Tenor William Hite performs “A Journey to Oblivion”

NEW PALTZ, NY — Tenor William Hite will return to SUNY New Paltz on Tuesday, February 22, 2000 to join pianist and faculty member Harry Jensen for an unforgettable performance of Franz Schubert’s “Die Winterreise.”

Through its twenty-four songs, “Die Winterreise” tells of the heartbreak and loneliness of a wintry traveler; the narration is so moving and powerful that the piece has been referred to as “some of the saddest music ever written,” by The Boston Globe. Critics have praised Hite’s ability to convey this sadness and beauty, saying that no other performance was “more beautiful, more truthful.” William Hite has performed to critical acclaim with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Handel & Haydn Society, Philharmonia Baroque, Mark Morris Dance Group, The Dallas Bach Society, and Seattle Baroque under Seiji Ozawa, Christopher Hogwood, William Christie, Craig Smith, Andrew Parrott and Nicholas McGegan, among others. Mr. Hite has appeared in recital at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and with Emmanuel Music, Boston in their surveys of the complete vocal chamber music of Brahms and Schumann. He has performed at the festivals of Athens, Aix-en-Provence and at Tanglewood. He was also seen on CBS Sunday Morning in conjunction with Emmanuel Church where he is a soloist in the ongoing presentation of the entire cycle of J.S. Bach’s sacred cantatas. Accompanist Harry Jensen is a faculty member of the Department of Music at SUNY New Paltz.

Tickets will be available at 7:00pm, Tuesday, February 22 in the lobby of the Nadia and Max Shepard Recital Hall, located in College Hall on the SUNY campus. The performance begins at 8:00pm. Ticket prices are $8 for the general public, $5 for senior citizens and SUNY faculty and $3 for students. Please call 914-257-3872 for more information.