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On the evening before, June 23, the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony will perform the Ninth, with soloists and chorus at the Riverside Church, starting at 8:00 pm.

For more information on both concerts: The Park Avenue Chamber Symphony

The Clarion Music Society presents The Eastern Enlightenment: Russian Jewels from the Court of Catherine the Great Conductor Stephen Fox performs music by the first generation classically trained of Russian Court composers at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, May 29th, at 8:00 pm

In the ever growing field of early music where re-discovered composer's are championed continually, there has been a missing historical link, or perhaps a missing branch of the classical music family tree - the music of the Russian court. Steven Fox is on a mission to uncover and promote the the composers neglected in the wake of the Russian romantics (Glinka and those who followed ...). When you think about it it is a huge field, decades worth of music for the court, plus operas, and religious works.

Russian baroque and early classical music was initially imported as a part of a wider "westernization" by the Russian nobility, most notably by Catherine the Great (last seen in a cheesy PBS bio-pic), but the court was also interested in forming a Russian school of composition, and it is these composers that Mr. Fox has spent years uncovering and bringing back to modern audiences.

Catherine was devoted to filling the halls of her palace with music of Europe's greatest composers. Thus she lured to the capital a most illustrious group of European musicians who served as 'Court Composer' under her reign: Cimarosa, Manfredini, Galuppi, Paisiello, Sarti and others (Imagine if she looked a little north to Vienna - Mozart in the land of the Tzars!). These foreign composers were engaged not only to compose for the court, but also to instruct the most promising Russian musicians, such as Fomin, Berezovsky and Bortniansky, who in turn became great composers in their own right, and whose works will be heard be in this concert.

Clarion's program in Weill Recital Hall will give the audience a taste of what the musical offerings would have been for Catherine's guests at court - works for the salon, for the cappella and for the theater. Clarion will perform chamber works, opera arias and choral works by both native Russian composers and foreign composers working in the Imperial Court. Editions for all of these works have been prepared by Artistic Director Steven Fox, who has also re-introduced these works to Russian audiences with his pioneering work with his Russian orchestra Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg, Russia's first period-instrument orchestra.

The program includes the modern premiere of Sarti's arrangement of Berezovsky's moving setting of Psalm 51, recently discovered in London by Maestro Fox.

Clarion will be joined for this event by violinist Igor Rukhadze, concertmaster of Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg (Russia), and harpsichordist Ilya Poletaev.