Date: Saturday 13 April 2013
5pm, Pre-Concert Lecture sponsored by Lieber’s Luggage
Our Russian Masterworks Concert takes us on a musical journey filled with Russian folk music, compositional drama, and epic tales. We begin with the Overture to the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila, where the nationalist composer, Glinka, juxtaposes Italian stage drama with Russian folk tunes. From there, we head to Russia’s most heralded composer in Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. His First Piano Concerto began most inauspiciously and was deemed “unplayable,” but has since become one of the most popular concertos in the piano repertoire. The evening ends with Scheherazade, based on tales from the Arabian Nights. We hear musical settings of four of the Sultana Scheherazade’s stories – stories she told for 1001 nights to spare her life from her murderous husband. We hope you will join us for this very special evening celebrating the grand tradition of Russian music.