Our Video of the Week is a double-play this time, honoring the June 8th birthday of composer Robert Schumann, whose music is frequently heard ’round Francis Auditorium in the summertime. First, from the 2015 Festival of Concerts, violinist Sin Ying (Angela) Chan, joined by pianist Beilin Han, introduces and then performs the first movement (Mit Leidenschaftlichem Ausdruck – “With passionate expression” ) of Schumann’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in A minor, Op. 105.
Last August, Angela was back in town to form a fabulous foursome of all-star alums to play more Schumann, as our Mary Baldwin College home formally became Mary Baldwin University. As hundreds of dignitaries and alums looked on, our Heifetrz quartet of Angela, violinist Eric Silberger, violist Andrew Gonzalez, and cellist Clare Bradford played a Schumann piece composed in 1842, the same year MBU was founded: the Scherzo from hia String Quartet No. 1.
Another great Schumann piece from 1842 will be the centerpiece of an upcoming Celebrity Series “Happy Hour” concert this summer. Join us on Friday, June 7th for a concert called “Forward and Backward: 1842, 1942 & A Gypsy Romance.”
The concert features two landmark works premiered exactly a century apart, including Schumann’s Op. 44 Piano Quintet – an unprecedented pairing of piano with string quartet that resulted in a piece called “fresh, buoyant and inventive.”
And we’ll have quite a buoyant band to play it – including faculty artists Ilya Kaler, violin, Paul Neubauer, viola, Antonio Lysy, cello, and pianist Stefan Petrov, along with incoming 2017 student Youjin Lee.