Most folks in this neck of the woods are familiar with the legendary Carter family, who drew heavily from Appalachian life and old folk tales for their musical inspiration. Few, however, likely have heard the Russian folk tale of Russlan and Ludmilla set to music.
This epic fairy tale — about the abduction of Prince Vladimir’s daughter, Ludmilla, by an evil wizard and the attempt by the brave knight Russlan to find and rescue her — is just one of the stories to be featured during the Symphony of the Mountains’ “Slavic Night” concert, set for 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5 at the Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center in Kingsport.
The concert will feature soloist and award-winning pianist Dr. Chih-Long Hu, who has been featured on National Public Radio stations around the country and received critical acclaim for his album “Formosa Caprices.”
“Our season theme is ‘From These Mountains,’ and Dr. Hu is a perfect reflection of that theme,” said Symphony of the Mountains Music Director Cornelia Laemmli Orth. “This incredible Taiwanese world-class pianist is right here in our own backyard.”
The symphony’s performance will be filled with Russian and Czech music that was inspired by the life and folk tales of the Slavic people. In addition to “Russlan and Ludmilla: Overture” by Mikhail Glinka, audiences will hear one of the most famous piano concertos ever written, Tchaikovsky’s “Concerto for Piano, No. 1, Op. 23.” The evening will culminate with a performance of Dvorak’s beloved “Symphony No. 7, Op. 70.”
Tickets are $35 for adults and free for children and students.
For tickets or more information, visit the Symphony of the Mountains website at www.symphonyofthemountains.org or call the box office at (423) 392-8423.