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Russian String Orchestra
Misha Rachlevsky, Music Director
Friday, October 13, 2017

String Sonata No. 3Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)
Rossini’s six string sonatas were written during the summer of 1804 when the composer was just twelve years old!

Visions Fugitives, Op. 22Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953)
The pieces, composed between 1915 and 1917, are whimsical musical vignettes and, although dissonant, are pleasant, effervescent, and bright.

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Romance in F, Op. 50Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Composed in 1803, the sweet, innocent melodies may have provided solace when Beethoven’s awareness of his deteriorating hearing was at its most acute.
Yuliya Smead, violinist

Serenade for strings, Op. 48Pyotr Tchaikovsky (1840-1993)
Written in 1880, Tchaikovsky confided to a friend that the Serenade was “a heartfelt piece, and so, I dare to think, is not lacking in real qualities.”

I. Pezzo in forma di sonatina
II. Valse
III. Élégie
IV. Finale (Tema russo)