Terry Boyarsky

Performing Musician & Teaching Artist

Terry Performs

Standing Rock Cultural Arts”Around the World” Music Series presents

Terry Boyarsky:  Classical Expressions of the Folk Tradition

North Water Street Gallery, 300 N. Water Street, Kent, Ohio

8:00 p.m., December 8, 2018 preceded by 7:30 p.m. meet-and-greet featuring light food and drinks

The originally scheduled artist for this concert, Russian balalaika soloist Oleg Kruglyakov, has been unavoidably detained in Siberia, providing us the opportunity to hear the other half of his Russian Duo, pianist Terry Boyarsky. (Kruglyakov’s performance will be rescheduled for the 2019-2020 season.)

Boyarsky’s program, entitled “Classical Expressions of the Folk Tradition,” will feature rarely heard music from Bartók to Bach, all inspired by ethnic dance and music from the villages of Armenia, Afghanistan, Rumania, Russia, and more, many displaying unusual modes and meters. Other composers whose works will be performed include Komitas (the father of Armenian classical music) and G. I. Gurdjieff (the noted Armenian-Greek mystical teacher of sacred dance and ritual music), arranged and notated by his colleague Thomas de Hartmann.

Many of the pieces on the program are essentially musical “translations,” adapting folk instruments and genres (including dervish dances and a Russian Orthodox-inspired hymn) to the modern classical piano, and, as such, call for unique pianistic styles. Over the course of the concert, mysterious connections between the pieces will gradually become apparent to listeners.

The event will feature hearty and delicious home-cooked Eastern European foods (served at no additional charge), including borscht, blini, and kvass.