Russian Composer Birthday Celebration: M.P. Mussorgsky

On March 2, 2009 at 7:30 p.m. Russian Cultural Center “Our Texas” will present the first event of our new Russian Composer Birthday celebration series “Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky” with honored guest and member of RCC Board of Directors Maestro Hans Graf

WHEN: March 2, 2009 at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: RCC Our Texas (2337 Bissonnet; Houston, TX 77005)

ADMISSION: $10 / RCC Members $8

Modest Mussorgsky (March 21, 1839 – March 28, 1881) was one of the most important Russian composers of the nineteenth century, an innovator of Russian music. He strove to achieve a uniquely Russian musical identity, often in deliberate defiance of the established conventions of Western music.

Many of his major works were inspired by Russian history, Russian folklore, and other nationalist themes, including the pieces he is most famous for: the opera Boris Godunov, and the piano suite Pictures from an Exhibition. For many years Mussorgsky’s works were mainly known in versions revised or completed by other composers. Many of his most important compositions have recently come into their own in their original forms, and some of the original scores are now also available.

Mussorgsky’s biography is somewhat unusual for a famous classical composer. He served as a civil servant, wrote music only part-time, and died early from alcoholism, leaving behind a fairly small body of work. Yet Modest Mussorgsky is, indisputably, a major figure in the history of Russian music.

RCC will present a documentary film about the composer, followed by a musical recital of excerpts from Mussorgsky’s Pictures from an Exhibition, performed by Li Zhang.

Light refreshments will be served.

Please call or e-mail to RSVP, as seating is limited: 713-395-3301 or

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