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Aiken Symphony Orchestra presents Dvorak & Rachmaninoff
April 2, 2019
Aiken Symphony Orchestra presents Dvorak & Rachmaninoff. Russian Romantic composer Alexander Borodin’s gift for melody and rhythm are evident in Polovtsian Dances. Even more, the composer’s most popular work, based on the 12th-century epic poem, “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign.” The 1953 Broadway musical Kismet incorporated a number of the work’s themes. Furthermore, opened the 2014 Winter Olympics of Sochi.
The USCA Festival Chorus joins the April Concert for Antonin Dvořak’s joyful cantata, Te Deum. Three months before Dvořak’s departure for the U.S., the president of New York’s National Conservatory of Music asked the composer to write a new work. Similarly, a cantata suitable for celebrating the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America.
Written in 1940, Symphonic Dances represents Sergei Rachmaninoff’s last complete work. Certainly, the only one he wrote completely in the U.S. Many consider it his finest work for orchestra. He died two years after the work’s premiere in January 1941. Consequently, without having attempted any further compositions.