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Things to Do in London: September 25, 2009

What: Recital of Russian and American music, featuring English soprano Helen Bailey and Panamanian bass Derek S. Henderson, accompanied by Julian Gallant on piano

When: Friday, 25 September 2009, 7:30 p.m.

Where: The Pushkin House, 5a Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2TA (near Holborn Tube Station)

Admission: £10 (concession £8), available at door or by telephone, +44 (0)20 7269 9770

More information: Pushkin House website

Soprano Helen Bailey and bass Derek S. Henderson were last seen together singing opposite each other in the leading roles in Hampstead Garden Opera's production of Carlisle Floyd's Susannah, where their performance drew praise from the critics for warmth, power, and authenticity. Now they are reunited for one night only in a fascinating presentation of songs and arias from the Russian and American repertoire.

The programme will feature the scathingly satirical "Preface to the Complete Edition of My Works" and "Five Romances on Words from 'Krokodil' Magazine" by Dmitri Shostakovich and the luminous "Hermit Songs" by Samuel Barber, followed by ravishing operatic favorites from Mikhail Glinka, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Piotr Tchaikovsky, Igor Stravinsky, and George Gershwin.
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