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The music group Ensemble Talisman will present a concert titled “Russian Women Composers of the 18th Century” on Tuesday, February 13, at Colby College in Waterville. The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Lorimer Chapel and is open to the public free of charge.
Ensemble Talisman performs Russian songs and instrumental music from the 18th and 19th centuries. The group is composed of soprano Anne Harley, harpsichordist Irina Rees and guitarist Oleg Timofeyev—the world’s leading authority on the Russian seven-string guitar.
The concert’s program will focus on late 18th-century works by Russian female aristocrats who composed and published music under their own names. Works by Princess Natalia Kourakina, Countess Golovina, Princess Dolgoruky and Ekaterina Siniavina (Catherine the Great’s maid of honor) will be performed. Their works, mostly from the 1790s, were written with French or Italian lyrics and either guitar, harp or harpsichord accompaniment.
Ensemble Talisman presents historically informative performances and members often read aloud excerpts from Alexsandr Pushkin, Leo Tolstoy and other Russian authors. The concert is sponsored by Colby’s Cultural Events Committee, Russian and German Department, Music Department and the Women’s Studies Program.