Three Romances for Oboe and Piano, Op. 22 by Clara Schumann
Lush and affectionate, the genius of composer Clara Schumann shines through
Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano, Op. 86 by Nikolai Kapustin
A jazzy trio of kaleidoscopic colors and dazzling energy
Serenade No. 1 in D Major, Op. 11 by Johannes Brahms
The original nonet version of one of Brahms’ most sunny and tuneful pieces
Clara Wieck Schumann was the first true female star musician in Europe. She gained fame as a touring pianist while still a child, and continued to perform throughout her life, supporting the family through her husband’s (Robert Schumann) health troubles, raising eight children, and through 40 years of widowhood. She was considered one of the finest musicians ever on the stage, popularized Schumann’s and Brahms’ music and somehow, through all that, found time to compose her own beautiful pieces as well.
Nikolai Kapustin, a composer and pianist in Moscow, first heard jazz on Voice of America broadcasts in the 1950s. Kapustin’s music was barely known in the West until after the collapse of the Soviet Union, when his jazz-infused piano works exploded on the scene thanks to several pianists who performed and recorded them.
Directions and Parking
Sundin Music Hall is located at 1531 Hewitt Avenue on the campus of Hamline University in Saint Paul. Free parking is available one half-block east and NiceRide bikes are available nearby. The Hamline campus is a stop on the new A Line rapid bus route, and is located just blocks north of the Metro Transit Green Line. The hall features curbless entry feet from the door and is accessible for all who wish to hear our music.