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 explores these and the influential, subsequent generation of Russian composers, including Prokofiev and Shostakovich, who together define the Russian soul in music. Brief discussions about the programs bring the music “into focus.”