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Galina Barskaya performs works by Ukrainian composers

Independent Opera Company is continuing its IOC Stars Concert Series with a program of Ukrainian solo piano music performed by Artistic Director Galina Barskaya. The program will go on Livestream on Sunday March 14th at 2:00 and then will be available On Demand until 10:00 pm on Saturday March 14th.

Galina Barskaya received her BM and MM at Kiev State College and Kiev State Conservatory. Prior to coming to the United States in 1993, she toured extensively throughout the former USSR. In her twenty plus years in the Los Angeles area, she has established herself as a soloist, chamber musician, accompanist, teacher, conductor, music director and composer. Previous positions include Founder/Artistic Director of "Musical Explorations" and Music Director at LA Metropolitan Opera, as well as accompanist at Santa Monica College Opera program and Long Beach University. She is presently on the staff of Occidental College, Music Director at St. Andrews Lutheran Church, Music Director of Mesopotamian Opera Company, and Founding Music Director/C

EO of Independent Opera Company.

The program includes works by two composers, I. Shamo and M. Skoryk. All works presented were composed in the 20th century. They definitely have a more contemporary vibe, and are very melodic and listener-friendly! The I. Shamo selections come from his collection "The Pictures of Russian Artists.” Inspired by works by Russian artists such as Levitan, Golikov and Rylov, these pianistic masterpieces pieces are incredibly colorful and picturesque! Another work performed in the program is Partita #5 by M. Skoryk. The title "Partita" goes all the way back into music history (think J.S Bach, even though the first partitas appeared as early as the 16th century) and in general means a collection of music pieces. In the time of Bach, think contemporary dances such as the Minuet, Gavotte, Gig and such. Skoryk's Partita includes a beautiful nd dreamy Waltz, dramatic Chorus, and a sad moving Aria, as well as a Prelude and Finale.


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