Silver Music – Sound of Heaven

@ Unity Church of the Hills

Austin audiences will have the unique opportunity to hear KANTELE – a living legend of Karelian-Finnish epic poem Kalevala which inspired J.R.R Tolkien for creating his The Lord of the Rings!

Venue Details

Address
9905 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78750, United States (512) 335-4449

Austin audiences will have the unique opportunity to hear KANTELE – a living legend of Karelian-Finnish epic poem Kalevala which inspired J.R.R Tolkien for creating his The Lord of the Rings!

Participants: Duet “Kandeleh” – Viktoria Nizhnik and Yakov Nizhnik, and the guest artist Alena Bystritskiy (Classical harp).

About the Artists:
Viktoria Nizhnik – ethnic Livvi-Karelian, laureate of International Andreev Competition, graduate of Petrozavodsk State Conservatory (Karelia, Russia), and a former soloist of State National Ensemble of Republic of Karelia “Kantele” (Petrozavodsk, Karelia, Russia). She truly masterfully plays Karelian chromatic kantele, diatonic folk kantele, and jouhikko.

Yakov Nizhnik – graduate of Petrozavodsk State University (Karelia, Russia), received his PhD in Organic Chemistry in St.-Petersburg Institute of Technology (Russia), a professional chemist and musician amateur. He plays classical guitar and diatonic folk kantele. Besides chemistry and folk music he adores music of Richard Wagner, L. van Beethoven, G. Verdi, J.S. Bach, A. Schnittke, and King Crimson.

Alena Bystritskiy (Classical harp) studied harp with a Professor Marion Hofmann at the Rostock University of Music and Theater (Germany). She is a winner of a major international harp competitions:”Verband der Harfenisten in Deutschland e.V (2007), “Franz Reinl” (2007); and “Deutsche Bahn” (2005). Alena Bystritskiy played with orchestras: Berliner Symphoniker, RBB Symphony, North German Philharmonic, Neubrandenburg Philharmonic and Goettingen Symphony.

Tickets (at the door):
• Adults: $20
• Seniors and Students: $10
• Children under 12: free

The concert is in two movements.
First part – Alena Bystritskiy (Classical harp), Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele).

1. Clair de Lune – (suite Bergamasque) – Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
2. Sonata for Harp, 3rd Movement – Paul Hindemith (1895-1963)
3. Fantasy C-minor Op. 35 – Louis Spohr (1784-1859)
4. Impromptu Op. 86 – Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
5. Libertango – Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992)
6. The Swan – Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921); (harp and kantele)
7. Three miniatures – Gelmer Sinisalo (1920-1989); (harp and kantele)

Intemission.
You will have a chance to try Theremin. Headphones will be provided.

Second part – duet “Kandeleh” — Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele, jouhikko), Yakov Nizhnik (Karelian traditional kantele, classical guitar, metallophone)

1. Prelude from Flute Sonata by J.S. Bach (BVW 1033), classical and jazzy versions—Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (classical guitar).

2. Minuet by J.S. Bach (BVW, Anh 114) —
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (classical guitar).

3. Etude by Jean Sibelius (Op.76), a Finnish melancholy
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (classical guitar).

4. “Kalevala Runa” by I. Shishkanova, academic interpretation of archaic runic tune –
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele)

5. “South Karelian folk tune”, prepared improvisations —
Yakov Nizhnik (Karelian traditional kantele)

6. “Russian folk bipolar disorder”, cyclic medley on the four Russian folk songs –
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (classical guitar).

7. “Ukro-Finnic polka”, polyphonic fusion of Ukrainian and Karelian folk songs – Viktoria Nizhnik (jouhikko), Yakov Nizhnik (Karelian traditional kantele).

8. “Hodila mladöshen’ka”, monotonous variations on well-known Russian folk song –
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (classical guitar).

9. “Cielito lindo” by Quirino Mendoza y Cortés, —
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (classical guitar).

10. Ave Maria by pseudo-Caccini (V. Vavilov), a great musical hoax of XX century.—
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (classical guitar).

11. “A Song of Friends” by Gennadij Gladkov, nostalgic spark from our childhood cartoon “Town Musicians of Bremen””—
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (classical guitar).

12. “Nyykytys”, Karelian folk tune —
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (Karelian traditional kantele).

13. “MusiCO2”, dry ice music, fusion of music and chemistry.
Viktoria Nizhnik (Karelian chromatic kantele), Yakov Nizhnik (metallophone, dry ice).