On Saturday, February 22, 2020, at 7:30 pm Candlelight Concert Society Presents “Schumann Quartett” at the Smith Theatre, Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center, Howard Community College in Columbia, Maryland.
The Schumann Quartett consists of Erik Schumann, violin, Ken Schumann, violin, Liisa Randalu, viola and Mark Schumann, cello. The three Schumanns are brothers from Germany of Romanian-Japanese ancestry who are joined by Estonian-born Randalu. The brothers have been playing together since they were children. When the group performs “anything is possible,” and it has “dispensed with certainties.” The group is presently in a three-year residency at the Chamber Music Society at Lincoln Center in New York City. It will be touring the U.S. twice as well as giving guest performances in Europe as well as performing several concerts there. Their album “Intermezzo” has received rave reviews both home and abroad. They are regarded by many as one of the best string quartets in the world. Ken Schumann, the middle brother, states, “We really want to take things to extremes, to see how far the excitement and our spontaneity as a group take us.”
“Fire and energy. The Schumann Quartett plays staggeringly well […] without doubt one of the very best formations among today’s abundance of quartets, […] with sparkling virtuosity and a willingness to astonish” states Harald Eggebrecht in Süddeutsche Zeitung.
The concert on February 22nd will include Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s’ “Quartet in D major, K. 499 ‘Hoffmeister’,” Dmitri Shostakovich’s “Quartet no. 9 in E-flat Major, op. 117” and Bedřich Smetana’s “Quartet no 1 in E minor, ‘From my Life’.”
There will be a free lecture on February 17, 2020, at 7 pm at Residences of Vantage House in Columbia Maryland on “The Art of String Quartet’ by Dr. Richard Giarusso, chair of the musicology department at the Peabody Conservatory.
Candlelight Concert Society has continued to thrill audiences with high caliber performances from an international pool of fine musicians. “The Schumann Quartett” will, most assuredly, be another exciting night of classical music.
To find out more about this performance, the Candlelight Concert Society and to purchase tickets go to their website.