In January 2018, the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra presented, for the first time, an all-Russian repertoire, under the direction of Ming Luke. In the first half of the program, the orchestra played a suite from Prokofiev’s ballet Romeo and Juliet.
Enjoy a video of the Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra performing the stirring Alexander Nevsky Cantata by Sergei Prokofiev, based on his score for Eisenstein’s epic 1938 film Alexander Nevsky.
Peregrinus expectavi, Pedes meos in cymbalis: Prokofiev arranges these words, borrowed or not, and sets them to music to create something new and evocative.
A few years ago, I was invited to rehearse the Bolshoi Orchestra, an amazing opportunity to experience the rich musical heritage of Russia.
Prokofiev’s Nevsky cantata expresses in music and text the Russians’ attachment to its country’s rivers as well as its lakes as markers of history and cultural identity.