The third and final performance in our solo recital series features Bobby Mitchell in a program devoted to the works of Robert Schumann, a composer with whom Mitchell has a special affinity. Old First audiences may recall previous Schumann performances of Bobby’s including the Kinderszenen Op. 15, Fantasy in C Op. 17, and Fugues Op. 72. This program juxtaposes early and late works by Robert Schumann, giving the audience a cross section of this composer’s unique creative evolution.
Bobby Mitchell is an American pianist whose interests are embedded in the here and now of music as performance art, as well as the more standard classical repertory of centuries past. A frequent performer of new and rarely heard works, his interests lie mainly with the contemporary music canon and combining these works with the standard repertoire in an illuminating fashion. An instrumentalist who is not afraid to cross the traditional boundaries of programming and performance practice, he is active as a solo and collaborative concert pianist on modern and historical instruments and is also experienced in the fields of improvisation, composition, and conducting.