Foundation Concert celebrates Schumann

Foundation concert flyer

King's is holding a concert on 13 March to celebrate the anniversary of the foundation of the College and the 200th anniversary of Schumann's birth. The concert includes two of Schumann's works:

Piano Concerto op. 54
Scenes from Goethe’s Faust [Part III]

Francis Grier piano
Paul Smy tenor
Richard Latham baritone
Nick Morris bass baritone
Will Gaunt bass

Ladies of Clare College Choir and King's Voices
King's Choral Scholars and past members of King's College Choir
Stephen Cleobury conductor

The Piano Concerto is the only one Schumann completed. In 1841 he wrote a fantasy for piano and orchestra and his wife Clara persuaded him to expand it into a full concerto. Clara herself was the soloist in the first public performance in 1846, and the concerto has remained a favourite with concert-goers ever since.

Schumann's Szenen aus Goethes Faust is seen as one of his greatest works, but it is rarely played in the concert halls. Schumann selected seven scenes from Part Two of Faust and arranged them into three parts. Part III sets the magnificent closing scene of the whole drama. In 'Faust's Transfiguration', as Schumann called it, Faust's soul is borne aloft toward the Virgin Mary after the intercessions of his former lover Gretchen. The piece contains some of Schumann's finest choral writing.

The concert starts at 5.30pm in King’s College Chapel. Tickets £30, £22, £15 (£5 for student standbys), available from the Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851). For more concerts in this series see Concerts at King's.

The concert marks the 569th anniversary of the laying of the College's foundation stone. The stone was laid by Henry VI in 1441.

15 February 2010