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Local concert to feature choral work by Schubert

Jan 16, 2013

A concert featuring Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise (Winter’s Journey) will be presented Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. at the Chapel Auditorium at Iowa Wesleyan College, Mt. Pleasant.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The program will be presented by Wartburg College faculty members Dr. Ted Reuter, piano, and Dr. Brian Pfaltzgraff, tenor.

Reuter and Pfaltzgraff will also be giving a Forum presentation about the music at 11 a.m. on Thursday in the Chapel. That presentation is also open to the public at no charge.

Winterreise (Winter Journey) is a song cycle for voice and piano by Franz Schubert, a setting of 24 poems by Wilhelm Müller. The poems were written in 1821 and 1822 and published in full in 1824. Schubert made his settings of the poems in 1827.

Reuter is professor of piano at Wartburg College in Waverly. He teaches piano and related courses, including 18th-19th century music history. Reuter received his B.A. from Knox College, his M.Mus. from the University of Illinois and his D.M.A. from the University of Iowa.

Reuter has extensive experience as a performer and has given solo and chamber recitals throughout the Midwest, Texas, and Idaho. In the summer of 1995, he spent 15 days in Belarus giving concerts with clarinetist Eric Wachmann and having cultural exchanges with musicians and artists throughout that country.

In addition to teaching and performing, Reuter is in demand as an adjudicator and clinician and has done workshops and master classes throughout the Midwest.

Pfaltzgraff is associate professor of voice at Wartburg College. While completing the Doctorate of Musical Arts at the University of Michigan, he was on the faculties of Ohio Northern University and Concordia University, Ann Arbor. He received his Master of Arts in German Literature and his Master of Music from Bowling Green State University, and his Bachelor of Music Education and German from Simpson College.

Pfaltzgraff has performed more than 30 leading operatic roles and an even wider range of concert works. In demand as a soloist in Germany and the United States, he has appeared with Union Avenue Opera in St. Louis, and has also appeared in productions with Opera Theatre of St. Louis, the St. Louis Masterworks Chorale, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Metropolitan Chorale, Toledo Opera, the Rochester Symphony, the Choral Arts Ensemble, Toledo Symphony, the Detroit Symphony (Civic), Canton Civic Opera, Mansfield Symphony, the Ann Arbor Festival of Song, the Rochester, N.Y. Chamber Orchestra, the Oak Ridge,Tenn. Civic Music Association, and the Des Moines Metro Opera.

Iowa Wesleyan College offers a full series of concerts, lectures and other events that are free and open to the public. For a schedule of upcoming events, log on to


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