NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF UKRAINE and the UASP at Roy Thompson Hall

On February 13, 2017, a pre-concert of art songs will be presented at Roy Thompson hall prior to a performance by the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, guest orchestra of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

The pre-concert program will feature art songs by Mykola Lysenko and will be presented by Russell Braun, Krisztina Szabó and Albert Krywolt.

for ticket purchase got to https://www.tso.ca/concert/national-symphony-orchestra-ukraine

In the early 1850s,

Mykola Lysenko furthered his musical development in Leipzig, Germany, the foremost conservatoire on the European continent at the time. Within days of arriving, he attending a recital of Robert Schumann's 'Dichterliebe', a work he fell in love with.  Shortly afterwards, Mykola returned to Kyiv and immediately set about composing his own Dichterliebe song cycle: A Poet's Love. Lysenko turned to the same book of Heinrich Heine Romantic poems that Schumann himself had drawn on.  He then composed his own 'Poetova Lyubov' - A Poet's Love. 

Three of the texts were identical to Schumann's collection; but then he explored further depths of Romantic poetry, adding his own style, offering a further credence to the word and placing the pianist and singer on equal par on the concert platform. The song cycle became a veritable duet of voice, body and soul.