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Russian Piano Concert

"Russian Piano Masterpieces" by Anna Keiserman, Piano

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Piano Concert
When: Sunday, April 30, 2017
Time: 3:00pm –4:30pm
Where: New Russia Cultural Center
1550 Broadway Rensselaer NY 12144
Admission: $10


Anna Keiserman began her piano studies at age five and, at fifteen, made her concerto debut with Volgograd Symphony National Orchestra. She received her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Gnesins Russian Academy of Music, Moscow. Today, she concertizes worldwide as a soloist and a chamber musician in the United States, Italy, Russia, and Ukraine. Anna is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Solo Piano Performance at Rutgers University, in the studio of Min Kwon.


SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943)     Etudes-tableaux, Op. 33
NIKOLAI MEDTNER (1879-1951                 Piano Sonata in g minor, Op.22
RODION SHCHEDRIN (1932-)                    A la Albeniz           
RODION SHCHEDRIN                                Troika
RODION SHCHEDRIN                                Two Polyphonic Pieces
                                                                     Two-part Invention 
                                                                     Basso Ostinato
Notes on the Program
The Etudes- tableaux, Op.33 are intended as “picture studies”, evocations in music of visual stimuli, though Rachmaninoff was never specific about what inspired each piece; he preferred to leave such interpretations to listener and performer, suggesting they should “paint for themselves what it most suggests.”
The Sonata in g minor, Op.22 by N Mednter is one of the composer’s most famous sonatas. This Sonata-concerto in one movement is expressive, highly romantic and impetuous music. The concert will finish with gems by the Russian composer Rodion Shchedrin, whose wife Maya Plisetskaya was a famous Russian ballet dancer. Shchedrin’s music is colorful, with snatches of folk music and sparkles of humor.

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