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Love Story: Clara Schumann & Johannes Brahms

  • Metropolitan United Church 468 Wellington Street London, ON, N6A 3P8 Canada (map)

With conductor Eric Paetkau, and special guests, pianist Stéphan Sylvestre
and actors
Marion Adler & Scott Wentworth

Love and intrigue are in the air at London Symphonia’s season-opener. Join us for a musical and theatrical exploration of the relationship between composer Johannes Brahms (1833 – 1897) and the virtuosic pianist Clara Schumann (1819-1896), wife of Robert Schumann (1810 – 1856).

Were Clara and Johannes friends, or lovers? We may never know. But they undoubtedly shared a special bond and a rich correspondence.

Their love story is told through letters, read by Actors Marion Adler and Scott Wentworth. Pianist Stéphan Sylvestre performs piano variations by both while conductor Eric Paetkau leads London Symphonia in a performance of Brahms’ magnificent Symphony No. 3.

Movements from:
Bunte Blätter Op. 99. by Robert Schumann
Variation on a Theme by Robert Schumann Op. 20, by Clara Schumann
Variations on a Theme by Schumann Op. 9 for solo piano, by Johannes Brahms
Haydn Variations, by Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 3, by Johannes Brahms (complete)

Program Notes by Jeffrey Wall

LOVE STORY explores the relationship between Johannes Brahms and Clara Schumann. Telling this love story are actors Marion Adler and Scott Wentworth, who will read a selection of letters between Johannes and Clara.

More Info
Doors open at 6:30 pm
There will be a 20 minute intermission during this program
Parking near Metropolitan United Church


Earlier Event: September 27
Culture Days Open Rehearsal