Mozart and Schumann Celebrated at Assembly Hall
|Professor Paul Meers conducting the orchestra
The Zaki Nassif Music Program and the Department of Fine Arts and Art
History organized two concerts commemorating 150 years of the musical
legacy of romantic composer Robert Schumann and 250 years of that of classical
composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The first concert, held on May 8 at
Assembly Hall, featured the AUB Choir and the Choral Society (a group
of non-student adult singers). Accompanying them in the second part of
the concert were nineteen members of the Lebanese National Orchestra.
The vocal ensembles, under the baton of conductor Paul Meers, were accompanied
on the organ by Olga Bolun. The four soloists, soprano Gertraud Steinkogler
Wurzinger, contralto Sonja Maria Napetschnig, tenor Ziad Nehme, and baritone
Samer Badr, performed the five Schumann pieces that constituted the first
part of the program: Der Traurige Jager; Opera 75; the two-line Die Rose
Stand Im Tau, Opera 65; Widmung, Opera 25; and Zigeunerleben, Opera 29.
The second half of the program was made up of two Mozart pieces: God Is
Our Refuge and the seven-part Vesperae Solennes De Confessore, both of
a religious nature.
Two days later, on May 10, a second concert in Assembly Hall also paid
tribute to Schumann and Mozart. The concert's theme was Ein Liederabend
(An Evening of Song), and again the voices of the four soloists filled
the hall, this time also accompanied by the additional soprano talent
of Lynn Zovighian, an AUB political studies junior. The program included
three Schumann pieces and excerpts from four Mozart operas.
Both concerts, which played to ecstatic, full house audiences, had received
widespread support from various sources, among them the Embassy of Austria
in Lebanon and the AUB President's Club. Lale Behzade, Bettina and Hermann
Genz, and Julie Weltzien provided translations of the lyrics from German