Folk, Form, and Fire: The Prokofiev Piano Concertos (Feb 24)
A Tribute to Maya Plisetskaya (Feb 25—28)
For the second year in a row, the renowned Mariinsky Theatre presents a combination of music and ballet programs at BAM that showcase its rich Russian heritage: a Prokofiev marathon and four distinct ballet programs dedicated to Maya Plisetskaya, one of the greatest ballerinas of the Soviet era who died last May.
The Mariinsky at BAM begins on Feb 24 with a momentous music event: four pianists including Sergei Babayan, Alexander Toradze, Sergey Redkin (and one to be announced) will tackle all five Prokofiev piano concertos in chronological order, conducted by Mariinsky’s Artistic Director Valery Gergiev in one marathon concert.
The orchestra also accompanies two reigning prima ballerinas—Diana Vishneva and Uliana Lopatkina—in some of their favorite dances (Feb 25—28), including Woman in a Room and The Dying Swan. Gergiev pays a special tribute to Plisetskaya when he conducts Ravel’s Bolero to her filmed performance on February 25.
Artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev is one of the leading figures in world culture. In 1988, he was appointed principal conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre, and in 1996 he became its artistic and general director. Since Gergiev became artistic director, the theater’s opera and ballet repertoire has expanded significantly. Today, it includes an incredibly broad range of operas by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, Puccini, Mussorgsky, and Tchaikovsky in addition to 20th-century European classics such as operas by Leoš Janáček, Richard Strauss, Dmitry Shostakovich, Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten, and Rodion Shchedrin.
BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Ave)
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