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Visualizing Music: Modest Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition

Tuesday, April 6, 2021 from 11:00 am - 12:15 pm


The Museum of Russian Art has long been known for hosting classical concerts in its galleries.  Now, join us as we present a virtual discussion series that will center around Russian classical composers and their masterpieces. A panel of distinguished musicians and academics will lead this in-depth exploration into a different composer each session.

Our first program is devoted to Modest Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, a suite of ten pieces (plus a recurring, varied Promenade) composed for piano.  The suite is Mussorgsky’s most-famous piano composition and has become a showpiece for virtuoso pianists.

This magnificent panel of musicians, hosted by Denis Evstuhin, TMORA Curator of Classical Music, and Michelle Massey, TMORA Director of Public Programs, will delve into the connection between the composition and the visual art by Victor Hartmann, as well as the musical tools Mussorgsky used to create this connection.

Tuesday, April 6 | 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM CDT

This program will presented via Zoom webinar. |  FREE  |  Please register in advance.




Alexander Braginsky, Professor, Piano – University of Minnesota School of Music

Paul ShawAssociate Professor, Piano – University of Minnesota School of Music

Timur Mustakimov, Classical Pianist (NYC)

Denis Evstuhin, Classical Pianist, TMORA Curator of Music


Modest Mussorgsky


Listen to Pictures at an Exhibition by Modest Mussorgsky, performed by the Minnesota Orchestra:



Tuesday, April 6, 2021
11:00 am - 12:15 pm