Join us at 2:00 pm on Sunday, January 26 to experience a performance of Winterreise, a song cycle by Franz Schubert. This collection of twenty-four lieder was inspired by the poems of 19th-century poet Wilhelm Müller about a young man who, upon seeing his beloved marry another, sets out on foot in deepest winter to grieve his loss and seek solace.

The work will be performed without an intermission.



Program

Composer Work Year
Franz Schubert Winterreise, D. 911 1827

About the Artists

Vinicius Costa

Vinicius Costa

Winner of the Ralph Vaughan Williams award for best performance of an English song at the 2022 Wigmore Hall Song Competition, Vinícius Costa and his collaborator Pierre Nicolas-Colombat were among the 10 semi-finalists out of more than 120 entries in the most important song competition in the United Kingdom and one of the biggest competitions on the European continent. He was also a first place winner in the Brazilian and Latin American Linus Lerner Singing Competitions.

Mr. Costa has performed with Theater Basel and Bühne Bern in Switzerland and with Teatro São Pedro, Teatro Municipal de São Paulo and Sala São Paulo in Brazil. His roles include Sarastro in The Magic Flute, Dandini in La Cenerentola, Zuniga in Carmen, Fiorello in The Barber of Seville and Rodimarte in Scarlatti’s The Triumph of Honor. On the concert platform, he has been a soloist in works such as Bach’s Ich Habe Genug and the Saint Matthew Passion, as well as Symphony No. 5 (“Requiem, Bardo, Nirmanakaya”) by Phillip Glass.

Mr. Costa began his vocal and musical education with the Guri Santa Marcelina Program in 2014 with Naraine Sri Hamsa and Paulo Cavalcante. In Brazil he was a student of Maria Lúcia Waldow and Francisco Campos; graduated with a bachelor’s degree in singing in 2021 and in 2023 completed his master’s degree in performance with Marcel Boone, with specialized training in song with Jan Schultz at the FHNW Hochschule Für Musik Basel. His training also includes the Old Music Workshop at the Escola Municipal de Música de São Paulo with Nicolau de Figueiredo and master classes with Brigitte Fassbaender, Ludovic Tezier and Margreet Honi.

Costa participated in the Reneé Fleming Song Studio at Carnegie Hall in 2023. In Fall 2024, he joins the Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program.

Pierre-Nicolas Colombat

Pierre-Nicolas Colombat

Pianist Pierre-Nicolas Colombat’s musical activities include performance, research, writing, recording, and community organizing. He and his duo partner Vinicius Costa received prizes in both of the competitions in which they participated (Bollinger/Wigmore Hall Competition 2022 and IVC 2023). OperaWire praised his “tight partnership” and “brilliant programming” with soprano Meredith Wohlgemuth on the occasion of his Carnegie Hall debut in 2021. He regularly performs in international art song festivals and competitions (Hugo Wolf International Lied Competition, Renée Fleming’s Carnegie Hall Song Studio, LIEDBasel, Source Song Festival, Brigitte Fassbaender’s masterclasses with the International Hugo Wolf Akademie). In 2024, alongside his longtime friend Elias Dagher (with whom he also hosted the Boston Community Studio Class), he founded the Boston Text and Tone Festival which centers language as the common ground for performers of all levels and audiences to experience the rich expressive worlds that are created when text and music intertwine.

Pierre-Nicolas believes restructuring the distribution of and access to digitally released music is one of the greatest problems facing modern musicians. Efforts to address this have included limited circulation experiments (Across Artists Collaborative Collective, 2020-21), private collectable digit releases as well as subscription based research/writing (Wagner’s Nightmare Limited Digital album), and developing “guérilla streaming” practices with Henri Colombat (Sept fois cis, 2024). His writing on music includes his Doctoral Dissertation (Music and Modern Power: A performer’s tracing of virtuosity and systems of musical value, Boston University 2021), his Masterarbeit which includes a Marxist analysis of methods/media involved in the historical dissemination of music (Lied and the de-fetishization of music as a commodity, MAB 2023), further essays, and concert reviews for the Boston Music Intelligencer and Sinfonieorchester Basel.

His experience in opera began with collaborations with the Guerilla Opera company and rehearsal pianist engagements with Promenade Opera Company in Boston. He has also been on staff as pianist at Boston University and Boston Conservatory. Presently he continues his work as correpetiteur in productions with the Theatre Basel and the FHNW Musik Akademie Basel as well as other freelance work in Switzerland. He began his musical studies in Chicago (DePaul University, BM), continued in Boston (New England Conservatory, MM, and Boston University, DMA), and eventually moved to Basel, Switzerland (Musik Akademie der Stadt Basel, Specialized Masters in Liedgestaltung) to pursue his love of languages and the vocal literature.

About the Concert

This performance begins at 2:00 pm. Join us an hour earlier for a pre-concert discussion about the music on the program. After the performance, you’ll have an opportunity to meet the artists and learn about their backgrounds, interests, and career plans.

The address of the venue is 103 North Road, Wakefield, Rhode Island 02879. Driving time from Providence, Newport, Westerly, and southeastern Connecticut is under an hour, and Kingston Station is only five miles away.

Map and Directions

We ask each adult guest attending the concert to make a $40 contribution at the door. We accept cash, personal checks, and credit cards. Checks should be payable to “Core Memory Music”. Children under 18 are welcome to join us free of charge.

Reservations

If you’d like to attend this concert, send us an email with the full name of each person in your party. If seating is still available, we’ll confirm your reservation.

If you can’t attend the concert in person, you’re welcome to listen to our audio livestream (no reservation required).