Cornell University

"Performing Clara Schumann": CU Music

Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9:45am to 10:00pm

More dates through November 17, 2019

Barnes Hall, Auditorium
129 Ho Plaza Cornell University: Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

To celebrate the bicentennial of Clara Schumann (neé Wieck)’s birth, the conference “Performing Clara Schumann: Keyboard Legacies and Feminine Identities in the Long Romantic Tradition”, November 16-17, 2019, will present a myriad of interpretive frameworks for understanding the historical, cultural, and technological milieu surrounding the virtuosa’s life and work. Conference events, ranging from individual paper presentations, to lecture recitals, to hands-on workshops, are particularly invested in reconfiguring the feminist outlook surrounding the various (keyboard) networks of Clara Schumann’s world and those inspired by her in subsequent times. In addition, this event seek not only to celebrate the composer’s historic achievements, but also to rethink her profound imprint on Romantic, post- (and ultra-) “Romantic” art culture.

Among invited guests is keynote speaker Natasha Loges (Royal College of Music), Julie Pedneault-Deslauriers (University of Ottawa), Styra Avins, David Kim (Whitman College), and R Larry Todd (Duke). Saturday conference events will be held in Barnes Hall, culminating in a concert at 8 pm which features performances from pianist David Keep (Eastman) and violinist Soo-Yeon Kim, pianists Junghwa Lee, Theodora Serbanescu-Martin, and Richard Valitutto, as well as other students and faculty from the Cornell Music Department. Most of the Sunday events, including an improvisation workshop led by Professor Roger Moseley, will be held at 726 University Ave, the hub of Cornell’s new Center for Historical Keyboards.

This event is jointly sponsored by the Cornell Council for the Arts, the Cornell Center for Historical Keyboards, and the Institute for German Cultural Studies (IGCS).



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Department of Music, Cornell Council for the Arts, Institute for German Cultural Studies



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Laurel Gilmer

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