Weirich will open with Aaron Copland’s Piano Variations. This work is a modern piece that has been described as a “spare, concentrated, intense work,” containing plenty of wit for the clever listener. Next on the program is Maurice Ravel’s Miroirs. Ravel is a master in the art of creating detailed atmosphere by using instruments both conventionally and unconventionally. In this work the piano delicately and exquisitely creates vivid, detailed, and rich scenes for the listener.
Following a brief intermission, Weirich will perform Robert Schumann’s Carnaval, Op. 9. Through this series of short pieces representing masked figures at a Carnaval, Schumann gives musical expression to himself, his friends and colleagues, and characters from improvised Italian comedy. This work is blatant evidence of Schumann’s mischievous and playful side. Schumann included many secret puzzles in the music, such as a name spelled out in a repeated motive, as well as sketches of himself and his friends. It was added entertainment for his friends to decipher the codes while listening to the music. Carnaval will end the evening on an imaginative and delightful note.