Sixty-seven students from seventeen studios participated in the Schumann Focus Festival auditions which took place on March 6 and 7 in Bryan Library. The audition judges Ed Kane and Lesley Chapman listened to seventy-two pieces of music written by Robert (and Clara) Schumann. Solo piano music greatly prevailed although there were several pieces performed by ensembles (piano duet; piano and oboe; violin, cello, and piano). Music from Album for the Young alternated with pieces from Scenes from Childhood and more advanced and very well known Schumann’s masterpieces. Auditioning students’ ages varied from young elementary school kids to high school students.
Two days of auditions resulted in passing fifty-six students to the final Schumann Recital. Along with student performers there will be several guest artists at the final event of the Schumann Focus Festival - pianists Ed Kane and Alex Hlavinka, tenor Chris Hoffman, and AMCHS Wind Quintet. Schumann Recital will be held on Saturday, March 27, in First Presbyterian Church in Bryan, at 3:00 p.m. Round Table of the Schumann Forum will follow the Recital along with Art and Research Projects Show.
All Schumann Focus Festival events are open to the public and free.