Leipzig 1843: An Evening with the Schumanns

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 • 7:30 pm
  • Pillsbury Theatre, 560 Music Center

October 20, 2016 – 7:30pm
Pillsbury Theatre, 560 Music Center

Perseid String Quartet with Diana Umali, Piano, and Alexander Stefaniak, Guest Speaker

The Perseid String Quartet recreates a joint concert that Robert and Clara Schumann gave in Leipzig on January 8, 1843. Alexander Stefaniak, Assistant Professor of Musicology, will speak about the Schumann partnership, an intricate collaboration between a prominent composer-critic and one of the most significant virtuoso pianists of the nineteenth-century. His talk will draw upon his recent book,Schumann’s Virtuosity: Criticism, Composition, and Performance in Nineteenth-Century Germany.


Tickets only available online and at the door.

$15 – General Admisison
$12 – WU Faculty/Staff Seniors
$5 – Youth and Students (non Wash U)
FREE – WUSTL students

String Quartet in a minor, Op. 41 No. 1 (1842)         Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Zwei Lieder (Two Songs) arr., Eliana Haig               Clara Schumann (1819-1896)
Liebeszauber (Love’s Magic), Op. 13 No. 3 (1842)
Warum will’st du Andere fragen (Why must you question others?), Op. 12 No. 11 (1841)

Piano Quintet in E-flat Major, Op. 44 (1842)            Robert Schumann (1810-1856)

Formed in 2013, The Perseid String Quartet is an ensemble of professional musicians based in St. Louis. We regularly present concerts in both traditional and non-traditional venues. Our mission is to perform great works for string quartet to the highest possible artistic standards, and to create accessible and enjoyable concert experiences in our community. Our members hold degrees from the nation’s most top music conservatories, and our collective experience includes performing in regional orchestras, teaching at colleges and community music schools, and playing in a rock band.  We love sharing our passion for the string quartet repertoire with others and seek to invigorate the St. Louis music scene with energetic, interactive performances.

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