School of Music Kicks Off Chopin and Schumann Bicentennial Concert Series
The Mary Pappert School of Music kicks off a three-concert bicentennial celebration
of romantic favorites and rarely performed gems by composers Frederic Chopin and
Robert Schumann this week.
The series, Bicentennials on the Bluff, showcases chamber works and piano music by
the giants of the Romantic movement and two of the world's most beloved composers
on the 200th anniversary of the year of their births.
Performers in the series include David Allen Wehr, the Jack W. Geltz Distinguished
Piano Chair and artistic director for the series, and guest artists, including faculty
colleagues and members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
The opening concert of the series, Group Dynamics, will be performed this Sunday,
Sept. 19, at 3 p.m. in PNC Recital Hall. It is an all-Schumann chamber music program
and one that, according to Wehr, “explores the imaginative and joyful way Schumann
approaches chamber ensembles.”
Group Dynamics will feature Piano Quintet, the first masterpiece written for the
combination of piano and string quartet, along with the composer’s Piano Quartet. Also
on the program are works for clarinet and piano and French horn and piano, repertory
staples heard here using Schumann’s original instrumentation. A 2:15 p.m. pre-concert
event, Chopin and Schumann: Mirror Images, will feature a multimedia presentation by
Dr. Benjamin Binder, assistant professor of musicianship at Duquesne, who will address
the striking similarities and surprising differences between these two pianist-composers.
A $10 donation is suggested for the event.
Other concerts in the Bicentennials on the Bluff series include Fantasy: Solo Piano
Recital on Sunday, Oct. 24, and Hidden Treasures on Sunday, Nov. 7. All performances
take place at 3 p.m. in the PNC Recital Hall. Pre-concert events start at 2:15 p.m. A $10
donation is suggested for each concert.
For complete program details, visit www.duq.edu/bicentennials or call 412.396.6083.
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