A 200th Birthday Party for Robert Schumann – Schumannfest 2010

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Two weeks of world-class performances of Schumann’s work in Düsseldorf. Festivities include piano marathon by hundreds of pianists and new guided tour of city’s Schumann sites.

In the Footsteps of Clara and Robert Schumann

This year marks the 200th birthday of composer Robert Schumann (June 8th), and the city will celebrate with “Schumannfest” from May 28 – June 14, 2010. The celebration will feature a series of major concerts by international orchestras, conductors and performers, most of them taking place at Düsseldorf’s world-renowned Tonhalle. In addition to musical performances, the city is offering other events to highlight the work and life of its famous former resident.

The Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra, directed by Christoph Eschenbach and Mario Venzago, will kick off the concerts. Many visiting orchestras will also perform, including: The Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra with director Myung-Whun Chung, Berlin State Orchestra with Daniel Barenboim, and Bremen’s German Chamber Orchestra. Performers from Korea, Taiwan, Norway, Estonia, Portugal, England, and Argentina are scheduled to appear and include pianists Saleem Abboud Ashkar and Tzimon Barto; cellists Marie-Elisabeth Hecker and Jian Wang; and violinists Viviane Hagner, Janine Jansen and Thomas Zehetmair.

Works performed will include several Schumann composed while living in Düsseldorf, such as “Rhenish Symphony,” and “Ghost Variations.” Also scheduled is “Midsummer Night’s Dreams” at Palace Benrath, and a marathon performance of “Dreaming” from “Scenes from Childhood,” played by hundreds of pianists of all ages.

Schumann lived at several locations in Düsseldorf with his wife Clara and their six children while working there in his only permanent employment, as municipal director. His time in Düsseldorf was one of the most creative and productive in the composer’s life.

A new walking tour “In the Footsteps of Clara and Robert Schumann” takes visitors to many of the sites where both lived and worked, including the spot by the river Rhine where Robert Schumann attempted suicide on a carnival Monday in 1854.

For concert schedules, tickets, and more information, visit http://www.schumannfest-duesseldorf.de. For tour information, visit http://www.visitduessedorf.de.

Düsseldorf, only a short distance from many major destinations, makes possible easy travel to the Rhine-Ruhr area, Cologne, Belgium, and the Netherlands, as well as many opportunities for short and long-term stays. For more information on Düsseldorf, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.

Düsseldorf International Airport, Germany’s third largest, offers several non-stop flights from US & Canadian cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark, Toronto, San Francisco, Vancouver), as well as convenient connections to many European cities. For more information about the airport, visit http://www.fly2dus.com.

Düsseldorf Tourism & Marketing GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf. Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations. For more information, visit http://www.visitduesseldorf.de.

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