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"The Love and Life of Robert and Clara Schumann" featured in upcoming Coe recital

Rod Pritchard, Director of Marketing and Public Relations
(319) 399-8605 or rpritcha@coe.edu

2011-02-01 15:42:43 - General

"The Love and Life of Robert and Clara Schumann" will be presented by Peter and Kathleen Van De Graaff on Saturday, Feb. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Daehler-Kitchin Auditorium of Marquis Hall on the Coe College campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

The courtship and marriage of Robert and Clara Schumann is one of the most beautiful and ultimately one of the most tragic stories in music history. The trials they endured going into marriage, the joys and difficulties of their life together, and ultimately his mental breakdown and death, combine to tell one of the Romantic era's great sagas.

At Coe, the Van De Graaffs will present a dramatization of the Schumanns' lives in a newly written, costumed presentation that covers their courtship, their love, their life together and their beautiful music. The concert will include the complete song cycle, "Liebesfrühling," as well as many of the songs from the "Myrthenlieder" which was written by Robert Schumann for their wedding. The Van De Graaffs will be accompanied by Marita Wolgast.

Peter and Kathleen Van De Graaff have performed together and/or separately throughout the country and the world, including concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Opera Theater, Music of the Baroque, Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Israeli Chamber Orchestra, the Budapest Concert Orchestra, and the Czech National Symphony. The Van De Graaffs have gained notoriety as specialists in the performance of 18th century chamber operas called "intermezzi," presenting the modern premieres of many works from this genre.

In addition, Peter is the host of the Beethoven Satellite Network, which is a nationally syndicated classical radio show and an opera program on WFMT-FM radio in Chicago. Along with performance, Kathleen presents vocal workshops and serves as a voice teacher at Lake Forest College.