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Schumann at 200
May 25 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm£7 - £15
Schumann, R.: Manfred Overture
Schumann, C.: Piano Concerto, Op. 7
Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey, conductor
Carson Becke, piano
Tickets £15 (adult) / £10 (Conc) / £7 (student) available in advance or on the door
Clara Schumann (neé Wieck) (1819-1896) was a musical force of nature and a child prodigy. At the age of 13 (1832) she began composing her first piano concerto, which, rather than being derivative like many pieces of juvenilia, is a unique and bold artistic statement. The three-movement concerto took its final form by 1834 and was premiered at the Leipzig Gewandhaus in 1835 with herself at the piano and Felix Mendelssohn conducting. Despite the excellent quality of the work and her international reputation as a performer, like many works written by female composers in the 19th century, it has seldom been performed after her death. In her bicentennial year, the Oxford University Orchestra will undertake a rare performance of this concerto under the direction of conductor Cayenna Ponchione-Bailey with pianist Carson Becke.
This project is sponsored in part by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities and the Faculty of Music.