Eugene Sirotkine to perform ‘The Kiss’

Pianist Eugene Sirotkine will perform.

Pianist Eugene Sirotkine will perform.

Eugene Sirotkine will give a piano recital entitled The Kiss,  at the Round Hill Community Church on Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. He will play selections from the twentieth century repertoire.

“The pieces on this program are all new to me. While learning them, I was thinking of a first kiss, something a youth would experience, or the anticipation of that experience,” Mr. Sirotkine said.

Coincidentally, the lengthy last piece on the program is entitled The Kiss of the Infant Jesus,  where the anticipation is stretched and the Kiss comes in all its glory.

The first piece by Alexander Skryabin is the Fourth Piano Sonata Op. 30, which begins his second period, 1903-1907. During this period Mr. Scryabin’s music becomes more chromatic and dissonant, yet still mostly adheres to traditional functional tonality. He wanted his music to have a radiant, shining feeling to it and achieved this by raising a greater number of chord tones.

The titles of the preludes in Claude Debussy’s, Four Preludes from Book I and II,   are highly significant, both in terms of their descriptive quality and in the way they were placed in the written score.

The titles are written at the end of each work allowing the performer to experience each individual sound world with fresh ears, without being influenced by the title beforehand.

Mr. Sirotkine is a St. Petersburg-born conductor who debuted with the Latvian Philharmonic in St. Petersburg in 1989. He was assistant conductor and chorus master with The New York Metropolitan Opera from 1999 until 2008.

He is now in his 15th year as conductor and musical director of the Hudson Valley Singers. Sirotkine is currently interim Minister of Music at Round Hill Community Church.

Over the past two decades Mr. Sirotkine has conducted orchestras and choruses worldwide, including The Hong Kong Philharmonic, Cuyo National University Symphony Orchestra of Argentina, The National Symphony Orchestra of Rio de Janeiro, The Cali Philharmonic of Colombia, The Cape Philharmonic and Cape Town Opera of South Africa. He has conducted The Kennedy Center Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and The New York Metamorphoses Orchestra, in collaboration with The Paul Taylor Dance Company, at City Center, New York.

There will be a reception in the parlor following the concert. The tickets are adults $25 and students $5.  The church is located at 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit Roundhillcommunitychurch.org or call 203-869-1091.

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