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90 minutes with 10-minute intermission
Seating limited to 70, first-come, first-served, light refreshments will be served before and after the performance

Pianist Ekaterina Willewald presents her program “Ballet Russes” to accompany the exhibition, Giselle. Suites by Tchaikovsky, Borodin, and Prokofiev will be included. Before each piece, Ekaterina will briefly explain the historical context in which these pieces were created, including events in the composers’ lives and their countries. The audience will hear what inspired the composers, their influences, and the deep connections between music, literature, painting, and architecture of the time.

Since making her concert debut in Moscow as a featured soloist with the Moscow State Philharmonic Orchestra playing Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue,” Ekaterina Willewald has been invited to play on both sides of the Atlantic. Mrs. Willewald is a founder, lecturer, and performer in the piano concert series at Goethe-University Frankfurt am Main. From 2000 to 2005 she presented many concerts featuring great Russian and European composers and their masterworks, covering an immense part of the piano repertoire.

The performance will include:

Tchaikovsky’s  “The Nutcracker Suite” (transcription by M. Pletnev)

Borodin’s “Polovtsian Dances”

Prokofiev’s “Cinderella”

Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”

This program is offered in partnership with Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area during the Hidden Treasures Festival of Nature, Culture & History. Learn more at freedomsway.org.