Russian Chamber Music Series – Vancouver Opera

Russian Chamber Music Series

Russian Chamber Music Series

Five short recitals celebrating Russian, and Russian inspired, instrumental and vocal chamber music and featuring musicians from the VO Orchestra in chamber formations. Recitals are approximately 50 minutes in length. Curated by Leslie Dala.


A Musical Tribute to Anna Akhmatova, celebrated Russian poet

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April 28 at 5:00pm
CBC Studio 700

Step into an intimate salon concert featuring poems by one of the most significant Russian poets of the 20th century set to music by John Tavener and Sergei Prokofiev.

Five Poems of Akhmatova – Sergei Prokofiev
(1917; words by Anna Akhmatova; Soprano – Karen Ydenberg; Piano – Kinza Tyrrell; 12 min)

 Akhmatova Songs – John Tavener
(1993; words by Anna Akhmatova; Soprano – Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Cello – Rebecca Whenham; 20 min)

Chetki – Arthur Lourié
(1914; words by Anna Akhmatova; Soprano – Melody Courage; Piano – Tina Chang; 12 min)


The Music of James Rolfe, Composer of The Overcoat—a musical tailoring

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April 29 at 5:00pm
CBC Studio 700

A selection of Rolfe’s vocal and instrumental chamber music repertoire.

(2005; words by Dennis Lee; Soprano – Magali Simard-Galdès, Soprano – Andrea Ludwig, & Piano – Greg Oh)

The Connection
(2001; words by Daniil Kharms; Solo marimbist – Katie Rife who also recites)

(2013; words by André Alexis; Bass/Baritone – Giles Tompkins, Piano – Leslie Dala)

Simon & Garfunkel & The Prophets Of Rage
(1993; words by James Rolfe; Soprano – Heather Pawsey, Percussion – Katie Rife, Piano – Tina Chang.)

Les vendredis – Tchaikovsky and the Great Russian Composers

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May 3 at 5:00pm
CBC Studio 700

An eclectic and exotic sampling of Russian string quartet music paired with song cycles by Dmitri Shostakovich and Nicolai Medtner.

Shostakovich Spanish Songs, Op. 100
(Peter McGillvary, Baritone; Kinza Tyrrell, Pianist)

Medtner Six Poems after Pushkin, Op. 36
(Melanie Krueger, Soprano; Leslie Dala, Pianist)

Les vendredis
(A sampling of Russian String Quartet music including works by Tchaikovsky and Borodin – Vancouver Opera Orchestra String Quartet)


A Study in Contrasts: The Music of Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich

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May 4 at 5:00pm
CBC Studio 700

Including Rachmaninoff Romances Op 38 for soprano and piano and “From Jewish Folk-Poetry” Op. 70 by Shostakovich for soprano, contralto, tenor, and piano.

Romances Op. 38
(Rachmaninoff, Soprano – Caitlin Wood, Piano – Leslie Dala)

From Jewish Folk-Poetry Op. 79
(Shostakovich, Song cycle for Soprano – Robyn Driedger-Klassen, Contralto – Leah Giselle Field, Tenor – Martin Renner Wallace, Piano – Tina Chang)


Russian Piano Music with the Bergmann Piano Duo

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May 5 at 5:00pm
CBC Studio 700

Featuring the electrifying duo pianists Marcel and Elizabeth Bergmann performing Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances and Marcel Bergmann’s Echoes of Tchaikovsky.

Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

Bergmann Echoes of Tchaikovsky
(Based on themes from 4 Tchaikovsky operas)