Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2019-2020

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6, 2019 at 8:00 PM

Clara Schumann

Anne-Marie McDermott & Susanna Phillips

Coolidge Auditorium

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Anne-Marie McDermott, piano | Kerry McDermott, violin
Maureen McDermott
, cello | Susanna Phillips, soprano

Clara Schumann was an extraordinary pianist, composer, editor and advocate for the music she loved. We celebrate her 200th anniversary with a program that focuses on her own compositions; represented are some of the most famous, like the Romances and the piano trio, as well as lesser-known gems like the piano scherzi and her affecting Lieder. While her husband Robert is referenced thematically in her haunting variation set, Clara had her own distinctive voice that rings clear in this homage to one of the 19th-century’s most significant musicians.

Related Events for Clara Schumann at 200:

  • Thursday, December 5, 7pm
    FILM: Schumann: Twin Spirits (Pickford Theater)
  • Saturday, December 7, 11am
    #DECLASSIFIED: “Clara Schumann in the Library’s Collection” (Whittall Pavilion)


Three Romances, op. 21
Variations on a theme by Robert Schumann, op. 20
Soirées musicales, op. 6, selections: Toccatina and Nocturne
Scherzo no. 1 in D minor, op. 10
Scherzo no. 2 in C minor, op. 14
Three Romances for violin and piano, op. 22
Selected Lieder from opp. 12, 13, 23 and WoO
Piano Trio in G minor, op. 17

PRE-CONCERT LECTURE “An Introduction to the Music of Clara Schumann” with David Plylar, Music Division
6:30 pm – Whittall Pavilion

POST-CONCERT CONVERSATION with the Artists on Stage