Moonstruck: Schumann & Schmidt
George Hanson, Conductor Laureate
R. Schumann: Manfred Overture
Schmidt: Lunar Reflections World Premiere of orchestral version
R. Schumann: Symphony No. 1, “Spring”
The supernatural, the moon and the romance of spring! Robert Schumann’s Manfred Overture, inspired by Lord Byron’s haunting poem of the same name, and Symphony No. 1, “Spring,” inspired by the “spring of love,” according to the composer, are a perfect fit with the world premiere of the orchestral version (?) of Lunar Reflections by Heather Schmidt. Instead of five movements, Schmidt says it’s in five “moons,” from the delicate beauty of a February Snow Moon to the clangorous energy of a July Thunder Moon.