Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Stars on the Stage: Clara Wieck Schumann

Clara Wieck Schumann (1819–1896) was the daughter of Friedrich Wieck who may have been instrumental in his daughter’s success, encouraging her as a virtuosic pianist from an early age. Her first public performance was at the age of nine and she was recognized as a leading pianist in Europe by the age of twenty. Unlike many performers at the time, Clara focused more on being true to the composer’s work rather than simply giving a showy performance. Touring throughout Europe as a child prodigy, Clara had many admirers including Goethe, Mendelssohn, Chopin, Paganini, and her future husband, Robert Schumann. 

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Robert Schumann met Clara when he began taking piano lessons from her father. Early on, she was actually the better known of the two! They were eventually married despite objections from Clara’s father. Amazingly, the talented Clara was able to continue to perform and compose while managing her eight children. After Robert passed away, she quit composing and focused on teaching and performing, promoting her late husband’s work.

Next time we’ll look at one of Clara’s own compositions that she likely performed publicly

Friday, November 27, 2015

The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours

Looking for a great gift for that classical music-loving friend or relative? You need not look any longer. Deutsche Grammophon just released The History of Classical Music in 24 Hours. This 24-disc set (yes, 24!) walks avid music lovers through the history of classical music from the Middle Ages to the 21st century, providing top-notch performances and online liner notes to accompany the listening experience. If you enjoy learning the history of music on Clef Notes, then this is the perfect CD set for you! For more information, check out this link or stay tuned as we may just be offering this great set in an upcoming fund drive!

Courtesy of deutschegrammophon.com

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving from 90.9!

90.9 WGUC offers you a variety of special programming this week that will provide the perfect backdrop to your Thanksgiving holiday. Here’s a schedule of what you can expect:

Wednesday, November 25, 6:00 PM
Thanksgiving with Cantus: Cantus is one of the premiere men’s vocal ensembles, and with Alison Young, they talk about the holiday, music and food.

Thursday, November 26, 10:00 AM
Feast for the Ears: Traditional music and American composers take center stage as host Mark Perzel presents a warm, heartfelt celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday. It’s the perfect accompaniment for your Thanksgiving morning activities.

Thursday, November 26, 6:00 PM
Giving Thanks 2015: With music and stories for Thanksgiving, host John Birge creates a thoughtful, contemporary reflection on the meaning of the holiday.

Remember, no matter where you’ll be for Thanksgiving, you can always enjoy these beautiful specials. Listen on-air at 90.9 WGUC, streaming on our website, or download our free mobile app to your smart phone or tablet so you never miss a note!

From all of your friends at 90.9, have a wonderful Thanksgiving!