From Russia with Love for Valentine’s Weekend

The South Coast Chamber Music Series presents “From Russia with Love,” virtually. What better way to celebrate winter than with a troika of Russian beauties? Shostakovich hits a playfully tart bullseye with his first “String Quartet” (1938), composed after the huge success of his Fifth Symphony reinstated the composer in official favor. Rachmaninoff’s beloved “Vocalise,” arranged for viola and piano, weaves its melancholy magic, after which the “C Minor Piano Trio” by Rimsky-Korsakov brings our Russian ride to a fittingly colorful end.

            The musicians performing in this concert are principal chairs of the NBSO Jesse Holstein (violin), EmmaLee Holmes-Hicks (violin), Anna Griffis (viola), Leo Eguchi (cello), and SCCMS Artistic Director Janice Weber (piano).

            The concert release date is Saturday, February 13, 4:00 pm, and ticket purchasers can watch the concert any time (and as many times as) they like for 30 days. Tickets are $20 per household and available at All ticketed patrons will receive an email on the day of the concert containing instructions and a private link for access on YouTube.

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