Clara Schumann ((1819-1896)
Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17
Scherzo and Trio
Jennifer Higdon (b. 1962)
Carolyn Canfield, violin Page Smith, cello Judith Widrig, piano
Louise Farrenc (1804-1875)
Nonet in Eb Major, Op. 38
Andante con variaziona
( 31 minutes)
Lisa McCarthy, flute Jennifer Weeks, oboe Erika Block, clarinet Pat Nelson, bassoon Gustavo Camacho, horn ShuHsin Ko, violin Lisa Humphrey, viola Eileen Brownell, cello Spencer Hoveskeland, bass
Usher in the Spring with joyous and celebratory music by some of the greatest women composers in history. Many people know Clara Schumann as the wife of Romantic composer Robert Schumann, and as celebrated concert pianist, but few know the extent of her composing prowess. Her Piano Trio, one of her more celebrated works, was her first attempt at writing for instruments other than piano and voice. This masterpiece will be paired with contemporary composer Jennifer Higdon’s Piano Trio which explores the relationship between sound and color and the potential for these to convey emotions. .
The concert concludes with Nonet for winds and strings by Louise Farrenc. Written in 1850, this piece was praised by critics and audiences alike. As a gifted pianist and composer Louise entered the composition class of Anton Reicha at the Paris Conservatory in 1819. This was very unusual at the time for a woman and she continued trial blazing in 1830 when she was hired as a permanent piano instructor at the Conservatory. She remained the only woman hired at that institution during the 19th century and fought for equal pay with her male counterparts.
Come and enjoy the music of these pioneering women! The BCMS Signature cocktail will be the Radificationtini.