Oct 5 “Slavic Night” Concert

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St. Basil's in Russia

Most of us are familiar with the Carter Family who drew heavily from Appalachian life and old folktales for their musical inspiration, but how many of us have heard the Russian folktale of Russlan and Ludmilla set to music? This epic fairytale tells the story of the abduction of Prince Vladimir’s daughter, Ludmilla, by an evil wizard and the attempt by the brave knight Russlan to find and rescue her. This is just one story featured at the Symphony of the Mountains “Slavic Night” concert on Saturday, October 5 at 7:30pm.

The evening will feature soloist and award-winning pianist, Dr. Chih-Long Hu. Dr. Hu has been featured on NPR stations around the country and received critical acclaim for his album “Formosa Caprices” as “Best Crossover Album” and “Best Performance” by Hu.

“Our season theme is ‘From These Mountains’ and Dr. Hu is a perfect reflection of that theme.” says Symphony of the Mountains Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth. “This incredible Taiwanese, world-class pianist is right here in our own backyard.”

This concert is filled with Russian and Czech music that was inspired by the life and folktales of the Slavic people. In addition to “Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture” by Mikhail Glinka, you will also hear one of the most famous piano concertos ever written, Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Piano, No. 1, Op. 23.” The evening will culminate in the most beloved symphony by Dvorak; “Symphony No. 7, Op. 70.” The music will create a fairytale world as seen through the eyes of these brilliant composers.

The concert will be held at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport and tickets are $35 for adults with children and students always admitted free to all Symphony of the Mountains concerts.

To purchase tickets, visit the Symphony of the Mountains’ website at www.SymphonyoftheMountains.org or call (423) 392-8423.