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Animated Works Dance to Mussorgsky's Music

"Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks"
"Ballet of the Unhatched Chicks"

Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky created a suite of 10 musical portraits for piano, inspired by an 1874 exhibition of a friend's paintings and architectural projects. But most of those works were lost.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – I Musici de Montr?al conductor Yuli Turovsky arranged Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" for string orchestra. He also commissioned his daughter, artist and violinist Natasha Turovsky, to create new paintings inspired by the music. And these animated works "dance" along to the music. KCUR's Laura Spencer spoke with Natasha Turovsky.

Harriman-Jewell Series presents
I Musici de Montr?al chamber orchestra
with guest conductor Airat Ichmouratov
Friday, April 8, 2011, 8 p.m.
Folly Theater, downtown Kansas City, Mo. (300 W. 12 St.)

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