18th Season: 2012-2013

Sunday, April 28, 2013 Imagine Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky as nothing more than a lowly harmony teacher. Imagine Ludwig van Beethoven as a gigging pianist struggling to make ends meet. These chilling scenarios would have left the world starved of some of the greatest music we know. For as long as artists have created, philanthropists have […]

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17th Season: 2011-2012

Sunday, May 6, 2012 “There is no true love, save in suffering.” Sounds Russian, doesn’t it? These are actually the words of Miguel de Unamuno, a Spanish essayist, poet, playwright and philosopher. Though Spain and Russia are geographically and culturally very far apart , there is a virtually identical saying about Russians who are “only […]

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16th Season: 2010-2011

Very shortly after Janacek’s 1917 summer holiday in the Moravian spa-town of Luhacovice, he began setting the poems of Ozef Kalda – a railway official who had a knack for fiction writing – detailing a young farm boy’s infatuation with a gypsy girl. Janacek himself was living a similar story – that summer in Luhacovice […]

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