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MIGRATION + REVOLUTION: Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet @ ModRen

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Hear the renowned Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet in the remarkable aesthetic setting of the Museum of Modern Renaissance in Somerville. Taking place 100 years, almost to the day, after the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917, this special concert honors the memory of all those it displaced and affected.

The concert features compositions by Russian composers Sergey Rachmaninov and Aleksandr Gretchaninov, who emigrated to the US, as well as a rarely performed quartet by the Soviet Jewish composer Moishe Weinberg, a disciple and friend of Dimitri Shostakovich.

Doors open at 6:30, concert at 7

Sergey Rachmaninov: Unfinished Quartet No. 1, Romance and Scherzo
Mieczyslaw (Moshe) Weinberg: String Quartet n. 13, Op. 118
Alexander Gretchaninov: String Quartet n. 4, Op. 124

The members of the Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet– Mikhail Bondarev (violin), Ekaterina Belisova (violin), Alexei Popov (viola) and Anton Andreev (cello) – are graduates of the prestigious Saint Petersburg Conservatory, and steeped in the grand tradition of Russian classical music. The quartet was founded in 1939, the oldest in Russia, and is regarded as a monument to Russian musical history. Since 1989, the group has been actively touring abroad in Europe, and more recently in the US and Canada, and has made appearances at the numerous renowned music festivals throughout Europe and the America, and consistently receive outstanding reviews.

Mieczyslaw (Moishe) Weinberg (1919-1996) was a Soviet Jewish composer born in Warsaw, Poland. After graduating from the Warsaw Conservatory in 1939, he fled to the Soviet Union to escape the Germans (his entire family perished in the Holocaust). Evacuated from Minsk to the Central Asian city of Tashkent in 1941, Weinberg met both his wife and his most important musical mentor, Dimitri Shostakovich, and moved to Moscow in 1943. He and Shostakovich would remain close friends and exchange ideas until the latter’s death in 1975. When Weinberg was arrested in 1953 Shostakovich took the risk of interceding on his behalf with the authorities, and even agreed to take care of his daughter if Weinberg’s wife was arrested too. Released soon after Stalin’s death, Weinberg continued to have problems finding work (as he had before arrest, due to his Jewish ethnicity), but this did not stop him from composing prolifically, including 22 symphonies, 17 string quartets and numerous other compositions, especially for string. While Shostakovich was the biggest influence on Weinberg, he also drew on the music of Prokofiev as well as Bartok, and used Jewish, Moldovan, Polish and Uzbek folk music sources. Composed two years after Shostakovich’s death, his 13th String Quartet follows on the heels of his 12th Symphony, composed specifically in memory of Shostakovich. It exhibits many of the typical characteristics of Weinberg, including a desire for harmony and neo-classical balance alongside a facing of darkness and suffering as a path towards resolution and peace.

Presented by Ballets Russes Arts Inititiave in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Renaissance

Please note that restroom facilities at the Museum of Modern Renaissance are limited. There may be a wait to use them.

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