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Valentine concert will offer Borodin quartet along with French songs

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The Callinectes Musical Consort rehearses for the upcoming program.

The Callinectes Musical Consort on Valentine’s Day, Sunday, February 14, will join Capitol Opera Richmond in a program of romantic music. The concert, to benefit the Northern Neck Orchestra (NNO), will begin at 4 p.m. at Goodluck Cellars, 1025 Good Luck Road, Kilmarnock.

On a day traditionally dedicated to love and romance, frequently celebrated in song, the romantic genre is the focus of this event, reported NNO public relations chairman Terry Green.

The program will open with “Melodies,” sung by members of the Capitol Opera Richmond. They will present works by French composers of the 19th and 20th centuries. Sung in French, with words from poems by Paul Verlaine and others, the texts will be printed with English translations: “Her name is sweet as honey; her eyes are made from a corner of heaven … .” Romantic indeed! said Green.

Following an intermission, the Callinectes Musical Consort, made up of Tom Lindsay, Eric Jacobson, Steve Custer and Anne Baltrusaitis, members of the string section of the NNO, will perform Alexander Borodin’s String Quartet No. 2, an example of Russian art music.

Borodin was a Russian Romantic composer—a member of the group of composers called The Five, including Cesar Cui, Modest Mussorgsky and Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, all of whom were dedicated to producing a specifically Russian kind of art music, said Green. Their music is lush and exotic, with Borodin’s score singularly exquisite.

One of the movements is often thought of as a love duet between the viola and violin, continued Green. A cellist, Borodin was an enthusiastic chamber musician, an interest that deepened during his studies in Heidelberg between 1859 and 1861.

This early period yielded, among other chamber works, a string sextet and a piano quartet. Adaptations of the second and third movements of the String quartet in D Major were used in the hit Broadway play, “Kismet” as they became “Baubles, Bangles and Beads,” “And This Is My Beloved.”

Several additional pieces adapted from Borodin’s music including portions of the opera “Prince Igor,” “Symphony No. 2,” “Polovetsian Dances” and “String quartet No. 1,” were also melded into the play’s musical score. “Kismet” won the Tony Award for best musical in 1954.

Admission is $25 per person. Tickets may be purchased at northernneckorchestra.org/tickets, or at the door. Students are admitted free with online reservations.

posted 02.03.2016

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