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THIS SUNDAY! Le Salon de Musiques presents “Russian Soul” – Los Angeles classial concert report

 

BORODIN's apartment view

 

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Passionate and dedicated about his work in Science and in Music, Alexander BORODIN was a beautiful and humble person, kind-hearted and deeply cared for his fellow human beings, to the extend of putting them first without a thought for himself. He was devoted to his wife, his friends and his students.

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV wrote in his memoirs that the BORODIN’s apartment “was often used as a shelter or a night’s lodging by various poor (or ‘visiting’) relations, who picked that place to fall ill or even lose their minds. BORODIN had his hands full of them, doctored them, took them to hospitals… In the four rooms of his apartment there often slept several strange persons of this sort – sofas and floors were turned into beds.”

Working hard for women’s rights in Russia, the composer founded the Russian Courses of Medicine for Women.

 

Coming up this SUNDAYMay 4, 2014 — is the penultimate classical concert event of LE SALON DE MUSIQUES’ glorious season.

Famed for its warmly intimate and interactive stage-free musical experience, LE SALON DE MUSIQUES’  latest offering will celebrate the “Russian Soul”, featuring chamber music pieces composed by Alexander BORODIN, and Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH, along with the Czech Composer Antonin DVORAK.

Principal Cellist of the LA Opera John WALZ will be joined by Jessica GUIDERI and Roger WILKIE on Violins, Shawn MANN on Viola and Robert THIES at the Piano for this performance, which is followed by a reception featuring French Champagne and a Gourmet Buffet catered by Patina.

The concert will be introduced by Musicologist Julius REDER-CARLSON, along with founding Artistic Director and Concert Pianist François CHOUCHAN, with co-Artistic Director Cellist John WALZ. The program features Antonin DVORAK Romance for Violin & Piano in C minor Op 73, Alexander BORODIN String Quartet N.2 in D Major, and Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57.

“I am thrilled to present this May 4 “Salon de Musiques” dedicated to these three Genius Composers, DVORAK, BORODIN and especially the wonderful Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH,” said Founder & Artistic Director Francois CHOUCHAN.

“As my roots are Russian and Polish, I feel really close to this wonderful music, which is so passionate, lyrical, deep and emotional… One can feel the “Slavic Soul” and dream about the beauty of the Steppes, the landscapes covered with snow, but also all the Eastern Europe’s Folkloric traditions.”

“LE SALON DE MUSIQUES” is a unique musical experience—one like no other in Los Angeles. By removing the stage and putting the artists next to the audience, each performance is a very personal and intimate experience. The concert is being performed on the 5th floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. An informal Q&A with the artists will follow the performance and a gourmet buffet supper of dainty sandwiches and cakes provided by Patina. French Champagne will also be served.

Tickets are $39 for Student, and $65 (includes supper and drinks) and available for purchase here.

 

LE SALON DE MUSIQUES — the “Russian Soul”

 

Event Information:

Sunday May 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th Floor

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Program:

A. DVORAK: Romance for Violin & Piano in F minor Op 11

A. BORODIN: String Quartet N.2 in D Major

D. SHOSTAKOVITCH: Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57

 

Performing:

Jessica GUIDERI & Roger WILKIE Violins,

SHAWN MANN Viola,

John WALZ Cello,

Robert THIES Piano.

 

 

 

 

 

Le Salon de Musiques May preview – Russian Soul

 

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH.

Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH.

“When a man is in despair, it means that he still believes in something.” ~ Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH

Regarded as one of the most important 20th Century composers, Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH proved his extraordinary talents through his monumental and diversified orchestral repertoire, but also through his amazing Chamber Music works.

Impressed with his first String Quartet, the Moscow-based Beethoven String Quartet asked the Russian Composer to write a piano quintet.

Completed in 1940, his magical piece was premiered on November 23 at the Moscow Academy of Music, by the Beethoven String Quartet with the composer himself at the piano.

As an accomplished pianist, SHOSTAKOVITCH performed the piece many times with the Beethoven String Quartet, and later with the Borodin String Quartet. The work has enjoyed immense success.

You can experience this glorious piano quintet early next month, as well as some other carefully selected and complementary pieces, at the next classical concert event.

Famed for its warmly intimate and interactive stage-free musical experience, LE SALON DE MUSIQUES’ latest offering will celebrate the “Russian Soul”, featuring chamber music pieces composed by Alexander BORODIN, and Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH, along with the Czech Composer Antonin DVORAK.

Principal Cellist of the LA Opera John WALZ will be joined by Jessica GUIDERI and Roger WILKIE on Violins, Shawn MANN on Viola and Robert THIES at the Piano for this performance, which is followed by a reception featuring French Champagne and a Gourmet Buffet catered by Patina.

The concert will be introduced by Musicologist Julius REDER-CARLSON, along with founding Artistic Director and Concert Pianist François CHOUCHAN, with co-Artistic Director Cellist John WALZ. The program features Antonin DVORAK Romance for Violin & Piano in C minor Op 73, Alexander BORODIN String Quartet N.2 in D Major, and Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57.

“I am thrilled to present this May 4 “Salon de Musiques” dedicated to these three Genius Composers, DVORAK, BORODIN and especially the wonderful Dmitri SHOSTAKOVITCH,” said Founder & Artistic Director Francois CHOUCHAN.

“As my roots are Russian and Polish, I feel really close to this wonderful music, which is so passionate, lyrical, deep and emotional… One can feel the “Slavic Soul” and dream about the beauty of the Steppes, the landscapes covered with snow, but also all the Eastern Europe’s Folkloric traditions.”

“LE SALON DE MUSIQUES” is a unique musical experience—one like no other in Los Angeles. By removing the stage and putting the artists next to the audience, each performance is a very personal and intimate experience. The concert is being performed on the 5th floor of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion. An informal Q&A with the artists will follow the performance and a gourmet buffet supper of dainty sandwiches and cakes provided by Patina. French Champagne will also be served.

Tickets are $39 for Student, and $65 (includes supper and drinks) and available for purchase here.

 

LE SALON DE MUSIQUES  — the “Russian Soul”

 

Event Information:

Sunday May 4, 2014 at 4:00 pm

The Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, 5th Floor

135 N Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90012

 

Program:

A. DVORAK: Romance for Violin & Piano in F minor Op 11

A. BORODIN: String Quartet N.2 in D Major

D. SHOSTAKOVITCH: Piano Quintet in G minor Op 57

 

Performing:

Jessica GUIDERI & Roger WILKIE Violins,

SHAWN MANN Viola,

John WALZ Cello,

Robert THIES Piano.

 

 

 

 

 

Mikhail Baryshnikov performs “In Paris” at The Broad

Photos by Angela Weiss/WireImage.

Poetic, impressionistic and occasionally melancholy and whimsical, the elegant staging of legendary actor/dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov’s new show, In Paris, is breathtaking. In Paris is only playing for one more week at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

A lone figure in a dark trench coat is standing on the dimly lit and highly raked stage. It’s Baryshnikov and his presence hushes the audience before the house lights go down. Meanwhile, way down below the edge of the stage, a woman in a flowered hat begins to move a large, blown-up postcard from one end of the “orchestra pit” to the other. As she hauls it onto the stage, three black balloons float skywards to the sound of birds chirping. She hauntingly begins to sing a Russian folksong as a procession of immigrants emerges from upstage with their boxes of belongings…

Employing wistful physicality, trompe l’oeil trickery, whimsical staging, puppetry, acrobatics, silent film projection, dramatic lighting (designed by Damir Ismagilov), comedy, opera sung a cappella, monologue and exchanges of dialogue in French and Russian (with the English translation writ large and projected across the performers, black floor and upstage wall) an impression is created of the crushing solitude a foreigner experiences in a strange city.

In Paris is a simple story about a White Army general (Baryshnikov), a Russian ex-pat who is living in Paris where he meets Olga, an attractive young waitress working in a Russian deli (played elegantly by Anna Sinyakina). Together the two lonely souls embark upon a bittersweet love affair.

This production is the U.S. premiere of In Paris, an adaptation of a short story by Ivan Bunin, the first Russian to win a Nobel Prize for Literature in 1933. Bunin lived in exile in France after the Russian Civil War (1918-1920) and died in Paris in 1953, never having had the opportunity to return to his motherland.

Elegantly directed by Dmitry Krymov, and employing an almost exclusive palette of black, white and grey hues, this poignant show brings the former ballet legend (now 64 years old) Mikhail Baryshnikov, beautiful actress Anna Sinyakina, and the acclaimed ensemble of the Dmitry Krymov Laboratory to the intimacy of The Broad Stage.

 

Tickets are pricey, but this show is definitely worth seeing.

 

Photos by Angela Weiss/WireImage.

 

Photos by Angela Weiss/WireImage.

In Paris

The Broad Stage

1310 11th Street,

Santa Monica, CA 90401

Performance Dates and Times:

Runs until Saturday April 21, 2012

Mon—Sat

7:30 PM

Saturdays & Sunday April 15

2PM

Running time:

Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, no intermission.

*** No late admission ***

TICKETS:

$65—135.00

Box Office:

Purchase tickets here or call (310) 434-3200

http://thebroadstage.com/inparis

On site parking is FREE.

 

 

About The Broad Stage:

Under the leadership of Director Dale Franzen and Artistic Chair Dustin Hoffman, The Eli and Edythe Broad Stage at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center opened its doors in Santa Monica in October 2008.

Inspired by Italian ‘horseshoe’ theaters, yet conceived in an absolutely contemporary vernacular, The Broad Stage is an artist’s dream and an audience’s delight. Unlike any performance space in the country, it is sublimely intimate with 499-seats and strikingly grand at the same time – allowing eye contact with artists from the boxes to the back row -forging a new kind of artist and audience experience in Los Angeles. Theater, dance, film, jazz, operas, musicals, symphony, chamber orchestras and world music are presented on one of the city’s largest proscenium stages. The space was conceived as a global theater and community hub and was designed without compromise to embrace the artistic process from inspiration to opening night.

In addition to The Broad Stage, The Edye Second Space, a smaller black box theater, presents new, developing and innovative work in theater, music and dance as part of the Under the Radar Series. Featuring younger, innovative artists and chamber pieces and plays, programming at The Edye is intentionally spontaneous, reflecting the dynamic nature of the space and allowing the latest, most exciting artists to be booked on short notice.

The Broad Stage ARTS INSIGHTS education and outreach program offers opportunities for cultural exposure through six initiatives. These include Student Matinees, In-School Workshops, Master Classes, Open Rehearsals, Family and Community Events, and Conversation Pieces. ARTS INSIGHTS currently reaches 12,000 students and diverse community members annually through over 30 free and low-cost events.