Or Ain’t Baroquians or Ain’t Barrocos or whatever you want to call yourselves. The point is: irony alert!
There are two separate BSO concerts this week; one is called is called “Robert Schumann: A Romantic Original,” and the other is “Schumann: A Beautiful Mind.” Well, he may have a beautiful mind, but so far everyone thinks Brahms’ brain is prettier; Schumann is getting KILLED in the current Composer Cagematch! (Incidentally, you have until midnight Saturday to vote in that sucker.)
But never mind. Let’s not add insult to salt in the injury. What makes Schumann a Romantic Original? His Manfred Overture and his first two symphonies, plus a lecture from a Johns Hopkins University psychologist about Schumann’s particular nutter butter tendencies beforehand (that goes down an hour before the concert). See it on Thursday, May 12 at 8 pm (Wine Night!) and Sunday, May 15 at 3 pm, both at the Meyerhoff.
Alternatively, if you’d rather explore what makes Schumann’s mind so beautiful, Marin Alsop and Schumann scholar Dr. Richard Kolgan have prepped a presentation all about it, including bits of music and discussion of Schumann’s possible bipolar disorder. Fun! See that at Strathmore on Friday, May 13 at 8:15 pm or at the Meyerhoff on Saturday, May 14 at 7:00 pm.
Either way, I’m glad someone likes Schumann.
You guys certainly don’t. Updated to add: In my defense, when I wrote this it was 14-2 in favor of Brahms.
Updated again to add:
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