This week, Colorado Springs will become the crossroads for some of classical music's finest talent. On Nov. 14, the striking Russian duo consisting of pianist Yelena Balabanova and cellist Roza Borisova will perform as part of the Thursday Night Recital Series at the Colorado Springs School's Louisa Performing Arts Center. And over at the Pikes Peak Center, the Colorado Springs Symphony will tackle the emotional catharsis that is Ludwig van Beethoven.
When the duo of Balabanova and Borisova take the stage Thursday night, they will be representing a cross-cultural perspective remarkable for its uniqueness. "Both ladies represent the very best of what Russian music can produce," says promoter David Sckolnik, "-- great pianists and great string players."
But for these two musicians, it was Colorado, not the prestigious music academies of the former Soviet Union that brought them together. "We probably passed each other hundreds of times on the streets of Moscow," remarks Balabanova, but it wasn't until they met, by chance, at the 1999 Colorado Music Festival in Pueblo, that the two realized how much they had in common.
With the modern, neo-Romantic sounds of Samuel Barber played alongside the Baroque strains of Pietro Locatelli's G major Sonata, this concert will celebrate a diverse musical and cultural heritage.
Over the weekend, the Colorado Springs Symphony will present three legendary pieces by Beethoven: the "Overture to King Stephen," Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, and Symphony No. 6 in F (usually known as "Symphony Pastorale"). Featuring internationally acclaimed violinist and guest performer Rachel Barton and conductor Lawrence Leighton Smith, this may be the hottest ticket in town.
One short weekend. Two great classical concerts. No way you can go wrong.
The Thursday Night Recital Series
Featuring Yelena Balabanova & Roza Borisova
The Colorado Springs School's Louisa Performing Arts Center
Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: $8-$10. Call 475-9747.
The Colorado Springs Symphony
With Lawrence Leighton Smith conducting
The Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave.
Friday & Sunday, Nov. 15-16, 8 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 17, 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: $10-$50. Call 520-SHOW.