Department of Music to dedicate new grand piano April 24

Seth Carlin to perform works of Robert and Clara Schumann in Graham Chapel

Seth Carlin

Pianist Seth Carlin, professor of music in Arts & Sciences, will dedicate the music department’s new grand piano in Graham Chapel with a concert of works by Robert Schumann (1810-1856) and Clara Schumann (1819-1896).

The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24. Graham Chapel is located immediately north of the Mallinckrodt Student Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd. For more information, call (314) 935-4841.

The nine-foot grand piano — made by Steinway & Sons of Long Island City, New York — is the company’s largest and the standard-sized instrument for concert performances. In addition to solo recitals, the piano will be used for chamber music performances; to accompany singers and instrumentalists in recital; and for concertos with campus ensembles, such as the Washington University Symphony Orchestra.

Carlin; Robert Snarrenberg, chair of the Department of Music; and Sona Haydon, senior lecturer in piano, selected Steinway as the piano’s maker. Earlier this year, they traveled to the company’s factory with Priscilla McDonnell, whose gift to the Department of Music assisted in its purchase, to select the instrument.

Calendar Summary

WHO: Seth Carlin

WHAT: Dedication of new Graham Chapel grand piano

PROGRAM: Music of Robert and Clara Schumann

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24

WHERE: Graham Chapel, just north of Mallinckrodt Student Center, 6445 Forsyth Blvd.

COST: Free

INFORMATION: (314) 935-4841

The April 24 concert will feature several works by the Schumanns, who compositions were largely written at a time when the piano was evolving from what we now call the “fortepiano” into the modern instrument. The program will include Robert Schumann’s Symphonic Etudes (1934-37) and Clara’s Variations on a Theme of Robert Schumann (1853), as well as her Mazurka, op. 6, no. 5 (1836), on which Robert based his noted Davidsbündlertänze (1837).