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REVOLUTION 1917-2017: Centenary Concert by Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet

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St. Paul's Church

166 High St

Newburyport, Massachusetts 01950

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BRAI is thrilled to again present the renowned Rimsky Korsakov String Quartet in concert in Newburyport. The evening's program showcases and juxtaposes the music of three composers displaced in different ways by the Bolshevik Revolution of October 1917, and honors all those whose lives were affected by it.

4:30 PM: Pre-Concert Lecture, Anna Winestein (Director of BRAI), free for all ticket holders
Migration + Music: Russian composers displaced by the Bolshevik Revolution of 1917

5:15 PM: Concert Begins
Sergei Prokofiev:
String Quartet No. 2, Op. 92 (1941).
Mieczyslaw (Moshe) Weinberg: String Quartet n. 13, Op. 118 (1977)
Intermission

Alexander Gretchaninov: String Quartet n. 4, Op. 124 (1929)

7:00 PM: Wine Reception with the musicians for VIP ticket holders

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.

Trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in composition, piano and organ (in that order), Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) was a musical rebel who had already made a considerable name for himself as an avant garde composer before leaving Russia for the US in March 1918. His First String Quartet (performed in Newburyport by the Rimsky Korsakov Quartet in 2016), had been premiered at the Library of Congress in Washington in honor of the composer’s 40th birthday in 1921. Written 20 years later, his Second String Quartet was created after the composer's 1936 return to Moscow, shortly after the USSR's entry into World War II. Evacuated along with other cultural figures to the Kabardino-Balkar Republic in the Northern Caucasus region of Russia, Prokofiev drew part of his inspiration from local folk music and instruments. Despite the turbulent times and the fact that Prokofiev was specifically directed by a local official to use regional musical sources, it is a joyful, ebullient piece, showing the composer's enjoyment of the exotic, orientalizing influence.

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.

Alexander Gretchaninov (1864-1956) was a Russian romantic composer trained at the Moscow and St. Petersburg conservatories, most notably under Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Composing in parallel for opera and theater as well as creating numerous liturgical compositions for the Orthodox Church, he earned great recognition in the Russian Empire and was even awarded a special pension by the Tsar. Although he initially remained in Russia after the Revolution, he left the USSR in 1925 for Paris, where he composed his fourth and final string quartet. In 1939 he relocated to New York, continuing to compose, especially liturgical music, and becoming a US citizen before his death at the age of 91.

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Are tickets available at the door?

Yes, but only cash or checks are accepted. General admission is $37 at the door, VIP admission is $45 at the door. If you would like to pay with credit card, please buy in advance online--tickets will be available on Eventbrite until one hour before the concert starts.

Are tickets transferable?

Tickets are transferable. They are not, however, refundable.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

On street parking is available on the streets surrounding the church. The Newburyport Commuter Rail station is located 0.9 miles from the church. Taxis are available. A walking path leads directly to the church.

Is the church handicap acessible?

Yes



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