Russian Renaissance
Wednesday, March 4, 2020, 7:30PM
Walter S. Gubelmann Auditorium

Winners of the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, Russian Renaissance vividly demonstrates their fresh, compelling take on folk and world music with instruments that have been conveying joy and sadness for centuries. On March 4, hear traditional Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso) performing arrangements of classical chamber repertoire along with jazz, tango, folk, and contemporary selections.

WEDNESDAY SOCIETY SALON
Gallery admission is included as part of a dazzling evening of entertainment on select Wednesdays. See the exhibition, hear a live performance, and enjoy a Prosecco reception before the concert and during intermission.

WEDNESDAY SOCIETY SALONS ARE GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY LINDA R. OLSSON, INC., REALTOR.

Enjoy an additional performance as part of our Film Series on March 6. In “Music of the Italian Movie Makers,” a multimedia journey of senses, emotions, and nostalgia, Russian Renaissance will provide a live-scoring of iconic Italian films, including Fellini’s acclaimed and La Dolce Vita, with original arrangements of classic film scores. A separate ticket or reservation is required for the March 6 performance.

Russian Renaissance takes performance on traditional folk instruments to the next level, modernizing the sound and making it vibrant and enticing. We marry tradition and modernity, creating a fusion of styles and eras. In our concerts, we explore new expressive techniques and genres that are not necessarily typical for Russian folk instruments in order to extend the repertoire. Russian Renaissance plays the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Francois Couperin, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Galliano, Egberto Gismonti, and others. 

 

After emerging with the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, Russian Renaissance has firmly established itself as one of the most electrifying and exhilarating ensembles of today. Through stunning performances of everything from tango and folk to Classical and jazz, Russian Renaissance is redefining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso) and capturing the attention of audiences worldwide. What makes Russian Renaissance truly special is their ability to both dazzle with breathtaking style and touch the hearts of listeners of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to their success at the M-Prize Competition, Russian Renaissance has also received a Gold Medal for Chamber Music at the 1st Vienna International Music Competition (2019), 1st prize at the 69th Coupe Mondiale in Russia (2016), and was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month (March 2018).

Recent and upcoming performance highlights include Russian Renaissance’s widely acclaimed debut at UMS (described by one critic as “one of the finest displays of musicianship in the world”), their highly anticipated debuts on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series, and appearances at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Wheaton College, Da Camera of Houston, Hope College, Festival Napa Valley, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, The Berman, Midland Center for the Arts, Musical Bridges Around the World, and National Sawdust, among other leading venues in North America. International appearances include concerts at Izumi Hall (Osaka), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, YOTASPACE Concert Hall, The Youth Theater (Rostov-on-Don), and Theater of Uzice (Serbia), in addition to extensive tours throughout Europe and Asia.

In 2019, Russian Renaissance will release their debut recording on Azica Records, featuring the works that catapulted them to international fame at the M-Prize competition and that highlight their self-proclaimed slogan of “World music with a Russian soul.”

Event Info

Winners of the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, Russian Renaissance vividly demonstrates their fresh, compelling take on folk and world music with instruments that have been conveying joy and sadness for centuries. On March 4, hear traditional Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso) performing arrangements of classical chamber repertoire along with jazz, tango, folk, and contemporary selections.

WEDNESDAY SOCIETY SALON
Gallery admission is included as part of a dazzling evening of entertainment on select Wednesdays. See the exhibition, hear a live performance, and enjoy a Prosecco reception before the concert and during intermission.

WEDNESDAY SOCIETY SALONS ARE GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY LINDA R. OLSSON, INC., REALTOR.

Enjoy an additional performance as part of our Film Series on March 6. In “Music of the Italian Movie Makers,” a multimedia journey of senses, emotions, and nostalgia, Russian Renaissance will provide a live-scoring of iconic Italian films, including Fellini’s acclaimed and La Dolce Vita, with original arrangements of classic film scores. A separate ticket or reservation is required for the March 6 performance.

Program Notes

Russian Renaissance takes performance on traditional folk instruments to the next level, modernizing the sound and making it vibrant and enticing. We marry tradition and modernity, creating a fusion of styles and eras. In our concerts, we explore new expressive techniques and genres that are not necessarily typical for Russian folk instruments in order to extend the repertoire. Russian Renaissance plays the works of Johann Sebastian Bach, Jean-Philippe Rameau, Francois Couperin, Sergei Prokofiev, Richard Galliano, Egberto Gismonti, and others. 

 

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After emerging with the $100,000 Grand Prize at the 2017 M-Prize Competition, the largest prize for chamber music in the world, Russian Renaissance has firmly established itself as one of the most electrifying and exhilarating ensembles of today. Through stunning performances of everything from tango and folk to Classical and jazz, Russian Renaissance is redefining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments (balalaika, domra/domra alto, button accordion, and balalaika contrabasso) and capturing the attention of audiences worldwide. What makes Russian Renaissance truly special is their ability to both dazzle with breathtaking style and touch the hearts of listeners of all ages and backgrounds. In addition to their success at the M-Prize Competition, Russian Renaissance has also received a Gold Medal for Chamber Music at the 1st Vienna International Music Competition (2019), 1st prize at the 69th Coupe Mondiale in Russia (2016), and was named Musical America’s New Artist of the Month (March 2018).

Recent and upcoming performance highlights include Russian Renaissance’s widely acclaimed debut at UMS (described by one critic as “one of the finest displays of musicianship in the world”), their highly anticipated debuts on Lincoln Center’s Great Performers Series and Kennedy Center’s Fortas Chamber Music Series, and appearances at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Wheaton College, Da Camera of Houston, Hope College, Festival Napa Valley, Peoples’ Symphony Concerts, The Berman, Midland Center for the Arts, Musical Bridges Around the World, and National Sawdust, among other leading venues in North America. International appearances include concerts at Izumi Hall (Osaka), Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, YOTASPACE Concert Hall, The Youth Theater (Rostov-on-Don), and Theater of Uzice (Serbia), in addition to extensive tours throughout Europe and Asia.

In 2019, Russian Renaissance will release their debut recording on Azica Records, featuring the works that catapulted them to international fame at the M-Prize competition and that highlight their self-proclaimed slogan of “World music with a Russian soul.”

TICKETS

Reserved Tickets:  $40
No charge to Four Arts Members

Tickets available:
January 15, 2020:
Chairman’s Forum and Benefactors Council members

January 29, 2020:
All Four Arts members

February 6, 2020:
Public

All purchases are final. No refunds or exchanges.

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