Music from Russia with Aleksandra Kasman

Posted on: May 5th, 2017

Aleksandra (Sasha) Kasman, 2017 PianoArts Fellow and “balletomane,” will perform a concert with a spotlight on Russian music at Wauwatosa Presbyterian Church, 2366 North 80th Street, on Sunday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m. Her program will begin with Ludwig van Beethoven’s Sonata No. 28, then move to Nikolai Myaskovsky’s  Sonata No. 2 and Sergei Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet. Tickets are at the door: $10, general sitting; $5, students and seniors.

Sergei Prokofiev (1891-1953) often said that Beethoven’s music formed a permanent influence on his compositions. In 1935, Prokofiev wrote Romeo and Juliet as a ballet based on the Shakespearean play. Later he used his themes for three orchestral suites and a piano piece with ten movements. Ms. Kasman will offer the opportunity to hear these familiar themes in this rarely heard setting for piano. Nikolai Myaskovsky (1881-1950) is often called the “Father of the Soviet Symphony.” He won the Stalin Prize five times, more than any other composer. Prokofiev and Myaskovsky were close friends throughout their lives, after having met at the Moscow Conservatory as students.

Ms. Kasman is a student of internationally renowned pianist and teacher Yakov Kasman. She has won numerous awards including the Silver Medal at the VII International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz, second place and Young Jury Winner Award at the Arthur Fraser International Piano Competition and the IKIF MacKenzie International Competition in New York City. She has performed internationally as a soloist and in duo performances with Yakov Kasman. A graduate of the University of Alabama at Birminingham, she will begin her master degree studies in the fall at The Juilliard School, where she will study with Robert McDonald.