IN FOCUS SERIES 2017


July 24 – July 28, 2017
FREE Chamber Music Concerts

The Russian Soul in Music: From Tchaikovsky to Shostakovich

The rich history of Russian music dates back over a thousand years, when Eastern-Orthodox-Slavonic chanting began to develop its unique character.  By the 19th century, folk, sacred and Western traditions coalesced into a distinctive, Russian-Classical soundscape that stirred audiences and musicians around the world.  The expressive range and folkloric narratives in the music of Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and others came to represent the Russian style.

This season’s In Focus Series will explore these and the influential, subsequent generation of Russian composers, including Prokofiev and Shostakovich, who together define the Russian soul in music.

Russian Serenade
Monday, July 24, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Russian Serenade

The season begins with an intimate evening of music which includes the sparkling Violin Sonata No. 2 by Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky’s heartfelt Serenade for Strings. These giants of Russian music distill the essence of their gifts for musical color into compositions tailored for smaller forces.

Passion and Remembrance
Wednesday, July 26, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Passion and Remembrance

Dynamo-pianist Conrad Tao performs Shostakovich at his satirical finest in his energized First Piano Concerto. Rachmaninoff’s ardent Cello Sonata, a gem of the repertoire, balances the program.

Music through Adversity
Friday, July 28, 2017, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Music through Adversity

Grappling with death while celebrating life, Mussorgsky and Shostakovich produced the two works of stunning beauty on this program under the most trying circumstances of personal tragedy and hardship.