Spokane Symphony Classics 10: Russian Greatness
May 10-11. It doesn’t get bigger, more dramatic, more colorful, more Russian, than Alexander Nevsky and Pictures at an Exhibition. Alexander Nevsky, Prokofiev’s film score to Eisenstein’s 1938 film, looks back to the year 1242 when Prince Alexander saved his people from the invading Germans. The final blow, the Battle on the Ice, became a pioneering example of orchestral sound effects. Thrill to the Spokane Symphony Chorale as mighty Russian chorus, and mezzo-soprano Meredith Arwady as a devastated war bride. Then this glorious season struts through a gallery of primitive paintings and marches into summer through the Great Gate of Kiev. Saturday at 8 p.m., Sunday at 3 p.m.