October 8, 2016, 8:00 pm

Blue Mountains Theatre

Simon Tedeschi

Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition”

 

Extraordinary Australian pianist and Blue Mountains Concert Society Patron, Simon Tedeschi, performs one of the greatest works in the keyboard literature, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition.

 

Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition is a suite in ten movements, interspersed with a Promenade. Inspired by Mussorgsky’s dear friend Viktor Hartmann, the celebrated Russian artist and architect, this piece is a walk in the composer’s mind’s eye as he surveys an exhibition of Hartmann’s work (now sadly either lost or destroyed) that features different figments and scenes of Europe and its inhabitants and reflects his reaction to the pictures seen.

Simon Tedeschi brings his own magic to this iconic piano masterwork and in the hands of this truly remarkable performer, the piece moves though many shades, dialogues and humour to a monumental finale at the gate that symbolises the attempted assassination of Tsar Alexander II (The Great Gate Of Kiev).

 

This will be the final concert of the 2016 concert series.   After the performance, and as a way to thank its many patrons for their many years of support, concert attendees are invited to join the BMCS committee at a complimentary 50th anniversary celebration supper.