Still captivated by the sights and sounds from the Sochi Winter Olympics? Thrilled by skaters and dancers performing triple-axels and double salchows to the strains of Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker” and Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Scheherazade?”
The glamour of international athletic competition may be gone, but the beauty and majesty of Russia’s rich artistic heritage in music and art still can be savored with the Silver Swan Vocal Chamber Ensemble’s musical performance on March 15, 2014 (7:00-8:30 p.m.) at The Museum of Russian Art. This first performance in TMORA’s “Music at the Museum” spring 2014 concert series places “unaccompanied choral music from the personal libraries of the Russian Imperial family and the Imperial chapels” amidst the treasures of the Museum’s current exhibit, “The Romanovs: Legacy of an Empire Lost.“
Silver Swan is a Minneapolis vocal chamber ensemble whose repertoire spans five centuries and includes everything from opera to German lieder to oratorio performed as soloists and in large choruses. Claiming “a special love for music for music of the nineteenth century,” their Web site also claims they are one of the few vocal ensembles in the United States that includes “Russian music with that of Western Europe and America on a consistent basis.”
The ensemble is comprised of the following members:
- Soprano Kim Sueoka
- Mezzo-soprano Judith Melander
- Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski
- Tenor Roy Heilman
- Baritone, founder and artistic director John Bitterman
Other installments in TMORA’s "Music at the Museum” spring series include:
- “Seasons of the Year with Tchaikovsky” (Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.)—Features pianist Denis Evstuhin and NPR Classical music host Mindy Ratner
- “Carnegie Hall preview Concert” (Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.)—Previews Russian pianist Alexander Yakovlev’s upcoming Carnegie Hall debut which includes Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition,” Igor Stravinsky’s “Petrouchka,” plus selections from Mozart and Brahms.
The price for each of these events is $25 apiece for members and $30 apiece for non-members. Seating is limited. Minnesota may be in the throes of one of its harshest winters, but these upcoming musical events promise to alleviate the chill with their expectations of sonorous beauty and Russian charm.