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UMD Symphony Orchestra: Schumann's Cello Concerto

Friday, October 11, 2013
Dekelboum Concert Hall

Music Director James Ross
Cello Evelyn Elsing

Photograph of a violinFaculty 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 Library:

Robert Schumann - Cello Concerto, Op. 129

  • Recordings
  • Scores
  • Books: 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

  • Recordings
  • Books
  • Film: 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 Evelyn Elsing and James 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)

Professor Evelyn 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.