This year’s “Once Score, One Chicago” selection is Robert Schumann’s piano suite “Scenes from Childhood,” Op. 15, which unlike the many pieces that Schumann wrote for children to play to learn to master the instrument, is actually too technically demanding for children and is really an adult remembrance of what an ideal childhood should have or could have been in any case. The idealized past was often an attractive vacation spot for Schumann, who suffered from horrific depression complete with hallucinations and voices which so terrified him that he jumped off a bridge in a suicide attempt and died in an asylum. But you would never guess any of that from the music, which in this case manages to musically preserve the best of what those of us lucky enough to have experienced a happy childhood remember about it, and for the rest of us, we can fill in the blanks vicariously. Jeffrey Kahane is the pianist in an all-Schumann program that also includes the Fantasy in C Major, Op. 17 and Kriesleriana, Op. 16. (Dennis Polkow)
July 31 at Ravinia Festival’s Martin Theater, Lake-Cook and Green Bay Rds., Highland Park, (847)266-5100. 8pm. $10-$40.