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When Art Danced with Music - Ballet Russes, Diaghilev and his Circle

  • The Christchurch Centre 46 Reading Road Henley-on-Thames, England, RG9 1AG United Kingdom (map)
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Dr. Natalia Murray, Maria Levandovskaya (piano) and Opera Prelude’s young artists.

Dr. Natalia Murray, specialist in History of Russian Art introduces Sergei Diaghilev, one of the most important impresarios of the 20th century. A central figure in the artistic world of St. Petersburg, Paris, London, Rome, Berlin and Madrid, Diaghilev formed close friendships with Stravinsky, Coco Chanel, Prokofiev and Jean Cocteau. Many extraordinary pieces of music were composed especially for Ballet Russes - the company responsible for reawakening of interest in ballet in Europe and America, in bringing Russian culture to the attention of the rest of the Western world, and in presenting ballet as an equal partnership of movement, music, and visual design, in which all of the creative participants—composers, designers, and choreographers, as well as the inventors of plots and authors of scenarios—exerted an influence upon other aspects of their collaborative works.

This Morning’s lecture includes arias and songs by Tchaikovsky, Rymsky-Korsakov and Debussy, sung by Opera Prelude soprano Sophie Pullen accompanied by Russian pianist, Maria Levandovskaya who will also play Prokofiev’s piano pieces.