Thursday, October 28, 2010

Raymond Harvey Leads Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra in 'The World Of... Robert Schumann' Nov. 14

[Raymond Harvey, D.M.A., Music Director and Conductor, Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra]

Raymond Harvey,, is Music Director and Conductor of the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and graduated from the Yale School of Music with a Doctor of Musical Arts degree.

The World Of... Robert Schumann
Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra
Sunday, November 14, 2010 at 3pm
Light Fine Arts Center
The KSO musicians, directed by Raymond Harvey, lead you through works from Robert Schumann, one of the most famous and Romantic composers of the 19th century.

Symphony No. 2, Op. 61 (excerpts)
Overture, Scherzo, and Finale
Hermann und Dorothea Overture
Cello Concerto, Op. 129 (excerpts)

“Robert and Clara's marriage in 1840 led to the most creative period of the composer's life. Until his marriage Schumann had only published music for the piano and a few vocal pieces. After 1840 his output expanded to include music for chamber groups and orchestra. This development is generally credited to Clara's influence. The couple worked from a base in Leipzig for four years and then moved to Dresden. These early years of marriage were a creative high point for Schumann. He wrote the Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Opus 52, in 1841 right after the premiere of his "Spring" Symphony, the Symphony No. 1 in B-flat. Schumann's Opus 52 is almost a symphony and not quite an orchestral suite. It is a bright piece in three movements that is reminiscent of Beethoven at his most playful.” © 2010 Klayton Woodworth and Karen M. Woodworth

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