Schumann quintet on fortepiano

April 18, 2002|By Tim Smith

Pro Musica Rara, noted for its commitment to historically authentic instruments, devotes most of its attention to the 17th and 18th centuries. This weekend, the focus will spread to the 19th with performances of Schumann's rapturous Piano Quintet and some pieces by Chopin using a newly built re-creation of a fortepiano much like the one Schumann and wife Clara owned.

Pianist Edmund Battersby will be the featured artist. He will be joined in the Schumann work by Pro Musica regulars Greg Mulligan and Ivan Stefanovic (violins), Sharon Meyer (viola) and Allen Whear (cello). On their own, the string players will play a Haydn quartet to round out the program.

The concert is at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Tickets are $20, $18 for seniors, $10 for students under 21, free for ages 8 to 16. Call 410-728-2820.

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