Make Music Winter: December 21, 2012

Christopher Dylan Herbert Winterize

Baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert presents a new realization of Franz Schubert’s 1828 song cycle Winterreise at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden (12pm) and at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden in Staten Island (6:30pm). The performances will migrate throughout each campus to outdoor locations that reflect the vivid imagery of Wilhelm Müller’s poetry and Schubert’s music.

Audience members will provide the accompaniment using hand-held radios, emitting the original piano music as performed by Timothy Long and reimagined by sound designer Jonathan Zalben. The production is directed by JJ Hudson, with German-to-English supertitles created by students from Parsons The New School for Design.

At the Brooklyn Botanic Garden: Winterize will begin at Magnolia Plaza, at noon in front of the sundial. Note that the normal admission fee for the garden will be waived; this event is free.

At Snug Harbor: Winterize will begin in front of the Governor’s Mansion (pdf link to map) at 6:30pm. Many other concerts & activities are scheduled for Snug Harbor’s Winter Solstice Festival 2012 that same day; for the full line-up,  click here.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (12pm - 1:15pm) and Staten Island's Snug Harbor (6:30pm - 7:45pm)

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (12pm - 1:15pm) and Staten Island's Snug Harbor (6:30pm - 7:45pm)

How to Join
Bring a small battery-powered radio if you have one. Radios will be available for the first 50 people to borrow.

Hailed by Opera News for his “exceptional” singing, Christopher Dylan Herbert has received acclaim for his “smooth baritone voice,” his “consistently warm sound” and his “versatile dramatic abilities.” Performances last season included Henrik in A Little Night Music at Opera Theatre Saint Louis, Dover Beach at Lake George, Winterreise at the Austrian Cultural Forum of New York and Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles, Kindertotenlieder with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, and recitals with pianist Thomas Bagwell. Mr. Herbert has also performed with the Boston Pops and at Tanglewood, Wolf Trap, and Central City Opera. He is the baritone in the critically acclaimed classical vocal male ensemble New York Polyphony, which is represented by Opus 3 Artists.

JJ Hudson, stage director and bass-baritone, has directed more than a dozen productions, and numerous opera-scenes programs in professional, academic, and community programs. As a bass-baritone, Hudson has performed more than twenty lyric theater roles ranging from Leporello (Don Giovanni) and Bottom (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to Sweeney Todd and Lancelot (Camelot).  He has recently served on the faculties of University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Nazareth College, Hobart and William Smith College, Concord University, and Oswego State University. He holds degrees in vocal performance and stage direction from the Eastman School of Music. Immediate upcoming directorial engagements include an Elixir of Love at Columbus State University (GA), and a Hansel and Gretel at Stony Brook University.

12. Christopher Herbert, photo by Joanne Bouknight

As a pianist, Timothy Long's performances have been described as "dramatic, fiery" and  "dazzlingly forceful" (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle). He has performed throughout the world at venues such as the Aspen Music Festival, the National Museum of the American Indian, the Kennedy Center, Weill Recital Hall and Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Kyoto International Music Festival, and the Castell de Sant Marçal in Barcelona, Spain. His collaborations with singers include recitals with Jennifer Aylmer, William Sharp, Susanne Mentzer, Thomas Meglioranza, Christopheren Nomura and an appearance on NBC's Today Show with Salvatore Licitra. His chamber music partners have included the Pacifica, Euclid and Chester string quartets. Bridge Records released Mr. Long's recording as conductor and pianist, The Music Teacher, a play/opera featuring Parker Posey and Wallace Shawn in the leading roles. Mr. Long was formerly an Associate Conductor at New York City Opera and the Assistant Conductor for Robert Spano at the Brooklyn Philharmonic. He has held faculty positions at the Yale School of Music, The Juilliard School, the University of Maryland and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He is currently Associate Professor at Stony Brook University.


Jonathan Zalben received an MA in music composition and multimedia from New York University, a BA in music from Yale University, and studied violin and music composition at Juilliard Pre-College. He currently runs First Frame Music, a company for music supervision, licensing, and score. Zalben has written original music for Son of Morning, Gods of Circumstance, Snoop Dogg's Hood of Horror, and Kissing Cousins. He orchestrated the music for Repo: The Genetic Opera. In addition, he has written music for the documentaries: There's Something Wrong With Aunt Diane, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold directed by Morgan Spurlock, Doubletime directed by Stephanie Jones, City of Borders directed by Yun Suh, Make Me Young: Youth Knows No Pain directed by Mitch McCabe, and The Perfect Life directed by Sam Lee. His multimedia work has been presented at the Boston Public Library during Boston Cyberarts, Art Without Walls in Central Park, Knitting Factory, PS122, HERE Art Center, Ontological Theater at St. Mark's Church, and Galapagos Art Space.