Vox Musica has invited the internationally acclaimed Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet back for another season of performances in Sacramento. The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, formed in 1939, is one of Russia’s iconic professional string ensembles. You do not want to miss the stunning sounds of this world famous quartet. The quartet will perform String Quartet No. 1 (“From My Life”) by Czech composer Bedřich Smetana, Schostakovich’s Quartet n.3, and they will accompany Vox Musica on John Tavener’s The Bridegroom.
The Rimsky-Korsakov String Quartet, based in Saint Petersburg, Russia, formed in 1939, is a monument to Russian musical history. The present members Mikhail Bondarev (violin), Ekaterina Belisova (violin), Alexei Popov (viola), Anton Andreev (cello) are graduates of the Saint Petersburg Conservatory who, by virtue of a shared background steeped in the grand tradition of Russian music making, achieve organic and convincing interpretations of a diverse repertoire of masterworks, Russian classics, and contemporary masters. The Quartet champions the music of Russian composers with the core of their repertoire being the music of Borodin, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Taneyev and Stravinsky. They also perform lesser-known masterworks of Glinka, Alabiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Gretchaninov, Miaskovsky and Mossolov. The group is an exponent of contemporary composers having recently premiered Hans Werner Henze’s Piano Quintet at the Berliner Philharmonie. Furthermore, they have been active in presenting premiere performances of young composers in Saint Petersburg. Since 1989, the group has been actively touring abroad and has made appearances at numerous prestigious music festivals. At home, in Saint Petersburg they have appeared at “The Music Spring,” “From Vanguard to the Present Days,” “Ways of Sound,” and “Five Evenings” festivals; in Germany, they have performed at the Wurzer Sommerkonzerte and the Wachenheimer Serenade; in Great Britain, at the Oundle International Festival; in Italy, at the Festival Internazionale della Chitarra (Syracuse), Festival Internazionale della Chitarra Nicolo Paganini (Parma), and Palazzo del Priggione (Venice); in Finland at the festival of chamber music in Imatra; in Yugoslavia at Nomus; and in Poland at the Festival of Organ and Chamber Music in Kamen Pomorsky. The Quartet regularly performs in Saint Petersburg’s Academic Glinka Capella and in the Shostakovich Philharmonic Concert Hall. Abroad, they have appeared in Rome, Italy at the RAI concert hall, Oratorio Gonfallone, the Auditorium del Seraphicum, and the Ghione Theatre; also in the Pinacoteca Nazionale di Bologna; and at the Conservatory of Palermo; in Paris at the concert halls of UNESCO and St. Chapelle; in Switzerland at the Theater Basel; in Berlin, Germany at the Schauspielhaus and the Kammermusiksaal der Philarmonie, and in Bonn at the Klassische Philharmonie. The Quartet regularly collaborates with outstanding musicians from around the world, and has made many professional sound recordings released on labels in German, the United States, France, and in Russian. Visit their website for more information: http://en.rkq.spb.ru
(7:00 pm – 8:30 pm)
Tickets: $20.00 pre-sale; $25.00 at the door
Location: Beatnik Studios (723 S Street, Sacramento, CA, 95811)
A collaborative cultural project with members of the Nisenan Native American Tribe that seeks to preserve and support their indigenous music.
Last spring Vox Musica premiered their performance of NISENAN: A Cultural Music Project. This year we are lucky enough to have been invited by the tribe to share this performace again as part of the Nisenan Heritage Day celebration. NISENAN: A Cultural Music Project is a collaboration between two unlikely groups; a tiny Native American Tribe from the foothills of Northern California, and a woman’s choral ensemble from Sacramento. Three years of building relationships and connections has lead to this significant cultural and historic concert project. For More information about our ongoing efforts to support the culutre and music of the Nisenan and the back story and music visit our project page click here!. Join us in grass valley and celebrate the rich history of the Nisenan people.
(3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Location: Sierra College (250 Sierra College Drive, Grass Valley, 95945)
Click Here for a map of the Sierra College Campus: [SierraCollegeNevadaCounty.pdf]
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