Sometimes the moral of the story is that you get rid of the moral of the story.
In “Die Forelle” (“The Trout”), poet Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart created a parable of freedom and mortality but concluded with specific instruction to supposedly naive young women.
Franz Schubert, in adapting the poem to song, removed the final verse. To Schubert, the text was not a lesson but a drama – the story of a racing fish coldly eyed by a patient angler.
At 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, soprano Jane Jennings and pianist Gail Hintz will perform “Die Forelle” as part of Washington University in St. Louis’ annual Liederabend.
Literally translated as “evening of song,” Liederabend is a German term referring to a recital given by a singer and pianist, particularly of works by 19th-century Austrian or German composers.
The program will feature eight lied, or songs, by Schubert, including “Die Forelle,” as well as excerpts from Claude Debussy’s “Ariettes Oubliées” (“Forgotten Songs”), based on poems by Paul Verlaine. Rounding out the program will be songs by Hugo Wolf, Samuel Barber and Richard Strauss.
The performance is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the departments of music and Germanic Languages and Literature, both in Arts & Sciences.
It takes place in the Ballroom Theatre of the 560 Music Center, located at 560 Trinity Ave., in University City.
For more information, call 314-935-5566 or e-mail email@example.com.
A native of St. Charles, Mo., Jennings has performed leading roles by Mozart, Puccini and Verdi in companies throughout the United States and abroad, including the Dallas Opera, New York City Opera, Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa (Mexico) and the Teatro di Bellini (Sicily).
An active concert artist, she has sung with the Dallas Symphony, Houston Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Colorado Symphony, North Carolina Symphony, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa and the Bilbao Symphony.
Jennings can be heard on the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony recording of the Brahms “Requiem” conducted by Joel Revzen, and as Europa on the Telarc recording of Richard Strauss’s opera “Die Liebe der Danae.” The opera was recorded live at Lincoln Center with conductor Leon Botstein leading the American Symphony Orchestra.
Hintz holds degrees from Webster College and the University of Illinois, and also studied at the École Normale de Musique in Paris. She has served as music director and pianist for various regional opera and musical theatre companies and tours. She runs a freelance coaching studio in St. Louis.