidt - mezzo soprano
Devin Hilliker - pianist

This afternoon’s recital will feature two duets from Felix Mendelssohn’s Opus 63 Six Duets (1844), and the entirety of Frauenliebe und Leben (A Woman's Life and Love) by Robert Schumann (1840). The song cycle describes the course of a woman meeting, falling in love with, marrying, and being widowed by the love of her life. These stages of love are beautifully paralleled through the theme of nature as it evolves through different seasons. Today we open with Gruss (Greeting), and invite you to envision a warm spring day full of new beginnings and budding possibilities. This transitions seamlessly into Seit ich ihn Gesehen (Since first seeing him) and the cycle unravels from spring through to winter, exemplifying themes of excitement, passion, maturity, and grief. Schumann completes the cycle with Nun hast du mir den ersten Schmerz getan (Now you have caused me my first pain) uncovering the arrival of the cold, dark winter, and of loss. We’ve chosen to close our program with Abschiedslied der Zugvögel (Farewell song of the migrating birds), as a sign of hope in search of a new home at the turn of the seasons.

Devin Hilliker
Thank you to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church in Kitchener for the use of their beautiful space as our recording venue. Thank you to Scott King for his audio and visual expertise, and assistance with recording the recital.

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