Washington and Lee University presents Faculty Recital Musical Innovators: Prokofiev and Shostakovich

September 12, 2021

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm



Faculty Recital Musical Innovators: Prokofiev and Shostakovich
Gregory Parker, Baritone | Anna Billias, Piano

Sunday, September 12, 2021 at 3 p.m.
Wilson Concert Hall*
No tickets are required.
Performance will be streamed: https://livestream.com/wl

* This performance is open to the public—MASKS ARE REQUIRED

Sergei Prokofiev was one of many composers looking to shed the trappings of romanticism and open new vistas in musical expression. Likewise, Dmitri Shostakovich, 15 years younger than Prokofiev, combined an eclectic array of compositional techniques into his works.

In this recital, Anna Billias and Gregory Parker will present works by these two innovative composers. Selections include Prokofiev’s "Three Romances After Pushkin", with texts that include the proletarian subjects that were more common in the composer’s songs after his return to the Soviet Union in 1936. Also, Dr. Billias will play his "Fifth Piano Sonata", which features surprisingly light colors and a clarity not typical of Prokofiev’s overall tone. Shostakovich will be represented by his "Three Fantastic Dances" for piano with its grotesque and exquisite harmonies as well as a selection of preludes from his Opus 34.

Also Parker and Billias will present Shostakovich’s "Four Romances on Poems" by Pushkin, which feature the dark themes of an oppressed artist, something he truly was at this point in his career.

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