On 1/19/12, Silver Swan presented a program examining the music and life of Aleksandra Feodorovna Romanova, the wife of Nicholas II and the last Empress of Russia.
As a young German countess, Alix of Hesse played, sang and collected music from all over Europe. This granddaughter of Queen Victoria became an accomplished amateur musician, and the music she collected ended up in the Imperial Library of the Romanov family.
Many art songs from Russia, France, England and Italy made their way into her collection, and they give insight into the emotional life and development of this aristocratic and strong-willed young woman. She continued to collect or receive gifts of sheet music up until shortly before she was exiled with her husband following the Russian Revolution in November, 1917.
Silver Swan presented a selection from the Russian Imperial Collection in this concert charting the life of this extraordinary figure in history.
Thursday evening, January 19, 2012 (Kreshchensky Moroze) at 7:30 p.m.; Macalester Plymouth Church, 1658 Lincoln Ave., St. Paul; tickets $17.50/$14.00
Welcome, Yulës Day
Our Christmas performance, Welcome, Yulës Day, took place on Tuesday evening,December 20, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. at Macalester Plymouth Church. This celebration of Winter, Advent and Christmas featured seasonal music from medieval England, 19th Century Russia, Germany and early America. We also got your help in singing holiday favorites from all over. That’s right, there was audience participation!
If you bought a ticket for this concert, we hope you held onto the stub. If you bring that to another concert this season, you can exchange it for a 15% discount on the ticket price for that concert! You have to turn it in, so it’s only good for one deal.
Thanks to all of you who were there to celebrate the winter holiday season with us!