Prince: Polovtsian Dances
Te Deum, Op. 103 with USCA Festival Chorus
Russian Romantic composer Alexander Borodin’s gift for melody and rhythm are evident in Polovtsian Dances, the composer’s most popular work, based on the 12th-century epic poem, “The Tale of Igor’s Campaign.” A number of the work’s themes were incorporated into the 1953 Broadway musical Kismet and opened the 2014 Winter Olympics of Sochi.
The USCA Festival Chorus joins the April Concert for Antonín Dvořák’s joyful cantata, Te Deum. Three months before Dvořák’s departure for the United States, the president of New York’s National Conservatory of Music asked the composer to write a new work – a cantata suitable for celebrating the 400th anniversary of the discovery of America.
Written in 1940, Symphonic Dances represents Sergei Rachmaninoff’s last complete work and the only one he wrote completely in the United States. Many consider it his finest work for orchestra. He died two years after the work’s premiere in January 1941 without having attempted any further compositions.