Talented pianist/composer from St. Petersburg, Russia and Boston University Tanglewood Institute alumnus Arseny Gusev inaugurates BRAI's Next Generation Concert Series.
The diverse program includes works by Russian composers as well as Europeans whose music was used by the Ballets Russes. Inspired by a suite of poems, Maurice Ravel's Gaspard de la Nuit is legendary for its technical difficulty, partly due to Ravel's desire to outdo Islamey by the Russian Mily Balakirev. A poem by Goethe is the insipiration for Nikolai Medtner's lyrical Sonata in A-flat Major, while selections from Schumann's Bunte Blatter (Coloured Leaves) include three short pieces created as a present by the composer to his wife to be, Clara. Etudes by Scriabin and Stravinsky round out the lineup.
The evening includes a reception with cheese, veggie dips, light bites and fruit, still and sparkling water as well as a cash bar for alcoholic beverages. Ticket-holders are welcome to stay for a special Russian-themed dinner in the Algonquin's Grill Room (extra charge of $60 including tax & service for 3 courses). Menu coming soon.
Maurice Ravel: Gaspard de la Nuit
Robert Schumann: Bunte Blätter (selections)
Nikolai Medtner: Sonata in A-flat Major
Alexander Scriabin: Etude No. 8
Sergey Rachmaninoff: Etude No. 6
Igor Stravinsky: Etude No. 4
6:00 pm Reception
6:30 pm First concert section: Europe
7:00 pm Intermission, reception resumes
7:20 pm Second concert section: Russia
7:50 pm Q&A, conclusion of reception
8:15 pm Optional Russian-themed prix-fixe dinner in Grill Room
Presented by Ballets Russes Arts Inititiave
in partnership with SoundWays