Pleasanton's Firehouse Arts Center will host a Schumann Festival on Saturday, November 20, 2010 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. Five musical events celebrating the fanciful genius of romantic composer Robert Schumann will take place at the new facility at 4444 Railroad Avenue in downtown Pleasanton.
In a letter to his mother from Leipzig, Germany on August 9, 1832, Schumann said, "Music is to me the perfect expression of the soul, while to some it is a mere intoxication of the sense of hearing, and to others an arithmetical problem..." The Festival in his honor will be comprised of five short programs, which may be attended separately or as part of a discounted complete event package. Each event will be approximately one hour in length with a dinner break.
Individuals can sign up for separate events or, at a discount, for the whole afternoon. The day's events include
• 3 p.m. A lecture with slides by Rob Lappa, Choir Director at Las Positas College, Livermore.
• 2:45 p.m. the Young Artist Recital presenting young local pianists chosen by audition.
They will perform such Schumann works as Arabeske, Grillen, Knecht Ruprecht, Intermezzo, Aufschwung and others. Performing will be Fiona Thendean, Robert Nguyen, Andrew Yeung, Vivian Sung, Dana Zhu, Grace Lu, Elizabeth Wellendorf, Alisa Palma, Caitlin Chen, Louisa Sharp, Jane Wu and Maryann Gong.
• 4 p.m. chamber music performance of the Fairy Tales, op. 132, and the Piano Quartet, op. 47, with local musicians Joseph Bonfiglio, clarinet, Cecilia Huang, violin, Betsy London, viola, Gay Dunn, cello and Priscilla Carter Granger and Danielle Naler, piano.
• 5 p.m. the fun and spirited Song Cycle Spanisches Liederspiel op. 74, with soprano Sarah Franklin, mezzo Lisa Scarborough, tenor Keith Perry and baritone Steve Rogino (the last three are soloists with the San Francisco Chorus), accompanied by pianist Danielle Naler.
• 5:45 to 6:45 pm: arrangements have been made with nearby restaurants Amarone, Blue Agave and Senro Sushi to provide discounted specials for a
quick dinner to festival
goers. Reservations are a must.
• 7 p.m. Pleasanton pianist Tamriko Siprashvili, winner of the Gold Medal at the Schumann International Competition in Zwickau, Germany, performing Childhood Scenes, op. 15, and the Piano Quintet op. 44, with friends Neysis Rangel, Victor Lin, Helene Grotans and Pawel Walerowsky, who perform as the Vibo Quartet.
Ticket prices range from $12 for a single event to $20, $26 and $32 for the whole festival. The opening lecture is free of charge.
For more information and tickets, please go to http://www.firehousearts.org">www.firehousearts.org
For phone orders, please call (925) 931-4848
Box Office hours are Wednesday-Friday, 12 noon-6:00 p.m., Saturday 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., and for two hours prior to the performance.
The entrance to the free Firehouse Arts Center parking lot is on Spring Street, near First Street.