features pieces with lyrics

of Blake and Dickinson

A concert of Neoromantic compositions by David Avshalomov, fused with the poetry of Emily Dickinson and William Blake, will be performed by Avshalomov and accompanying musicians and ensemble at 8 p.m. Saturday, November 6th, at the First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Second St., Santa Monica.

General admission is $15; or $10 for seniors or students.

The event is the homecoming concert of a four-concert New York/Los Angeles bicoastal festival showcasing the compositions of Avshalomov. Avshalomov was born in New York, but currently lives in Los Angeles.

The Santa Monica Chamber Orchestra Association is sponsoring the event.

The program includes Avshalomov’s soulful Sonata Breve, in its West Coast premiere, with oboist Amelia Russo Neustadt, pianist Tali Tadmor; Around the Year, four seasonal miniatures with the Plein Air Woodwind Quintet; Sonata for Solo Harp, played by harpist Maria Casale; and Songs of Life — Songs of Death, with lyrics taken from the poetry of Emily Dickinson.

The evening concludes with a group of selections from what Avshalomov considers his grandest choral vision to date, Songs of Innocence and Experience, using lyrics from 18th century British Romantic poet William Blake’s poetic and artistic work of the same name.

Information, (626) 392-4441.

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