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Spokane Symphony: Schumann’s Rhenish Symphony

April 13-14. The last of Schumann’s four symphonies to be written, this is a formidable example of the composer’s most inspired, mature style. Greatly influenced by literature and poetry, Robert Schumann has produced some of the most beautiful, lyrical melodies of the Romantic era. Schumann himself was also a writer, music critic and owner of the journal Neue Zeitschrift für Musik. His wife Clara was a famous pianist of the highest caliber and champion of his piano works, as well as his greatest muse. You’ll be mesmerized by the uplifting spirits of this masterpiece, and awestruck by its expansive opening. Inspired by the way Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony paints a musical landscape in broad strokes, Schumann closes his symphony with music that evokes the majestic sounds you would hear in a German cathedral. Shows Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Eckart Preu, conductor; Alban Gerhardt, cello. Part of the Classics series. Performances Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.