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Schumann Bicentennial Festival-Conference

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October 19-22, 2010
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann's birth, The University of Maryland School of Music invites you to attend the Schumann Festival and Conference, Tuesday October 19-Friday October 22, 2010, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, with "prelude" events on Saturday, October 16 and Monday, October 18. In all, 25 events will take place and nearly all are free, with no registration required!

Invited guests will include eminent pianist-scholar Charles Rosen, who will perform solo piano works and accompany acclaimed German tenor Christoph Genz in a performance of Schumann's popular song cycle Dichterliebe, and distinguished scholars Peter Beicken (University of Maryland), Jon W. Finson (UNC, Chapel Hill), Claudia Macdonald (Oberlin College), Bonnie Miller (Independent), Leon Plantinga (Yale University), Nancy B. Reich (Independent), Charles Timbrell (Howard University), and Eric Zakim (University of Maryland). Film historian John C. Tibbetts (University of Kansas) and Donald Manildi (International Piano Archives at Maryland), and a large number of faculty and students from the University of Maryland School of Music will participate as well.

To conclude the festivities, prominent British conductor Paul Goodwin will lead the UM Symphony Orchestra and UM Concert Choir in a performance of Schumann's rarely programmed oratorio Das Paradies und die Peri, one of the composer's most popular works during his lifetime.

Rare and unique historical documents related to Schumann from the International Piano Archives and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library's Special Collections are also being exhibited.

You can sample the Schumann Festival here. View our complete schedule of events.

Frank Latino