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Nov 2011

Jeux de cartes

The Church knew what the psalmist knew: Music praises God. Music is well or better able to praise him than the building of the church and all its decoration; it is the Church’s greatest ornament. – Igor Stravinsky

After beginning his career as a very Russian composer, Igor Stravinsky became an international composer in at least two very different ways. First, he decided never to return to his homeland of Russia after the Revolution of 1917. Although he lived in France, he traveled a lot. By the time he moved to the United States in 1939, he had already made numerous contacts. Second, he opened his compositional style to influences from all over the world. Despite the French title, Stravinsky wrote Jeux de cartes (Game of Cards) on commission from American choreographer George Balanchine and the newly formed American Ballet in 1936. Jeux de cartes is not among Stravinsky’s most profound works, but it is certainly one of his most fun. Stravinsky was an enthusiastic poker player, and the work has the subtitle “a ballet in three deals,” and consists of three hands (movements), with the cards always shuffled first and then played. Besides being a fun piece to listen to, it also offers some musical thoughts on fate, good and evil, and class warfare.

Join us this Saturday, November 12, as Redemption hill takes a trip to the Richmond Symphony to hear Stravinsky’s fun musical romp. If you are looking for a date night out with your spouse, or significant other, this will be a great opportunity, as you will not only hear some great music performed by our local symphony, but will have the chance to hear more about Stravinsky and his piece, and how it relates to the gospel. A limited number of tickets are available for this event, so please RSVP here if you intend to go.


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