Celebrate Tsars to Tchaikovsky - ‘From Russia with Love’ at St Columb’s Hall

Kim Vaughan. (61211JC5)
Kim Vaughan. (61211JC5)

The Ballroom of St Columb’s Hall will be returned to its former 19th century glory this week for a stunning celebration of Russian music and culture.

Taking place this Thursday evening , December 8, and Friday evening, December 9,in the Ballroom of St. Columb’s Hall, some of the city’s finest musicians are preparing to take their audience on a musical journey. From the Romantic age of Tsarist Russia, through the shifting sands of the Russian Revolution and culminating in music that triumphed over adversity under the iron fist of the Soviet regime.

Niamh McGowan. (61211JC6)

Niamh McGowan. (61211JC6)

The concert will feature many fine local musicians performing works by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and Shostakovich. Pianist, Ruth McGinley, will be joined by Cellist, Kim Vaughan who has returned to the city with her string quartet, the Benyounes Quartet. The evening will explore a range of works for piano and strings, from short pieces by Tchaikovsky and his contemporaries to Shostakovich’s powerful and poignant piano quintet, a masterpiece of the Soviet era.

Quercus Ensemble is an exciting and innovative chamber music collective based in Derry, City of Culture 2013. The ensemble draws together some of the region’s finest musicians to take a fresh look at the classical concert experience.

The Ballroom of St Columb’s Hall will recreate the opulence and grandeur of Russian salon music evenings of the period. A perfect excuse to don your winter furs and vintage glamour!

This event will be supported by two community concerts in association with the Western Health Trust. The first takes place in the Foyle Hospice tomorrow, Wednesday, December 7, with a second concert at the Foyle Disability Resource Centre this Thursday, December 8. Both begin at 1.45pm.

Ruth McGinley. (61211JC4)

Ruth McGinley. (61211JC4)

Bar facilities and Russian refreshments will be available throughout the evening in St. Columb’s Hall.

Tickets available from the Millennium Forum Box Office on: 71. 264455, priced £10, £8 Concession and £5 for students.