Boston University School of Music Presents Schumann Festival

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(Boston) — The Boston University School of Music presents “Crossing Paths: Revisiting Schumann in History and Performance,” March 18 through April 12, 2006, in venues across the Boston University campus. The School of Music honors and recognizes the 150-year anniversary of the death of Robert Schumann with a festival of concerts and lectures probing Schumann’s creative world, his compositional process, and the influences on and by this most personal composer.

Familiar and rarely-heard works will be performed by School of Music faculty members, including Professor Maria Clodes; the Muir String Quartet, in residence at Boston University; distinguished guest pianist Ian Hobson; and the Boston University Chamber Chorus and Women’s Chorale. Festival lecturers include William Kinderman of the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana; and Deborah Stein of New England Conservatory. All festival events are free and open to the public.


Saturday, March 18, 8:00pm
CFA Concert Hall
Boston University Chamber Chorus and Women’s Chorale
Joseph Flummerfelt, conductor
Spanisches Liederspiel and Liebeslieder
Performance of Lied by faculty and students

Monday, March 20, 8:00pm
Tsai Performance Center

Yuri Mazurkevich, violin
Michael Reynolds, cello
Maria Clodes, piano
Robert Merfeld, piano
Violin Sonata No. 1
Phantasiestucke, Op. 73
Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 140

Monday, March 27, 8:00pm
Tsai Performance Center
Penelope Bitzas, mezzo-soprano
James Demler, baritone
Yuri Mazurkevich, violin
Shiela Kibbe, piano
Maria Clodes, piano
Various Lieder
Violin Sonata No. 2

Monday, April 3, Noon
Marsh Chapel
Peter Sykes, organ
Pedal piano pieces, Op. 56 and Op. 58
Fugues on B-A-C-H, Op. 60

Monday, April 3, 6:00pm
CFA Marshall Room
John Daverio and Robert Schumann:The Magic of the Musical Fragment
Deborah Stein, New England Conservatory

Monday, April 3, 8:00pm
Tsai Performance Center
Eric Ruske, horn
Ji-Eun Kim, piano
Sunah Lee, piano
Nathan Bello, piano
Yuri Mazurkevich, violin
Michelle LaCourse, viola
Michael Reynolds, cello
Maria Clodes, piano
Pictures from the East
Andante and Variations for 2 pianos, 2 cellos and horn, Op. 46
Piano Quartet in Eb Major, Op. 47

Tuesday, April 4, 7:30pm
CFA Room 216
Music Education Seminar
The Dreams and Realities of Childhood in Schumann’s Music:
What Every Music Educator Should Know

David Morochnik, Boston University

Thursday, April 6, 8:00pm
Tsai Performance Center
Guest Artist Recital
Ian Hobson, piano
Phantasiestucke, Op. 111
Carnaval, Op. 9
Sonata in G minor, Op. 22

Friday, April 7, 8:00pm
CFA Concert Hall
The Muir String Quartet

In residence at Boston University
Ian Hobson, piano
Clara Schumann Romances, Op. 11
Piano Quintet, Op. 44
Piano Trio No. 2 in F. Major, Op. 80

Monday, April 10, 8:00pm
Tsai Performance Center

Michelle LaCourse, violin
Ian Greitzer, clarinet
Maria Clodes, piano
Marchenerzahlungen for clarinet, viola and piano, Op. 132
Marchenerzahlungen for viola and piano, Op. 113
Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17

Wednesday, April 12, 6:00pm
CFA Concert Hall
Musicology Lecture Recital

Beethoven, Schumann, and the Distant Beloved
William Kinderman, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana

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The Boston University College of Fine Arts is a conservatory-style school within a major research university, offering professional training in Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts along with a liberal arts curriculum to graduate and undergraduate students. Education at the College of Fine Arts begins at Boston University and extends into the city of Boston, a center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.

The School of Music, founded in 1873, combines the intimacy and intensity of conservatory training with a broadly based, traditional liberal arts education. The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in performance, composition and theory, musicology, music education, collaborative piano, historical performance, as well as a certificate program in the Opera Institute, and artist and performance diplomas. While the emphasis is strongly on music, the school enriches its programs with a range of electives, made available through the other schools and colleges within Boston University. Alumni and faculty are employed in universities, schools, major symphony orchestras, opera companies, prestigious ensembles, and teaching positions throughout the world. Distinguished faculty members include opera singer Phyllis Curtin, bass baritone Simon Estes, composer Lukas Foss, French horn player Eric Ruske, and violinist Roman Totenberg. Notable alumni include H.C. Robbins Landon, noted Haydn scholar; Fred Bronstein, president of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra; opera singer Dominique LaBelle; and Ikuko Mizuno-Spire, violinist with the Boston Symphony Orchestra.


College of Fine Arts (CFA)
Concert Hall
Marshall Room

855 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Marsh Chapel
735 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston

Tsai Performance Center
685 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston
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