Gabrielle Lochard, soprano
Jonathan Liu, piano
Franz Schubert Winterreise
The Passionflower Duo is a dynamic recital partnership, specializing in classical song. The duo has been performing throughout the Bay Area since 2018, and emphasize creative, ambitious, and expansive programming for voice and piano. Programs have included Elements: Romantic and Neo-Romantic Song, (2018-2019); On Desire, A Song Recital (2021); and I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (2021).
Our interpretation focuses on life. Winterreise has been performed many times in its 200 year history. The music can lend itself to the sorrowful wash of the winter landscape, a metaphor for the despair of heartbreak. This often is tied to a preoccupation with Schubert‘s early death at age 31, soon after the piece was published in 1828. But we can also choose to focus on the fact that Schubert was likely a young, vibrant musician surrounded by young, vibrant artists, much as we are! Also, heartbreak is a furious reminder of being alive, an experience that binds living people together in the present and with the past. In preparing the piece, we’ve tried to approach it with an eye towards life, sincerity, and sometimes even a sense of humor, to find some of these colors and textures in the meditation on grief and heartbreak that Winterreise presents.
Gabrielle Lochard is a musician and multi-disciplinary performing artist. Committed to grassroots community art-making, Gabrielle and her collaborators work as performers, producers, and directors to collectively bring to life projects which meditate on the richness, nuance, and depth of the human experience. Through this holistic approach, she strives to create experiences where audiences and performers are knit together in supportive community. Primarily a classical musician, she is a dynamic soprano and collaborative pianist, active as a recitalist and music director in the Bay Area. Gabrielle also creates work as a modern dancer and actor. In 2021, she co-starred, co-produced, and co-directed a production of Yasmina Reza’s ART, with collaborators Stella Ziegler and Martina Maffezini. She is a passionate music teacher in the East Bay, specializing in a somatic and generous approach to voice and piano, and currently serves as the music director at the Skyline Community Church. Gabrielle holds degrees in Music and Music History from Harvard University and UC Berkeley.