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Yale Opera presents Liederabend: An Evening of Russian Songs Dec. 6

sprague-ext-nightYale Opera will present Liederabend: An Evening of Russian Song on Saturday, December 6 at 7:30 pm. Singers in the School of Music’s opera program will perform with pianist Emily Olin, who also prepared the students in Russian language and repertoire. Richard Cross will be the narrator of the evening.

The first half of the concert consists of Russian art songs, including selections by Rachmaninoff, Glinka, and Tchaikovsky, among others.

The second half is comprised of arias and duets from well-known Russian operas, such as excerpts from Mussorgsky’s Khovanshchina, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Sadko, and Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin. MORE

Published December 3, 2014
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Guest conductor Peter Oundjian leads the Yale Philharmonia in an evening of Russian music October 22

Program features Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, plus Glinka and Koussevitzky

The Yale School of Music presents the Philharmonia Orchestra of Yale and principal guest conductor Peter Oundjian on Friday, October 22 at 8 pm in Woolsey Hall (corner of College and Grove Streets, New Haven). All the music on the program is from Russia, with works by Glinka, Koussevitzky, and Tchaikovsky.

The program opens with the Overture to Glinka’s opera Russlan and Ludmilla. Sergey Koussevitzky’s Double Bass Concerto follows, in a performance by Nathaniel Chase, a winner of the 2010 Woolsey Competition. Koussevitzky, though remembered most for his conducting, was also a highly accomplished composer and double bass player who performed the work as soloist in its 1905 premiere.

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E minor will conclude the performance. The symphony uses a theme derived from Glinka’s first opera, A Life for the Czar, a small link between the first piece on the program and the last. Throughout the symphony’s four movements, this theme is gradually transformed from the darkness of the opening to the triumph of the finale.

Admission to the performance is free. MORE

Published September 30, 2010
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