Russian Composer Birthday Celebration: Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” presents A Russian Composer Birthday Celebration: PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY with honored guest and member of the RCC Board of Directors.

Maestro: Hans Graf
Performer: James Dick

WHEN:  May 11, 2009, 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:   RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet; Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION:  $15 / RCC Members $12

Piotr Tchaikovsky (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893) wrote some of the most popular concert and theatrical music in the Classical repertoire, including the ballets Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, the 1812 Overture, his First Piano Concerto, several symphonies, and the opera Eugene Onegin.

As his style developed, Tchaikovsky wrote music across a range of genres, including symphony, opera, ballet, instrumental, chamber and song. He became the first Russian composer to personally acquaint foreign audiences with his own works, as well as those of other Russian composers. Although Tchaikovsky’s music has always been popular with audiences, it was at times been judged harshly by musicians and composers.

James Dick is a brilliant artist, founder and creative director of the Festival-Institute in Round Top. His concert tours take him throughout the United States and abroad each year. Recognized as one of the truly important pianists of his generation, pianist James Dick brings keyboard sonorities of captivating opulence and brilliance to performances that radiate intellectual insight and emotional authenticity.

The RCC will present a documentary film about the composer, followed by a musical recital of selections from Tchaikovsky’s “Seasons”, performed by James Dick.

Wine will be served.

Please call or e-mail to RSVP, as seating is limited: 713-395-3301 or  russianculturalcenter@gmail.com

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