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Between December 1875 and November 1876, Tchaikovsky had a short piano piece published each month accompanied by a short poem. These became “The Seasons,” a collection of works that takes the listener throughout a year, including a cozy fireside scene in January, music evoking a May evening, and the October harvest season, just to name a few. His entry for April is accompanied by a beautiful poem by Russian poet Apollon Maykov, which reads:

“The blue, pure snowdrop-flower,

and near it the last snowdrops.

The last tears over past griefs,

and first dreams of another happiness.”

We’ll hear Katheryn Chen’s performance of Tchaikovsky’s “April – Snowdrop,” on an All-Tchaikovsky Arizona Encore. The program also features a performance of the Serenade for Strings with the Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra, a work which Tchaikovsky felt “came from the heart,” and piano music inspired by an Eastern Slavic folk style.

Featuring performances by Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra; Robert Moody, conductor; Christie Solomon, piano; Katheryn Chan, piano; Nathan Lam and Rachel Dai, piano

Tchaikovsky – Serenade for Strings in C Major, Op. 48 – Arizona Musicfest Festival Orchestra; Robert Moody, conductor

I. Pezzo in forma di sonatina: Andante non troppo – Allegro moderato

II. Valse: Moderato – Tempo di valse

III. I gie: Larghetto elegiac

IV. Finale (Tema russo): Andante – Allegro con spirito

Tchaikovsky - Dumka in C Minor, Op. 59 - Christie Solomon, piano
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IV. April: Snowdrop

Tchaikovsky - Waltz of the Flowers - Nathan Lam and Rachel Dai, piano

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