Vesper Concerts’ ‘From Russia with Love

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March 9th, 2019

Omaha, NE— The Vesper Concert Series will feature a collaboration between two of Omaha’s prominent musicians and instructors this Sunday, From Russia With Love. Pianist Yulia Kalashnikova and violinist Olga Smola were eager to work together and share their connected personal narratives on the stage. Both from Russia, conservatory trained, and now active members of Omaha’s music community, the duo has devised a concert featuring a selection of fellow Russian emigrants who have shaped musical canon.

Featuring Olga Smolna

Kalashnikova and more recent Omaha resident, Smola, have of course crossed paths before, but not before arriving in the Midwest.

Even though the two musicians were fast friends, that doesn’t necessarily make collaboration any easier. Both highly trained and focused on the highest quality musicianship, finding just the right arrangement and interpretation can still be difficult.

The concert will emphasize a central theme, but the set list is stylistically diverse. It features film scores, romantic music, and baroque pieces. Artistic Director, Stacey Haneline, also suggested performing some original compositions, and Smola has been working on a plan.

From Russia with Love, part of the Vesper Concert Series, is this Sunday, March 10 at 3:00pm at the Presbyterian Church of the Cross. For more information, visit VesperConcerts.org.

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