Fri 17 Nov, Holywell Music Room
The oldest custom-built concert hall in Europe, the Holywell Music Room opened its doors to the public for the first time in 1748. Designed by Thomas Camplin, Vice-Principal of St Edmund Hall.The room continued as a concert venue throughout the eighteenth century and until 1836 from which time it was used for a number of other purposes including auctions and exhibitions. By the 1870s it was being used for weekly rehearsals by the Oxford Philharmonic Society and its future as a musical venue was further secured after 1910 when the Oxford University Musical Union obtained the lease on the building. The Holywell was restored and refitted in 1959-60 and since that time has been the location for many hundreds of recitals and concert series featuring prestigious visiting musicians as well as many local groups and student performers.
Facilities: Toilets, Disabled access, No bar
Haas and Dvořák of Czech; Mussorgsky and Shostakovich of Russian; Lysenko, Filtz, Shamo and Nyzhankivsky of Ukrainian cultures.
Rarely performed song cycles and excerpts (some never performed in the UK before this duet) by these legendary composers of the three Slavic countries, so close to each other, but so individual in expressing emotions and perception of the world. One of the exciting moments of the evening is the world premiere of the 'Two Russian Songs' by a highly acclaimed young Armenian composer Kristina Arakelyan.
The vocal music programme will be complemented by some outstanding solo piano works by Tchaikovsky, Lysenko and Janáček.
Multi-award winning mezzo-soprano Anna Starushkevych and the renowned pianist Lada Valesova, whose cultural roots grow deep in the mentioned cultures, are very much looking forward to sharing this special programme with the audience of Oxford.
Duration: Approximately 70 Minutes with no interval
Please note, Wheelchair spaces at the Holywell Music Room are limited in number. Please call 01865 305 305 if you require a wheelchair space.