Focus Residency

Art Under a Tombstone, Behind the Music

It is hard to believe that Tchaikovsky’s wondrous ballet music was being written only decades before the events of the Russian Revolution of 1917. The subsequent horrific chapter of Russian political history radically altered the course of one of the great musical and literary cultures of the world. This residency explores Russia’s transformation and the period of Soviet repression through the music of Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich, poems of Aleksandr Blok, and life stories of Alexander Solzhenitsyn, as told by his son, pianist and conductor Ignat Solzhenitsyn.

Thursday 7Nov 2019