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Spring Orchestra Concert Features Russian Music

Published: April 13, 2006 | Category: Arts

The SUU Orchestra under the direction of Xun Sun, will be performing it’s final concert of the season as a part of the SUU Town & Gown Series on Monday, April 24 at 7:30 pm in Thorley Hall. The performance will include two famous orchestral works, Polovtsian Dances from ‘Prince Igor’ by Alexander Borodin and The FireBird Suite by Igor Stravinsky.

Polovtsian Dances From ‘Prince Igor’ by Alexander Borodin is a well-known Russian concert work. Borodin was one of "The Mighty Five" Russians who wrote the nationalist music of his time. The piece premiered in St. Petersburg in 1879. The soaring melody of the first dance is recognizable because of its use for the Broadway musical Kismet for the song "Strangers in Paradise."

Igor Stravinsky’s The FireBird Suite combines the Russian nationalist sound with a French sound to create an unmistakably Stravinsky sound. The music features clean orchestral textures, bright instrumentation, and an emphasis on irregular rhythms.

For advance tickets to the SUU Spring Orchestra Concert, please call 435-586-7878, single tickets for this are $6 for adults, $4 for SUU faculty and staff, and $3 for students and children. Tickets are also available at the door. For more information call 435-865-8800 or go online to

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