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Academic Music of the 21st Century. Three Concerts at Yasnaya Polyana

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This season, we offer our audience the program Academic Music of the 21st Century, in which we want to tell about what is going on in the world of contemporary composers and performers. The program consists of an introductory lecture and three concerts that will take place on Saturdays from February to April of 2018 at the Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center.  

The program will start on February 24, with a lecture by the music critic Aleksei Munipov. What is contemporary academic music and how is it created? Do you have to know something before going to a concert, or is all the necessary information already present in the piece itself? The lecture One Hundred Years of Searching: from Stravinsky to Kurlyandsky is a short history of composers’ experiments in the 20th and 21st centuries: from Schoenberg’s atonality and Stravinsky’s polyrhythmy to the “SoMa” Russian composers’ group’s discoveries.

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The first concert, on March 3, 2018, will include works by Pavel Karmanov, Aleksei Kurbatov, and a number of modern foreign composers performed by three musicians: Sergey Poltavsky (alto, electronic instruments), Evgeny Rumyantsev (cello, electric guitar), and Pavel Dombrovsky (piano, mini grand piano). This concert will be characterized by a mix of classical music, minimalism, and romanticism, including jazz, and experiments with electronics. The young musicians, winners of prestigious performers’ contests who also perform individually, will come together especially for this concert at Yasnaya Polyana.

The second concert will take place on March 31, 2018 with St. Petersburg composer Alexander Manotskov; he composes music in many different genres (from avant-garde to church music) both for soloists and symphony orchestras. Alexander Manotskov and the Courage Quartet string group will jointly present the composer’s instrumental pieces and songs from a number of cycles: They Sang (for poems by Kharms, Vvedensky, and Jimenez); Mama, for which Manotskov also authored the lyrics for his compositions; and Psalms and Dances for poems, by Ukrainian poets. Manotskov’s music is a way to organize the world; it is intellectual, unpredictable and hypnotic. “Music reacts to the most essential question – the question of life and death. When you sing a song about anything, you sing about that, and nothing else,” Alexander Manotskov believes. 

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The third concert establishes a firm connection between the music of the past, modern academism, and  accessible post-minimalism. The program at Yasnaya Polyana will end on April 21, 2018 with a solo performance by Polina Osetinskaya, one of the leaders of the young generation of Russian pianists. Polina Osetinskaya will present the Lullabies project which includes piano miniatures by modern and 19th century composers. The pianist explains that this musical genre, though intended for children, is also able to express adult emotions. Her program clearly demonstrates connections between decorative pieces by Respighi and Chopin and salon miniatures by Tchaikovsky and Rakhmaninov, and the timeless unreal sketches of Sergey Akhunov, in which it is as if time disappears. The media wrote about this program: “It seemed Franz Liszt knew what Anton Batagov wrote, and Robert Schumann responded to Valentin Silvestrov and Leonid Desyatnikov. As in a dream, the facets of objects, notes, and lives stand out tangibly and significantly.”

The schedule:

February 24, 2018, Saturday, 15:00

Aleksei Munipov. Lecture: One Hundred Years of Searching: from Stravinsky to Kurlyandsky

Admission is free, registration in advance is required: https://yaspol.timepad.ru/event/666074/

March 3, 2018, Saturday, 15:00

Contemporary classical: trio, electrified acoustics, and mini grand piano

Sergey Poltavsky (alto, electronic instruments)

Evgeny Rumyantsev (cello, electric guitar)

Pavel Dombrovsky (piano, mini grand piano)

Cost of a ticket – 900 rubles

Electronic tickets: https://yaspol.timepad.ru/event/666038/

March 31, 2018, Saturday, 18:00

Alexander Manotskov and Courage Quartet

Instrumental music and songs from the cycles They Sang, Mama, Psalms and Dances

Cost of a ticket – 900 rubles

Electronic tickets: https://yaspol.timepad.ru/event/666056/ 

April 21, 2018, Saturday, 15:00

Polina Osetinskaya, Moscow (piano)

Lullabies project.  Piano miniatures by composers of the 19th and 21st centuries

Cost of a ticket – 900 rubles

Electronic tickets:https://yaspol.timepad.ru/event/666061/ 

Cost of a subscription to three concerts – 2200 rubles.

Tickets can be purchased at:

Yasnaya Polyana Gallery, tel.: +7 4872 473580

(Tula, Oktyabrskaya St., 12)

Hours of operation: Tuesday-Sunday, 11:00 – 19:00, closed Mondays

Yasnaya Polyana Cultural Center, тел.: +748751 76396 (Yasnaya Polyana Village, 142А)

Detailed information (in Russian) at http://www.ypdeka.ru/koncerty/

 
 
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