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The Birth of Russian Nationalistic Music

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 7:00PM

Tickets for this lecture are sold out. Space is available in the simulcast location, where the lecture will be aired live by video feed in another space at Hillwood.

Please call (202) 686-5807 to be placed on the waitlist for seating in the theater.

Just as Konstantin Makovksy highlighted Russian history, culture, and folklore in monumental Western European-style paintings, Russian composers, including a famous group of five, did the same in symphonic music and opera during the mid-nineteenth century.

This lecture recital, presented with Levine Music, explores the development of Russian Nationalistic composition and includes live performances. 

The Moguchaya Kuchka or "Mighty Five" composers were Mily Balakirev, Alexander Borodin, César Cui, Modest Mussorgsky, and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. They were inspired by Mikhail Glinka, and in turn inspired others, most notably Peter Tchaikovsky.

Music historian Carl Yaffe explores this school of Russian composition, and the influence music and musical subjects had on Makovsky’s paintings. Vasily Popov (cello) and Ralitza Patcheva (piano) will perform two works by César Cui. Curator Dr. Wilfried Zeisler will set the stage by discussing Hillwood’s exhibition Konstantin Makovksy: The Tsar’s Painter.


5:30-7 pm:           Self-guided touring of the mansion and special exhibition The Tsar’s Painter
                               Come early and enjoy your picnic dinner in the spring gardens!
7-8:30 pm:           Lecture Recital


The Birth of Russian Nationalistic Music