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"Russian Art and Music Through the Ages"

Russian music has a deep and storied history. Promoted by the Russian Orthodox Church, composers used music to extol the joys, but also the hardships, of life in mother Russia, turning snippets of literature, art, history, and folk tales into inspired works. Politics too occupied early Russian music, occasionally leading to harsh punishment. The names are familiar: Anton, Glinka, Mussorgky, Borodin and Tchaikovsky, among others. Russian composers eventually traveled across Europe, further enhancing their skills. "Russian Art and Music Through the Ages," an hour-long talk by ASU art history lecturer Caitlin Deegan and Arizona Opera education manager Joshua Borths, unravels Russia's glorious musical legacy.

The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, at Arizona Opera Center, 1636 North Central Avenue. Admission is free, but advance registration via www.azopera.org is required. Glenn BurnSilver

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