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Alexander Slobodyanik | Tchaikovsky & Chopin | Piano Concertos No. 1

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ALEXANDER SLOBODYANIK, piano

Peter Tchaikovsky  { 1840 – 1893 }

Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Minor, Op. 23

1. I. Allegro non troppo a molto maestoso  { 21:33 }
2. II. Andantino simplice { 6:32 }
3. III. Allegro con fuoco  { 7:17 }

Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg. Valery Gergiev, conductor

Frederic Chopin  { 1810 – 1849 }

Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op. 11
4. I. Allegro maestoso  { 19:49 }
5. II. Romance. Larghetto  { 9:14 }
6. III. Rondo. Vivace  { 9:44 }

New Orleans Symphony Orchestra. Maxim Shostakovich, conductor

Encores:

7. Chopin: Etude in C Minor, Op. 10 No. 12  { 2:25 }
8. Chopin: Prelude in A Major, Op. 28 No. 7 { 1:05 }

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On September 29, 1994, a Gala Concert by the Kirov Orchestra of St. Petersburg, conducted by Valery Gergiev, with soloists bass Jerome Hines and pianist Alexander Slobodyanik, marked a new era for Morristown’s Community Theatre.

Morris County’s “event of the decade” was the triumphant culmination of a heroic community effort,  ignited and guided by the vision and determination of one Morristown resident, concert pianist Alexander Slobodyanik and his wife, Laryssa.

When he was first introduced to the silent and neglected theatre in early 1993, Mr. Slobodyanik was impressed by its parameters and acoustics, but dismayed by the skepticism and unsuccessful efforts to revitalize the theatre.  In order to revive the theatre, he believed that a unique approach of artistic support and performances of the highest artistic caliber, would prove the theatre’s potential and “give it new life”.   For this mission he gathered the support of his friends and colleagues, all artists of international prominence, and created the Morris International Festival of the Arts.  In February 1994 he invited his friend, maestro Valery Gergiev to see the theatre where he would fatefully conduct that opening concert.  Inside the frigid, icicle clad hall, Mr. Gergiev announced “ The Kirov will play here!”

When the agreement to use the Theatre was finally signed in July 1994, the magic began.  Inspired by the promise of an extraordinary event and a unique opportunity to save their beloved theatre, hundreds of volunteers came forth to be a part of the massive rehabilitation as well as preparations for the Concert.

This hugely successful Gala on September 29, launched the rebirth of the Community Theatre –  once Morristown’s crown jewel of a movie palace – into a concert hall.  The saved theatre was purchased in 1995, developed into a center for all the arts, and renamed the Mayo Performing Arts Center in 2009.

Today MPAC is a vibrant organization. It presents a wide range of programs that entertain, enrich and educate the diverse population of the region and enhance the economic vitality of northern New Jersey.

~ Laryssa Krupa

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