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The One and Only

The One and Only

Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor is the only piano concerto the composer ever wrote. Completed in 1845, it premiered later that same year; however, Schumann originally composed it as a one-movement piece for piano and orchestra. When he was unable to successfully sell the one-movement version to publishers, he revised it based on his wife Clara Schumann’s suggestion, eventually expanding it into a full three-movement concerto. In fact, Clara was the piano soloist when the piece premiered. In early 1846, Schumann’s piano concerto was performed under the conductorship of Felix Mendelssohn, a fellow German-Romantic composer.

Adam Neiman, the pianist performing Schumann’s piano concerto with the Evanston Symphony Orchestra, is a faculty member at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. Neiman, a Grammy Award-nominee, has performed all over the world with numerous symphony orchestras, and is a member of Trio Solisti and the Corinthian Trio. Neiman has also composed several works for symphony orchestra, chamber ensembles, solo piano, and voice.

In addition to Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A Minor featuring soloist Adam Neiman, other pieces on the program include the Ruy Blas Overture by Felix Mendelssohn and the Symphony No. 1 in C Minor by Johannes Brahms.

Please join us at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 3 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston for this all German-Romantic program. For tickets and more information, call 847-864-8804 or visit

  • Mendelssohn
  • Ruy Blas Overture
  • Schumann
  • Piano Concerto in A Minor

    Adam Neiman, piano

  • Brahms
  • Symphony No. 1 in C Minor


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Musical Insights

Free Pre-Concert Preview Series!

Friday, January 31 at 1:30 pm

Enhance your concert experience with a sneak preview — Composers come alive and their passions take center stage when ESO General Manager David Ellis and ESO Maestro Lawrence Eckerling take you on an insider’s tour of the history and highlights behind the music.

Meet our soloist, Jeffrey Biegel, at Musical Insights. He and our Maestro Lawrence Eckerling and David Ellis will explore the February concert program in depth.

The Merion
Friday, January 31 at 1:30 pm,
The Merion Crystal Ballroom at
1611 Chicago Avenue at Davis Street, Evanston.
FREE and open to the public.
Please RSVP to 847-562-5318.

Light refreshments will be served and casual tours of newly renovated apartments will be available after the program.