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Classical Californians: Adam Karelin

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Adam Karelin

Our Classical Californian this week is Adam Karelin, the Executive and Artistic Director of the Riverside Arts Academy. He’s also a composer and conductor – he’ll introduce works by some of his favorite composers, including Valentyn Silvestrov and Dmitri Shostakovich, and a movement from his oratorio, Forget Your Past. There’s also a choral setting of “Agnus Dei” by Ernesto Herrera and some musical risk-taking from violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and friends. 

He begins with a piece by a faculty member of the Riverside Arts Academy, Ernesto Herrera, and his setting of the "Agnus Dei" text.

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Ernesto Herrera: Agnus Dei

Then it's Valentyn Silvestrov's "Prayer for Ukraine" from his Maidan 2014 cycle.

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Valentyn Silvestrov: Prayer for Ukraine

The powerful choral Symphony No. 13 by Dmitri Shostakovich includes a setting in the first movement of the poem "Babi Yar" by Yevgeny Yevtushenko.

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Dmitri Shostakovich: Symphony No. 13, mvt 1 ("Babi Yar")

Both Silvestrov and Shostakovich inspired him when Adam Karelin wrote his oratorio called Forget Your Past. Here's a movement called "Prayer" from that work.

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Adam Karelin: "Prayer" from Forget Your Past

Then there are two selections featuring the iconoclastic violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja - first playing the third movement of Bela Bartok's Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet, and Piano.

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Bartok: Contrasts (mvt. 3: Sebeș)

And finally, the chaotic but joyous celebration of Serban Nichifor's "Klezmer Dance".

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Serban Nichifor: Klezmer Dance

Published on 06.19.2024