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"Their extensive
knowledge of the field,
the original research
that goes into each
creative program, the
well-wrought program
notes and their smart
from behind
the keyboard all combine
to create a sense of celebratory occasion
at every concert
they give."
—Andante Magazine


Pyotr the Great:
Songs of Tchaikovsky & His Circle

Tuesday, January 24, 2017, 8pm

Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, 129 West 67th Street, New York, NY
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Antonina Chehovska, soprano; Alexey Lavrov, baritone
Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, pianists

The songs of Peter Ilytch Tchaikovsky are among the the most beautiful of the Romantic era. Many of them seem autobiographical, giving expression to the emotional upheavals of his life. Following last year's Rachmaninoff Festival, NYFOS once again joins forces with the New York Philharmonic to celebrate the life of a venerable Russian composer, as part of its three-week festival Beloved Friend — Tchaikovsky and His World. The only concert to feature the rich repertoire of Tchaikovsky’s vocal music, the program also includes a selection of songs written by his students (Arensky, Taneyev, and Rachmaninoff) and his teacher (Anton Rubinstein).

Making her NYFOS debut is Ukrainian-born soprano Antonina Chehovska, a recent recipient of several prestigious awards, including the First Prize winner of the Gerda Lissner International Competition and Grand Prize winner of the Leonie Rysanek Award with the George London Foundation. Alongside Chehovska is the mighty baritone Alexey Lavrov, who returns this season to the Metropolitan Opera as Schaunard in La bohème, Silvio in I Pagliacci and Malatesta in Don Pasquale. The recent graduate of the Met's Lindemann Young Artist program shone in NYFOS’ Mainstage concert Letters from Spain, hailed by The New York Times for his “riveting interpretation ... dramatic fervor and characterful nuance."

This concert is presented as part of the New York Philharmonic's Beloved Friend — Tchaikovsky and His World: A Philharmonic Festival, January 24-February 11, 2017.

Complimentary wine reception with the artists to follow.

Tickets: $40-55. Purchase online > or call 212.501.3330

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Preview Performance:

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Vocal Arts DC, Washington DC


All NYFOS programming is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

NYFOS Mainstage and NYFOS Next are funded, in part, by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.