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CLARA

Pianist Lara Downes presents a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of Clara Schumann (September 13, 2019) - composer, pianist and pioneer.

Downes fashions Clara Schumann’s music and writings from her letters and diaries into a portrait of her extraordinary life: fetishized prodigy, determined bride, superstar, breadwinner, muse, manager, martyred widow, unsolved mystery - and most of all, a woman far ahead of her time.

CLARA features performances of Clara’s Sonata in G Minor, her piano Romances and Variations, as well as world premieres of new works by women composers including Aiyana Braun, Gity Razaz, and Freya Waley-Cohn, commissioned as bicentennial tributes in Clara’s honor.