Redding’s Performing Arts Society is presenting Alda Turgieva Plays Chopin and the Top-Seeded Russians on Friday, February 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Congregational Church, 2850 Foothill Blvd., Redding CA.
Fans of classical piano music will be in for a treat when pianist Alda Turgieva plays Chopin, plus pieces by a galaxy of famous 19th and 20th century Russian composers. The program starts off with a group of preludes from Chopin’s Op. 28 and two etudes from his Op. 25. Then Ms. Turgieva moves into the Russian portion of her program with three pieces by the mystic tonal colorist Alexander Scriabin, whose music Tolstoy described as “a sincere expression of genius.”
Next comes music from the heart of the Russian romantic tradition: three selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Seasons”, followed by two pieces by Rachmaninov, “Moment Musical” and “Elegie”. Rounding out the recital, Ms. Turgieva plays music of modern 20th Century Russia: “Three Fantastic Dances” by Shostakovich and Prokofiev’s “Suggestion Diabolique”. When Prokofiev first performed this composition at the St. Petersburg Conservatory in 1909 as a teenager, he was denounced as an “extreme leftist”, and a “bad boy of Russian music”. Since then, however, “Suggestion Diabolique” has come to be regarded as a piano masterpiece, a display of technical fireworks for concert pianists everywhere.
Alda Turgieva, originally from Russia, has resided in the U.S. with her husband Karl for the last 12 years. She is a classically trained pianist in the traditions of the Russian school. Before emigrating, she and her opera singer husband worked and toured in Russia and internationally with the famed Mariinsky Kirov Opera of St. Petersburg. Since coming to California she has worked as soloist and accompanist for Sacramento State University, the Yuba Sutter Master Chorale and various churches, opera companies and schools throughout the Northstate. Alda and Karl are now living in Redding.