Jacobsen Concert a Tribute to Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel

March 23, 2010

TACOMA, Wash. – The 200th anniversary of the birth of Robert Schumann will be celebrated with a Jacobsen Concert at University of Puget Sound, featuring four distinctive works by the German composer. The public concert is a tribute to Cordelia Wikarski-Miedel, the German-born cellist, who has dazzled audiences worldwide and given the Northwest some of its most memorable performances over the past three decades. Wikarski-Miedel will retire from her position as Northwest Artist in Residence at University of Puget Sound at the end of the school year in May. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, in Schneebeck Concert Hall. Ticket information is below.

Wikarski-Miedel (pictured right), who will be attending the concert to hear her colleagues and fellow musicians, has attracted critical acclaim in Europe, the United States, and Asia throughout her career. Prior to arriving in America in 1977, she was honored multiple times for her rich and expressive cello sound, including by the former East German government, which presented her with the Felix Mendelssohn Award. In the Northwest she has performed solo with orchestras including the Seattle Symphony, Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra. At Puget Sound Wikarski-Miedel teaches cello and heads the chamber music program.

The evening’s performers will include Rodger Burnett (French horn), Roberta Hansen (cello), Duane Hulbert (piano), Dawn Padula (mezzo-soprano), Joyce Ramee (viola), Tanya Stambuk (piano), and Keith Ward (piano). The program:

Adagio and Allegro for Cello and Piano Op.70
Andante and Variations in B Flat Major for two pianos, two cellos, and horn Op. 46
Liederkreis Op. 39 (A cycle of 12 songs, with poetry by Joseph Eichendorff)
Marchenbilder Op. 113 for Viola and Piano

Schumann (June 8, 1810–July 29, 1856) was one of the most important Romantic composers. He turned to writing music full time while still in his 20’s, after his dream of a career as a concert pianist was shattered by a hand injury. His music ranged across many forms, including works for piano, orchestra, voice, chorus, chamber orchestra, and opera. His love of literature led to compositions that fused literary and musical ideas, such in the song cycle Liederkreis, in the evening’s performance. Schumann died at age 46, after his deteriorating mental and physical health forced him to enter an asylum. His music—fresh, poetic, and sometimes haunting—defined the early Romantic period and remained influential in the decades that followed.

The Jacobsen Concert Series, named in honor of Leonard Jacobsen, former chair of the piano department at Puget Sound, has been running since 1984. The Jacobsen Series Scholarship Fund awards annual music scholarships to outstanding student performers and scholars. The fund is sustained entirely by season subscribers and ticket sales.

Admission to the performance is $12.50 for the general public; $8.50 for seniors (55+), non-Puget Sound students, and Puget Sound faculty and staff. It is free for current Puget Sound students. For tickets contact Wheelock Information Center, or order by credit card by calling 253.879.3419. Tickets also will be available at the door.

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