Monday, September 26, 2016

Wistariahurst to Host Afternoon Schubert Performance with Tea

On Saturday October 1 from 2–4 PM, fortepianist Monica Jakuc Leverett and vocalist Peter W. Shea will perform a Schubertiade at Wistariahurst, accompanied by tea. Monica Jakuc Leverett will bring her replica of an 1819 Graf fortepiano and will perform the four Schubert Impromptus Op. 90, interspersed with Schubert songs sung by Peter W. Shea, her collaborator over the last 20 years. Tea and refreshments will be served. Tickets are $20 and are available online at

Franz Peter Schubert (1797- 1828) was an Austrian composer whose output consists of secular vocal pieces, symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Today, Schubert is considered one of the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.

Ms. Jakuc Leverett is Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emerita of Music at Smith College, where she taught from 1969 until 2008. A frequent solo and Paul McNulty Graf chamber pianist in Western Massachusetts, she is also a featured performer with the Wistaria Chamber Music Society. Inspired by Malcolm Bilson, Ms. Jakuc Leverett has performed on early pianos since 1986. A former board member of Arcadia Players, she has frequently appeared with them on her two Paul McNulty fortepianos, one of which will be featured in this event. She has recorded three CDs. Her latest, “Fantasies for Fortepiano,” is available at Please

Peter W. Shea has sung professionally since 1972, primarily in the Connecticut River Valley, but also throughout New England and eastern New York. He is often heard as a soloist with regional musical groups such as Arcadia Players, Hampshire Choral Society, South Hadley Chorale, the Farmington Valley Chorale and the Brattleboro Concert Choir. Peter also sings regularly with local groups including Cantabile and the Illuminati Vocal Arts Ensemble. He is a member of the Wistaria Chamber Music Society, appearing in many of its concerts, as well as those of other music series in the Pioneer Valley and beyond.

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