The movie is about talented Russian artist Eugene Uhnalev. He survived a prison camp of Stalin’s era. Later Uhnalev worked in Hermitage for many years. His artworks are influenced by classical painting.
The Intonation of Time
Russia, 2010. 25 min.
The hero of this film is Vladimir Ovchinnikov, artist, sculptor, and one of the founders of nonconformist artistic movement in Leningrad. He worked in Hermitage and Mariinsky Theater.
Structured around the 1973 Soviet propaganda cruise to the United States, which Shostakovich took two years before his death, this film parallels an ocean voyage with the composer’s personal journey from child prodigy to bitter tool of the Politburo. Mixing Soviet propaganda films with snippets of symphonies and rare film of composer at work, directors Oksana Dvornichenko and Helga Landauer portray a man compromising his art to save his life.
As the film jumps back and forth from shipboard frivolities to ecstatic public adorations of Stalin, directors throw in random treasures of synchronized street ballets performance by beaming girls in bathing suits, Paul Robeson singing a Russian folk song, and Shostakovich confessing his hatred of movies and love of Guy de Maupassant.
While the composer’s motivation remains murky, the triumph of his music perfectly matches the aesthetics of Soviet agitprop, pushing Shostakovich’s personal beliefs aside until all that’s left is music for the masses.
Community screening with directors’ permission.
Please, purchase your tickets in advance as the seating is limited.
WHAT: Maria Markina – mezzo-soprano.
Kathleen Kelly – piano
The repertoire for the recital will include Mussorgsky, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and others.
Mezzo-soprano Maria Markina, a native of Moscow, is a second-year artist with Houston Grand Opera Studio. In HGO’s 2006-2007 season, she sang Ancella in Simon Boccanegra, Hansel in the alternate cast performances of Hansel and Gretel, and Lapak and the Woodpecker in The Cunning Little Vixen. During Houston Grand Opera’s 2007-2008 season, she will sing the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte.
She studied piano for eight years at the Fredric Chopin Music School. From 1997 to 2002, she studied at the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts with Professor A. B. Titel, and studied voice with E. T. Sarkisyan. She joined Moscow’s Novaya Opera Theatre in 2002.
Ms. Markina won first place in the 2006 Eleanor McCollum Competition for Young Singers.
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