Make Music Winter, Friday, Dec. 21st


A favorite program returns! The fifth iteration of a special participatory performance of Franz Schubert’s 1828 song cycle Winterreise, created by Chris Herbert, returns to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Baritone and rising star Tobias Greenhalgh leads the performance, which migrates throughout newly restored sections of the Garden, stopping at locations that reflect the vivid imagery of Wilhelm Müller’s poetry and Schubert’s music. Audience members are an integral part of the performance, as they provide the musical accompaniment via hand-held radios that emit the original piano music.

Enter Brooklyn Botanic Garden at 1000 Washington Avenue to meet at Magnolia Plaza at 11:45am and receive a handheld transmission radio on loan. Radios are available for the first fifty participants, or bring your own! The procession sets off at 12:00pm sharp and wends its way south through newly restored areas of the Garden.

Just show up! Take the 2/3/4/5 train to Franklin Avenue.


Baritone Tobias Greenhalgh is a versatile singer on the rise, whom Opera News recently claimed was “so clearly headed for success.”  This season, he sings his first performances of Don Giovanni with both Virginia Opera and Baltimore Concert Opera. He also sings his first performances of Dr. Malatesta in Don Pasquale with Opéra national de Montpellier, returns to Palm Beach Opera for Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, and sings Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath with Michigan Opera Theatre. Last season, he joined the Glyndebourne Opera Tour for performances of Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence for the title role in Dido and Aeneas, and Theater an der Wien for Cecil in Maria Stuarda and Demetrius in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He also returned to Palm Beach Opera as Maximilian in Candide, joined the Grand Teton Music Festival for performances of Riff in West Side Story, and made two Carnegie Hall debuts singing Smyth’s The Prison with the Cecilia Chorus of New York along with a recital at Weil Recital Hall.


Founded in 1910,Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) is an urban botanic garden that connects people to the world of plants, fostering delight and curiosity while inspiring an appreciation and sense of stewardship of the environment. Situated on 52 acres in the heart of Brooklyn, the Garden is home to over 18,500 kinds of plants and hosts approximately 800,000 visitors annually.

 Learn what’s happening at Brooklyn Botanic Garden at, read the Garden’s blog at, and find out what’s in bloom at Visitor entrances are at 990 Washington Avenue and 455 Flatbush Avenue. For hours, directions, and admission information, please visit Follow BBG on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and join the conversation using the tags @BrooklynBotanic and #BrooklynBotanicGarden.

Winterize was first performed at Make Music Winter in New York City on December 21, 2012, in a production by Christopher Dylan Herbert, J.J. Hudson, Timothy Long, and Jonathan Zalben.

Illustration by Kyle Lambert of Callout Creative