Our last musical event of the season…On Wednesday August 20 at 6:30 pm, in partnership with artists of the Glimmerglass Festival, Hyde Hall will present “A Schubertiade at Hyde Hall: A Performance of Songs, Instrumental Music, and Letters.” Musical evenings at home were common in the 18th and 19th centuries, and Franz Schubert and his friends held many of them during his brief lifetime (1797-1828) in Vienna. Schubert reached adulthood just as the Clarke family began to inhabit their new country home, Hyde Hall, where George Clarke invited his friends and family to gather in the Drawing Room to sing, play the flute and fortepiano, and perform works by composers such as Schubert.

Heather Wittels, violinist with the Glimmerglass Festival, has put together a program of art song, instrumental pieces, and readings from Schubert’s writings. She will be joined by pianists Kathleen Kelly and David Moody, singers Jeni Houser, Daniel T. Curran, and Gerard Michael D’Emilio and Wynn Harmon, actor. The program will begin at 6:30pm in the magnificent Drawing Room at Hyde Hall, which was completed a few years after Franz Schubert’s death. The program will be followed by a reception in the Mansion’s Entrance Hall. Admission is by donation, and reservations are not required. Hyde Hall is most conveniently reached through the Glimmerglass State Park entrance on Rte. 31.