Passion. Heartbreak. Hope.
Experience the captivating, remarkable story of the groundbreaking and multi-faceted artist Clara Schumann in a staged journey through her life and relationships with Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms.
Clara Schumann was many things to many people: child prodigy, celebrity concert pianist, willful daughter, loving wife and mother, caretaker, intimate confidant, serious composer. Loving Clara Schumann explores Clara's complex life and relationships in a musical tapestry woven of instrumental and vocal compositions by Clara, Robert and Brahms.
A multi-disciplinary program, Clara is represented by three separate female performers: a pianist, a singer and a dancer; while the men are represented by two male performers: a singer and a dancer. The work also features orchestra and video installation.
Throughout we seek to understand the personal forces that shaped, confined and ultimately honed one of the most luminous musical personalities of the Romantic era.
Antoine Plante, Conductor and co-creator
with Mercury Chamber Orchestra
Tara Faircloth, Director and co-creator
Marlana Walsh Doyle, Choreography
Macy Lyne, Costume Design
Christina Giannelli, Lighting Design
Ben Doyle and Tara Faircloth, Motion Graphic Design
Rachel Chao, Piano
Megan Samarin, Mezzo-Soprano
Lee Gregory, Baritone
Genene McGrath, Dancer
Dwain Travis, Dancer
Clara Wieck Schumann
Works including Warum willst du and’re fragen, Ich stand in dunklen Träumen, Liebst du um Schönheit
Works including selections from Liederkreis, Frauen-Liebe und Leben and his String Quartets
Works including Wir wandelten, Intermezzo Op. 118, No. 2 and Capriccio Op. 76, No. 1
...and more, arranged for string orchestra.