A Summer Salon: Chamber Music From the Romantic Era. Historical clarinetist Thomas Carroll will play on Ottensteiner clarinets from 1879, joining Yvonne Smith on viola and Andrew Schneider on piano. In addition to works by Brahms and Bruch, the program also includes Schumann's earlier work, Märchenbilder ("Fairy Pictures") for viola and piano, Op. 113.
8 p.m. July 8. The MATCH, 3400 Main. For information, call 713-521-4533 or visit la-speranza.com. $14 to $22.
Schumann's last hurrah, one final burst of brilliance before his depression worsened and he attempted suicide, came about in 1853 with Märchenerzählungen, or Fairy Tales, Op. 132. The musical trio takes us through a storybook journey: "Lively, but not fast" transitions to fast and accentuated, then calm and delicate, until finally closing the chapter with a happy ending. Now Houston's newest historical chamber music ensemble, La Speranza, is showcasing this Schumann favorite during