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One Month Out: Dmitri Hvorostovsky, 5/19/14

By Schubert Club

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Dmitri Hvorostovsky, baritone • Ivari Ilja, piano
Monday, May 19, 2014
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
Join us at 6:45pm in the Marzitelli Foyer for a pre-concert talk
“One of the most remarkable international vocal careers of recent years. His voice is redolent of luxury: beautiful tone, pinpoint intonation, elegant, and impassioned delivery.”
    − New York Times
ST. PAUL, Minn. (April 16, 2014) – The Schubert Club concludes the 2013-2014 International Artist Series season with Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Estonian pianist Ivari IIja on Monday, May 19, 2014 at Ordway Center.  Mr. Hvorostovsy last appeared on the International Artist Series in 1999.  For his upcoming concert in May he will present a program of songs by Tchaikovsky, Medtner, Liszt and Rachmaninoff.
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
At bedtime (Na son grjadushchij)
Frenzied nights (Nochi bezumnyje)
The nightingale (Solovej)
I bless you, forests (Blagoslovljaju vas, lesa)
Don Juan’s serenade (Serenada Don Zhuana)
Nicolas Medtner
Gone are my heart’s desires (Ya pyeryezhil svoi zhyelan’ya)
To a dreamer (Mechtatelju)
The wanderer’s night song (Nochnaja pesn’ strannika)
Winter’s evening (Zimnii vecher)
Franz Liszt 
from Tre sonetti di Petrarca, S 280
Pace non trovo, e non ho da far guerra
I’ vidi in terra angelici costumi
Sergei Rachmaninoff
The raising of Lazarus (Voskreshenije Lazarja)
Lilacs (Siren’)
Believe me not, friend (Ne ver’ moi drug)
Do not sing, my beauty, to me (Ne poj, krasavica, pri mne)
I wait for you (Ja zhdu tebja)

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About Dmitri Hvorostovsky:
Dmitri Hvorostovsky was born and studied in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. From the start, audiences were bowled over by his cultivated voice, innate sense of musical line and natural legato. After his Western operatic debut at the Nice Opera in Tchaikovsky’s Pique Dame, his career exploded and has included regular engagements at the world’s major opera houses and appearances at international festivals. He performs in concert with such orchestras as the New York Philharmonic and the Rotterdam Philharmonic, and conductors, including James Levine, Bernard Haitink, Claudio Abbado, Lorin Maazel, Zubin Mehta, Yuri Termikanov, and Valery Gergiev.
Hvorostovsky retains a strong musical and personal contact with Russia. He became the first opera singer to give a solo concert with orchestra and chorus on Red Square in Moscow—a concert televised in over 25 countries. He has gone on to sing concerts in Moscow as a part of the series, “Dmitri Hvorostovsky and Friends,” to which he has invited such celebrated artists as Renée Fleming, Jonas Kaufmann, Marcello Giordani, Sumi Jo, and Sondra Radvanovsky. In 2005, he gave an historic tour throughout Russia to commemorate the soldiers of the Second World War. Hvorostovsky now tours Russia and Eastern Europe annually.
Hvorostovsky’s discography spans recitals and operas. He has also starred in Don Giovanni Unmasked, an award-winning film (by Rhombus Media) based on the Mozart opera, tackling the dual roles of Don Giovanni and Leporello. Recently, he has established a collaboration with the popular Russian composer Igor Krutoi, with concerts in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Kiev, and New York. Recent recordings include a solo CD of Rachmaninoff Romances (with pianist Ivari Ilja), a DVD starring Hvorostovsky alongside Renée Fleming in a film set in St. Petersburg, and a CD/DVD recording of Verdi Opera Scenes with the Philharmonia of Russia conducted by Constantine Orbelian. The 2012–13 season included appearances at the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Bayerische Staatsoper Munich, Vienna Staatsoper, Santa Cecilia Rome, Arena di Verona, and Teatro Regio Turin; various concerts and recitals in Europe and Russia; and further CD releases on Ondine Records.
About Ivari IIja:
Estonian-born pianist Ivari Ilja studied at the Tallinn State Conservatory with Professor Laine Mets and at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory with Professor Vera Gornostayeva and Professor Sergey Dorensky. An internationally recognized accompanist and ensemble musician, he has collaborated with singers Dmitri Hvorostovsky, Irina Arkhipova, Maria Guleghina, and Elena Zaremba on many of the great concert stages of the world, including Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Avery Fisher Hall of New York, The Kennedy Center of Washington, Davies Symphony Hall San Francisco, La Scala in Milan, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Wigmore Hall in London, the Bolshoi Theatre of Moscow, and the great halls of St. Peterburg Philharmonic and Moscow Conservatory.
Ivari Ilja has also held solo recitals in France, the United Kingdom, Germany, Estonia, Russia, Sweden, Finland, and performed as a soloist with orchestras such as Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, and others.
His repertoire mostly consists of romantic music, primarily of the works by Frédéric Chopin, Johannes Brahms, Robert Schumann, but also Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Sergei Prokofiev, Benjamin Britten, and others. Since 2003, he has repeatedly toured with great Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky in the United States, Europe, Hong Kong, Japan, and elsewhere.
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The Schubert Club is an internationally renowned performing arts organization dedicated to expanding the enjoyment of music through world-class recitals, premier educational programs and rare collections of musical treasures.
Founded in 1882, The Schubert Club maintains a highly regarded national and international reputation among leading classical music performers. Its International Artists Series has brought Jascha Heifetz, Arthur Rubinstein, Cecilia Bartoli, Alfred Brendel, Renée Fleming and Yo-Yo Ma, among many others, to the Twin Cities to perform in recital for sold-out audiences.
Following decades of artistic collaboration, the Music in the Park Series is now part of The Schubert Club.  Founded over 30 years ago, the Music in the Park Series engages outstanding artists and chamber ensembles to present concerts at the St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ.
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