More from this show

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
Tchaikovsky – The Seasons, Op.37 – Katheryn Chan, piano

IV. April: Snowdrop

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

Illustration of columns of a capitol building with text reading: Arizona PBS AZ Votes 2024

Arizona PBS presents candidate debates

Three main characters from mystery shows premiering this summer
airs June 16

It’s the Summer of Mystery!

Celebrate Juneteenth with Arizona PBS

A photo of Olivia Ford and the cover of her book,
June 26

Join us for PBS Books Readers Club!

Subscribe to Arizona PBS Newsletters

STAY in touch

Subscribe to Arizona PBS Newsletters: