(Photo courtesy of FLCMF photographer, Howard LeVant)
The concert, titled “Piano & Strings in the Chapel,” begins at 7:30 p.m. in Norton Chapel.
Led by Manhattan Chamber Orchestra Artistic Director Richard Auldon Clark, the performance will include Grieg’s To Spring, Debussy’s String Quartet in G Minor Op. 10, and Schumann’s Piano Quintet, Op. 44.
Known as Norway’s greatest composer, Edvard Grieg began piano studies with his mother at the age of six. From 1858-62 he studied music in Leipzig Conservatory, and settled in Christiania (Oslo) and established himself as a music teacher and concert performer. At the same time, Grieg became the founder of a concert society “Eutherpe” with a choir and a symphony orchestra. His collection of “Lyrical Pieces” for piano gave him a fine reputation among musicians.
Claude Debussy, a French composer, was among the most influential composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He originally studied the piano, but found his vocation in innovative composition. He developed a strongly individual style, and went against the methods of classical composing by using uncommon arrangements that created a new language of sound.
Robert Schumann was a German composer, and began piano lessons at seven. Despite incessant practice, he never became the virtuoso pianist he hoped to be. Gradually, he became active as a critic, for which he was, during his lifetime, as well-known as he was for his music. Simultaneously, he developed into quite a capable composer.
Tickets for the performance are $25 for adults, and free for students. Tickets may be ordered online or at the door.