Dichterliebe’ Concert to Celebrate Schumann Sept. 23

In celebration of composer Robert Schumann’s 200th birthday, students from OBU will perform his beautiful song cycle, “Dichterliebe: A Cycle of Sixteen Songs,” on Thursday, Sept. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Raley Chapel’s Yaroborough auditorium on the OBU campus. The public is invited to attend the free performance.

“This will not be your typical recital and should be rather unique,” said Dr. Mark McQuade, OBU assistant professor of music and coordinator of vocal studies. “The performance will last only about 45 minutes, but I am sure this beautiful music will stay with you much longer.”

Student performers from McQuade’s studio include Sean Muzljakovich, a junior from Bartlesville, Okla.; George Croucher, a senior from Jenks, Okla.; Casey Flynt, a senior from Turpin, Okla.; and Brenden Laughlin, a junior from Albuquerque, N.M.

Andrew Harper, a junior from Olympia, Wash., will perform from the studio of Dr. Louima Lilite, assistant professor of music.

Students performing from the studio of Dr. Jennifer McQuade, assistant professor of music, include Griffin Maxwell, a senior from Enid, Okla., and Lucas Simmons, a junior from Weleetka, Okla.

Robert Schumann (1810-1856) was a German classical composer of the Romantic period. He worked as a piano professor at the Leipzig Conservatory under Mendelssohn and later as a conductor. He composed several concert works including four symphonies, a well-known piano concerto, chamber works, songs and song cycles, as well as many shorter works for the piano.

Composed in 1840, “Dichterliebe,” or “The Poet’s Love,” is Schumann’s best-known song cycle. The texts for the 16 songs come from the “Lyrisches Intermezzo” of Heinrich Heine, composed in 1822-23, published as part of the poet’s “Das Buch der Lieder.”