Make Music Winter: December 21, 2016

Winterize | Christopher Dylan Herbert

Baritone Christopher Dylan Herbert presents an encore performance of his participatory version of Franz Schubert’s 1828 song cycle Winterreise at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The performance will migrate throughout the Garden, passing through 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. New York Times critic Zachary Woolfe called last year’s Winterize “brave and, in all senses, chilling… an elegantly lean performance that would have been impressive in any context but was remarkable under these conditions… You have not truly experienced ‘Winterreise’ until you have stood three or four feet from the singer, his breath visible in the cold.” You can always stroll right up or sign up here in case we have updates for you on this beautiful event. Winterize will begin at Magnolia Plaza, at 11:30 AM in front of the sundial. Note that admission to the garden is free, and thus this event is free. 1000 Washington Avenue is the closest street number to the meet-up spot.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Magnolia Plaza (near 1000 Washington Ave.), 11:30am

Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 12:45pm

How to Join
Bring a small battery-powered radio if you have one. Radios will be available for the first 50 people to borrow. Note that admission to the garden is free, and thus this event is free.


Hailed by Opera News for his “exceptional” singing, and praised by The New York Times for his “impressive,” “remarkable” and “elegantly lean” performances, Christopher Dylan Herbert has also received commendation for his “smooth baritone voice”, his “consistently warm sound” and his “versatile dramatic abilities.” This season Mr. Herbert reprises the role of Paul Watson in Jonathan Berger’s The War Reporter at the Prototype Festival, debuts at Alice Tully Hall as a soloist with the American Classical Orchestra, and tours with his critically acclaimed ensemble New York Polyphony, in addition to several other engagements throughout the United States and Europe. He holds a B.A. in Music from Yale University and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from Harvard University. He is the baritone in the celebrated classical vocal male ensemble New York Polyphony.

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. 

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. 

JJ Hudson, stage director and bass-baritone, has directed numerous productions, and numerous opera-scenes programs in professional, academic, and community programs.