Following GéNIA’s overcrowded performance at the National Portrait Gallery in London in May this year, GéNIA is launching a Secret Concert Series across London.The events will take place in nontraditional central London locations, where GéNIA aims to play not only her established repertoire and compositions, but premiere her new works, accompanied by various stories about the music and life around it. After tickets are purchased, the audience will be notified 48 hours before the event about the exact location.These concerts are aimed for an intimate audience who love GéNIA’s music, and provide an opportunity to enjoy her playing and meeting her whilst sipping a glass of wine. The first concert will be held on Friday, the 15th July 2016 at 8:00 pm and the tickets will go on sale shortly.
What we can say about the first secret concert: The concert will start at 8pm with the recommended get in at 7:30 pm. The location of the
GéNIA at the National Portrait Gallery
venue is in a close walking distance from the Royal Albert Hall and a few minutes walk from Hyde Park. As GéNIA says herself: ‘I am very excited about this concert, as the Steinway & Sons piano at the location is the best instrument that I have encountered in the whole of the UK.’
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GéNIA has been invited to perform an all-Russian programme for the exhibition that is currently taking place at the National Portrait Gallery, entitled ‘Russia and the Arts’.
‘I wanted to see the exhibition before my concert, and must say I was moved to the core, whilst spending my time with the paintings, which were brought specially from the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow. Not only were the paintings in themselves amazing; the art of Konstantin Korovin and Mikhail Vrubel and many other Russian painters go straight to your heart, and play with your emotions, but the intensity and depth of faces of the musicians, artists, singers, writers, poets, as well as the Russian financiers who supported the arts, accompanied by thoughtful and informative notes, completely transferred me to that era and really represented the side which many in the West call ‘Russian’: the depth, sometimes to the extent of tragedy, beauty and intelligence.
Looking at the faces of Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Shalapin, Tchaikovsky to name a few, every portrait looked profound.
I am very much looking forward to the concert, and hope that, through the music that I am going to play, people will be able to connect more deeply with the Russian heritage. It is a great honour to be performing a Russian programme for this special exhibition, which includes the music of Piotr Tchaikovsky, Alexander Scriabin, Sergei Rachmaninoff and my two Russian-based theme compositions.’ says GéNIA
Portraits of famous Russian writers, poets, musicians, actors, art supporters and craftsmanship of Russian painters, accompanied by thought provoking comments, convey the concept of Russian soul, and its creativity. Treasured paintings supplied by Tretyakov Gallery are not to be missed by anyone who is interested in Russian art and culture.
In addition to this, Fazioli pianos will be supplying one of their finest instruments especially for this concert.
Here are the details:
Friday, 20 May 2016
Piotr Tchaikovsky: October (‘Autumn Song;) & June (‘Barcarolle’) from The Seasons op.37
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Preludue in C Minor, Op. 23 No.7
Alexander Scriabin: Etude in C sharp Minor from Three Pieces Op. 2
GéNIA: Autumn Blues & Russian Song from ‘Dreams of Today, Thoughts of Tomorrow’
Sergei Rachmaninoff: Sonata No. 2 op. 36 in B Minor (Second Edition):
I Allegro Agitato II Non Allegro III L’Istesso tempo – Allegro Molto
Entrance is free, but we recommend that you get in well in advance, as the spaces are limited.