February 10, 2019

8:30-9:20 am: Clara Schumann: 21st Century Woman (in the 19th Century!) With Brad Conner. A woman to striving for a professional career in the 19th c. would usually have to assume a male persona to be successful. Yet, Clara Schumann broke the rules by retaining her female identity, and becoming an independent artist almost equal to the reputation of the greatest of all pianists, Franz Liszt. Clara Schumann negotiated the challenges of raising a family as well as caring for and supporting her also-famous husband, composer and writer, Robert Schumann. A strong advocate for her spouse’s music, she supervised the posthumous publication of the definitive edition of his compositions in conjunction with her close friend Johannes Brahms. Come and hear the story of this amazing artist who overcame all the barriers to become one of greatest pianists of all time, whose influence still lingers to the present day.

This lyceum goes from 8:30 to 9:20 to accommodate the choir.