We have received feedback questioning our use of this title and these specific composers following Russia’s unspeakable aggression toward Ukraine. We at the Colorado Music Festival absolutely condemn Putin's war against Ukraine, but also see music as a tool of resistance and have chosen not to participate in a cultural boycott of all Russian music.
The Festival continues its Robert Mann Chamber Series, named for a beloved educator, composer, and founding member of the Juilliard String Quartet. Tchaikovsky spent some of his happiest days in Florence, and his Souvenir blends Italian romance with folk flavors from his native Russia; Russian themes also appear in his compatriot Borodin’s Sextet, particularly in the second movement (one of only two movements which have survived!). Mikhail Glinka’s massive influence on Russian classical music cannot be overstated; here, his cheerful and optimistic Trio pathétique showcases the rare combination of clarinet, bassoon, and piano.
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Members of the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra
Alexander Borodin, String Sextet in D Minor
Mihail Glinka, Trio Pathétique in D Minor
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Souvenir de Florence, Sextet in D Minor, Op. 70
- “Mr. Mann — for decades the [Juilliard String Quartet]’s de facto spokesman, institutional memory and ‘resident spark plug,’ as The Chicago Tribune called him in 1997 — remained with the ensemble for 51 years. By the time he retired in 1997 he had outlasted the entire original lineup, as well several subsequent permutations, to become one of the longest-serving members of any chamber group in the world.” Read more of the New York Times’ obituary for Robert Mann, for whom our chamber series is named