In an era when women, apart from singers, almost never performed in public or composed, Clara Schumann did both.
In commemoration of the Clara Schumann's 200th birth anniversary this 2019, the Goethe-Institut is staging a multi-faceted concert on the life, time and works of the celebrated Romantic musician.
In partnership with the University of Santo Tomas' (UST) Conservatory of Music
and Office of Public Affairs
, the concert features German musicians Boris Schönleber
(piano) and Katharina Padrok
(soprano), as well as performers from the university, Peter Podrico
(actor) and Mary Patrice Pacis
(actress). Alongside Clara Schumann's works, the concert highlights German poetry and contains theatrical performances chronicling important events in her life.
The concert is set for Wednesday, October 16
at the UST Museum
. Registration starts at 6:00pm. The guest musicians will also give a voice workshop for selected participants at the UST on October 17.
About Clara Schumann
Clara Schumann | © Schumann netzwerk
(1819 – 1896)
Clara Schumann was a German musician and composer, considered one of the most distinguished composers and pianists of the Romantic era. She exerted her influence over a 61-year concert career, changing the format and repertoire of the piano recital, while also having composed a body of work including various piano concertos, chamber works, and choral pieces. She was also an influential piano educator at the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. Schumann distinguished herself as the foremost interpreter of her husband Robert’s work, but she was also a primary force in reintroducing eighteenth-century keyboard music to the public. Unfortunately, her own compositions remained unknown until the second half of the twentieth century and many are still unpublished and owned by private collectors.
ABOUT THE PERFORMERS
© Boris Schönleber
BORIS SCHÖNLEBER is a freelance pianist in Berlin. He studied with Alexander Malter and visited master classes of well-known pianists. In July 1998 he passed his “Performers Diploma” at the “Guildhall School of Music and Drama” (London) with distinction. Boris Schönleber is working as piano soloist, vocal accompanist and chamber musician in Berlin and all over Germany.
© Katharina Padrok
KATHARINA PADROK is a mezzo-soprano who studied violin at the Conservatory of Music in Hannover and vocal pedagogy at the University of Fine Arts Berlin. Her soloist repertoire is much multisided and contains a variety of song programs, contemporary music and Tango songs from Astor Piazolla, which she has adapted and restaged in a fascinating manner. Besides her active stage career, Padrok is working as a vocals tutor at the conservatory in Frankfurt as well at the University of Arts and Music Büdingen.
© Peter Podricos
PETER PORTICOS holds a "Diplominstrumentalist" degree from the Hochschule fuer Musik "Hanns Eisler" in Berlin, Germany, where he studied piano performance and chamber music from 1996 to 2001. In the Philippines, he has performed as soloist of the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Rodel Colmenar. His other performances include concerts at the Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philamlife Theatre, Equitable PCI Bank tower, Concert at the Park, Paco Park Presents and the Pundaquit Chamber Music Festival.
© Mary Patrice Pacis
MARY PATRICE PACIS is a soprano who graduated from the UST Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Maestra Irma Ponce-Enrile Potenciano. Her vocal styles range from classical, musical theatre, folk and light rock and jazz which led her to perform in different productions. Her opera credits inlcude: "La Traviata", "Eugene Onegin", "Die Fledermaus", and "Carmen".