U of G Musicians to Perform at River Run Centre

March 25, 2008 - News Release

University of Guelph musicians are hoping to evoke our continued romance with Russia through their performance March 28 at 8 p.m. at the River Run Centre.

Hosted by the School of Fine Art and Music, the concert titled "Russia Through Western Ears" will feature two U of G ensembles performing well-loved Russian music.

Led by John Goddard, the University of Guelph Concert Winds will perform several famous Russian works that trace connections between 19th century romantic nationalism and 20th_ century political music, including works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky and Shostakovich.

The Contemporary Music Ensemble will perform live original music composed for Dziga Vertov's classic silent film Man With a Movie Camera, which documents Soviet urban life.

Ellen Waterman, director of the performance, said her students watched the film together and through repeated viewings of each scene and hours of musical experimentation were able to arrive at their improvised performance.

"We're using quotes of familiar music from a disco beat to Chopin and a wide range of styles and instruments from violins to accordion to vocals," said Waterman. "It's been an entertaining challenge to create music that complements the rapid montage quality of the film."

Tickets are available through the River Run Centre and are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, with $5 EyeGo tickets available for high school students.

For media questions, contact Communications and Public Affairs: Lori Bona Hunt, 519-824-4120, Ext. 53338, l.hunt@exec.uoguelph.ca, or Deirdre Healey, Ext. 56982, d.healey@exec.uoguelph.ca.

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