MusicaNova Orchestra presents a concert celebrating the legacy of composer Robert Schumann on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. at the Musical Instrument Museum, 4725 E. Mayo Blvd.
Tickets for “The Schumann Legacy” are $33.50 and $38.50 and are available at mim.org.
German composer Robert Schumann, who lived 1810–56, was tortured through most of his life by mental illness, yet created some of the world’s most treasured masterpieces, a press release stated.
MusicaNova will perform three of Schumann’s works, including “Overture, Scherzo and Finale, Op.52.” Maestro Warren Cohen will conduct “Konzertstucke” from the piano. And former MNO concertmaster Christiano Rodrigues will solo on “Violin Concerto,” which was hidden away for nearly a century after the composer’s death.
Rodrigues served as MusicaNova’s concertmaster from 2017–20, bringing his extraordinary level of virtuosity to all performances, according to the release. He has performed on stages around the world, including with the Dubrovnik Symphony in Croatia, the International Chamber Orchestra of Puerto Rico and the Orquestra de Sinfônica de Paraiba in Brazil.
A firm advocate of diversity, equity and inclusion within the arts, he devotes a significant amount of time to support music education of children and developing young artists from underserved communities.
Also featured in the concert will be the premiere of 30-year-old composer Jessica T. Carter’s newest piece. A native of Indiana, Carter is making a name for herself as a young composer. A member of the Society of Composers since 2017 and described as “evocative and lyrical” by Aspire Magazine, Carter’s goal as a composer is to exude the message of hope and freedom to all, but specifically to marginalized children. She specializes in concert music, film scoring and musical theatre.