Barry McNamara  |   Published January 19, 2016

Moschenross-Rommereim recital

Performance to feature Schubert’s “Winterreise.”
Associate professor of music Ian Moschenross and John Rommereim will present a piano and voice recital at Monmouth College on Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.
  Free and open to the public, the recital will feature Schubert’s “Winterreise,” which is German for “Winter’s Journey.” Moschenross and Rommereim are currently working together at Grinnell College, where Rommereim is the Blanche Johnson Professor of Music. Moschenross is on leave this semester from Monmouth’s faculty and is teaching at Grinnell.   Published in 1828, the year of Schubert’s death at age 31, “Winterreise” is “a type of work called a song cycle,” explained Moschenross. “This is a series of 24 short songs. Each song sets a short poem to music. The poems are by the German poet Wilhelm Muller and tell a unified story about a solitary wanderer, unlucky in love, who ponders life, death and love while walking through the bleak, winter landscape. ‘Winterreise’ is considered one of the most significant, and possibly the most significant, work of its type.”   Moschenross is an active soloist and chamber musician, having performed in state, regional, national and international venues. He is also a sought-after teacher and adjudicator in the region, and an active member of the Peoria Area Music Teachers, Illinois Music Teachers and the Music Teachers National Associations.   In addition to his formal studies, Moschenross has also done advanced work at the Texas Christian University/Cliburn Piano Institute, a prestigious forum for piano teachers held in conjunction with the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, as well as with internationally-renowned artists such as Leon Fleisher and Santiago Rodriguez.   Rommereim conducts the Grinnell Singers and the Grinnell Oratorio Society, and teaches composition. The New York Times has praised the “richly expressive” character of his vocal music. His choral works have been performed by distinguished ensembles across the U.S., including Magnum Chorum, the Princeton Singers, VocalEssence, Voces Novae and The Rose Ensemble, for which he served as 2008-09 composer-in-residence.   Rommereim choral/orchestral work “Utopia” received its premiere with the Prague Radio Orchestra and the Grinnell Singers. He has conducted concert tours across the United States, and in Estonia, Finland, Russia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey. He has also appeared as baritone soloist for choral/orchestral works such as Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms’s German Requiem and Verdi’s Requiem.
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