ALBANY, Ga. — Leroy E. Bynum, Jr., dean of the College of Arts & Humanities at Albany State University, will perform the song cycle “Die Schone Mullerin,” (The Lovely Miller-maid) by Franz Schubert, as a part of ASU’s Lyceum series of musical presentations.
According to Bynum, the most celebrated performer and interpreter of Schubert’s songs was baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. In the early 1990’s, while on a Fulbright Fellowship in Berlin, Bynum studied voice and song literature with Fisher-Dieskau, Bynum said.
“Die Schone Mullerin” tells the story of a young traveler who meets and falls in love with a beautiful miller-maid. His eventual jealousy, heartbreak, pride and finally his tragic resignation leads to inevitable loss. Bynum will perform Schubert’s “art-song” in an intimate chamber style setting, surrounded by the audience, similar to the way Schubert had it performed during his gatherings in his own home. Bynum said the Albany Museum of Art was selected for the performance in order to maintain the accuracy of the original performances. Bynum, who is a tenor, will be accompanied by Gina Lawhon on piano.
“The museum is such a beautiful place for this type of performance,” Bynum said, “and the surroundings are acoustically perfect.”
Bynum chose to hold a lecture preceding his performance so that those in attendance would better understand Schubert’s famous song.
“It will give the audience an appreciation of how the cycle of 20 songs fit together to tell the story,” Bynum said. “Even though the text will be there at the performance so they can read along, this way they can be more engaged.”
Bynum’s Schubert lecture will be at noon, March 6 in room 114, James Pendergrast Library at ASU. His faculty recital will take place at 4 p.m. at the Albany Museum of Art, 311 Meadowlark Drive. Both events are at no cost to the public.