Internationally Renowned Pianist Sara Davis Buechner to Perform with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2019 9:00 am

Internationally renowned pianist Sara Davis Buechner takes center stage with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra (TSO) on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater to perform Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto on a program inspired by the serendipitous intersection between Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms.

One of the leading pianists of our time, Sara Davis Buechner has been praised worldwide as a musician of “intelligence, integrity, and all-encompassing technical prowess” (New York Times) and lauded for her “fascinating and astounding virtuosity” (Philippine Star). She established her early career as winner of a bouquet of prizes at the world’s great piano competitions, including the Gold Medal of the 1984 Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition and a Bronze Medal in the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Piano Competition in Moscow.

With an active repertoire of over one hundred piano concertos ranging from Bach to Wuorinen, Buechner has appeared as soloist with many of the world’s prominent orchestras, including New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland, San Francisco, Vancouver, the CBC Radio Orchestra, Japan Philharmonic, Birmingham (U.K.), BBC Philharmonic, Kuopio (Finland), Slovak Philharmonic, and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla y León (Spain).

“We are proud to welcome Sara Davis Buechner to Toledo! Sara is known for having an incredibly comprehensive concerto repertoire, and we are using her nearly-encyclopedic catalogue to present something rather special,” says Zak Vassar, President & CEO of the Toledo Symphony Orchestra. “Sara will perform Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, a work written by a trailblazing pioneer, who often stood in her famous husband’s compositional shadow. As Clara was something of a muse for Johannes Brahms (whose First Symphony will also be performed), we are excited to explore an overlooked gem of the repertoire.”

The concerts on Friday and Saturday evening explore one of the Romantic era’s defining musical friendships between Robert Schumann, Clara Schumann, and Johannes Brahms. The journals, letters, and sketches of Robert and Clara Schumann reveal the fascinating insight into their personal, musical, and romantic relationships. Robert Schumann’s Overture to Genoveva opens the program, followed by Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto. These documents are also primary sources of information about the famously private composer, Johannes Brahms. Brahms’s relationship with both Robert and Clara Schumann led to some of his most honest and heartfelt communications—in both words and music. Brahms took a far longer time than most composers to both start and finish his First Symphony. Striving for perfection, he was faced with the pressure of living up to Beethoven’s legacy. The program will close with his Symphony No. 1.

Brahms’s First will take place on Friday, February 22 and Saturday, February 23, 2019 at 8 PM at the Toledo Museum of Art’s Peristyle Theater. Tickets are available at or by calling the Toledo Symphony Box Office at 419.246.8000.

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