About This Program

Approximate length 1:30

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Join the SPCO for a night of music and art at The Museum of Russian Art in South Minneapolis! Come early for the social hour and enjoy beer, wine and cocktails while you stroll through the galleries. Then, listen to chamber works by Dvořák, Mendelssohn and contemporary composer Vivian Fung while surrounded by Russian masterpieces in the museum’s main hall. An extended intermission will give you a chance to order another drink and explore the museum before the second half of the program.

Tickets: $20 (includes museum admission)

Social hour 7:00pm-8:00pm
First half of program 8:00-8:30pm
Intermission 8:30pm-9:00pm
Second half of program 9:00pm-9:30pm

About the music:

Heart-on-your-sleeve romanticism and sheer melodic beauty are hallmarks of Dvořák’s Terzetto for Two Violins and Viola, while Mendelssohn injects his String Quintet with grand and sweeping gestures and high energy. At the center of this program is a piece by Vivian Fung, a brilliant young Canadian composer whose Violin Concerto made a splash in the SPCO’s Neighborhood Series.

About the art:

Main gallery exhibition:
Masterpieces of the 20th Century: Russian Realist Tradition brings together approximately sixty superb works by prominent Soviet artists of the post-WWII period. This stellar assemblage of renowned names includes Sergei Gerasimov, Konstantin Maksimov, Vladimir Stozharov, Geli Korzhev, and many others. Technically proficient and stylistically diverse, these works transcend the rigid categories of stereotypical Soviet art. Their rich, vigorous brushwork explores the unique tradition of Russian realism, breathing new life into artistic trends that flourished previously in pre-revolutionary Russia.

Lower level gallery exhibition:
Olexa Bulavitsky: Immigrant Experiences and Ukrainian-Amerian Art. The exhibition unfolds the story of an immigrant artist, from his early years of professional training in Ukraine and Leningrad to displaced persons (DP) camp in Germany after WWII, immigration to the US, and a successful professional career in Minneapolis, MN. The display will include over 40 paintings.


SPCO concerts are made possible by audience contributions.


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