UMD Symphony Orchestra: Schumann's Cello Concerto
Friday, October 11, 2013
Dekelboum Concert Hall
artist Evelyn Elsing joins the UMD Symphony Orchestra for their season opener to
celebrate her final year with the UMD School of Music. Ms. Elsing will be
performing Schumann’s Cello Concerto, a long and enthusiastically awaited
collaboration for Elsing and music director James Ross. Ross says, “I can
imagine no richer way to celebrate Evy’s decades of fabulous teaching and
musicianship at Maryland than with this introspective masterpiece! ” The beloved
Ms. Elsing will be retiring from the School of Music faculty in 2014.
Learn more about Robert Schumann's Cello Concerto and the other pieces
and composers featured on this program in UMD's Michelle Smith Performing Arts
Robert Schumann - Cello Concerto, Op. 129
This list includes critical commentary on Schumann's concerto for cello as well
as accounts of the composer's life, Schumann's own autobiography, and The
Letters of Robert Schumann — Selected and edited by Dr. Karl Storck,
translated by Hannah Bryant (call number: ML410.S4 A37.) A compilation of Robert
Schumann’s correspondence published in 1907, The Letters of Robert
Schumann provides insight to the composer’s life through his own words.
This collection includes notes to Schumann’s mother as he transitioned from life
as a law student to that of an aspiring piano virtuoso, to his teacher Friedrich
Wieck in the midst of the upheaval caused by Schumann’s hand injury and to
Wieck’s daughter Clara as she and Robert struggled with her father’s disapproval
of their romance. A short biographical sketch of the composer provides context
for Schumann’s poetic and passionate words.
Hector Berlioz - Corsair Overture, Op. 21
Richard Wagner - Excerpts from Tristan und Isolde
Did know that MSPAL has a circulating DVD collection? Check out many of our
titles for up to 7 days, including a performance of Wagner's Tristan!
Call number MDVD 353 features a performance of this timeless classic by the
Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Chorus conducted by James Levine, with Canadian
tenor Ben Heppner and English soprano Jane Eaglen in the title roles.
Esa-Pekka Salonen - Foreign Bodies
Don't miss these
recordings featuring faculty artists
Ross! Some highlights include:
Time Variations — Mark Edwards
Wilson, located in the MSPAL Paged Collections room (ask
for call number MCD 11937 at the circulation desk)
Alchemy: American Works for Oboe and English Horn — Mark Hill
(call number MCD 10438)
Elsing’s recording resume includes several collaborations with fellow University
of Maryland School of Music faculty members, including professor of oboe studies
Mark Hill and music theory and composition faculty member Mark E. Wilson.
Professor Elsing’s versatility as a cellist is showcased in her work with the
Left Bank Quartet (Time Variations) and in several works for string
quintet (Alchemy.) Don’t miss these and other recordings by Evelyn
Elsing held by the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.