On Wednesday, January 23rd, the Russian Chamber Chorus of New York celebrates the 140th birthday of Rachmaninoff by performing his Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, in its unabridged form.The concert takes place at 8 pm in Holy Trinity Catholic Church (213 W. 82nd Street).
Two other Russian composers, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, are highlighted, along with Polish composer Witold Lutoslawski, in the New York Philharmonic’s concert this coming Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, January 24-26, at Avery Fisher Hall. The concert begins with Tchaikovsky’s Romeo and Juliet, moves forward 100 years in music history to Lutoslawski’s Chain 2: Dialogue with Violin and Orchestra, before finishing with Shostakovich’s ever-popular Symphony No. 5.
More Tchaikovsky can be enjoyed across the street at the Koch Theater, home of the New York City Ballet. Their Tchaikovsky Festival began on January 15th, and continues each night until the end of this week (before resuming again in the midst of February). Every evening, it’s all Tchaikovsky, all the time.
On an un-musical note, the Harriman Institute is opening a new exhibit this Wednesday, January 23rd, exploring the early 20th century art of Georgia, Russia, France and the US. The exhibit presents materials from the research project entitled “Tbilisi-Moscow-Paris-New York, 1900-1935,” and will be on view at the Harriman Atrium until February 1st.
Lastly, tomorrow, January 23rd, is the final performance of Family Happiness, Piotr Fomenko’s adaptation of the Tolstoy novella, on show at Baryshnikov Arts Center. Evidently from the New York Times review, this is not something to be missed. If you don’t have time to see it, however, don’t despair: thanks to a recent grant, more such plays should be coming to the Baryshnikov Arts Center soon.