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Russian Masters


Sat 13 Sep 2014, 7:30pm–9:30pm

Where: Air Force Museum of New Zealand, 45 Harvard Ave, Wigram, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: michellewalsh

The name of this concert perfectly sums up an evening dedicated to the genius of two of the most influential Russian composers of the romantic era.

It is also in some ways a 'homecoming' for our soloist, Natalia Lomeiko. Born in Russia, Lomeiko has a very strong and close connection to Christchurch and is always a great favourite with CSO audiences. This internationally regarded violinist will be a highlight of the concert, performing Tchaikovsky's masterful showpiece.

Along with Mussorgsky and Rimsky-Korsakov, Borodin was one of the nationalist composers known as the 'Russian Five' who sought to create a distinctive school of Russian music.

Composed over a period of 18 years, Borodin's opera Prince Igor, from which the overture and Polovstian Dances are taken, contain whirling melodies and energetic rhythms all brought to life by colourful percussion.

Mark Kadin is now in his eighth season as Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Krasnoyarsk Symphony Orchestra and has quickly established himself as one of Russia's most exciting young conductors.

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