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Website Upgrade

Posted on: May 22nd, 2017 by Inna Heasley No Comments

Charlie reminds me to take frequent breaks from PR!

I am excited to collaborate with Caitlyn McGrory and Queen Heath on my website’s improvement and updates. The new site should be here by Fall 2017, and I look forward to making it more current and useful to all my visitors. If you have any feedback or comments, please email me at inna at pr-perfect.com.

 

Thank you!

 


 

MIKHAIL KAZINIK: Russian Musician and Educator Debuts in Philadelphia

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by Inna Heasley No Comments

DREAMS DO COME TRUE! Philadelphia’s audiences (English and Russian speaking) will have a unique opportunity to meet and to hear an unforgettable music-and-lecture performance by one of the most intelligent, passionate, brilliant, and caring people living on our planet today. Welcome to Philadelphia, Mikhail Semyonovich Kazinik!

 

A short background story:

In October 2014, I was fortunate to attend Kazinik’s two live concerts in Moscow, after having been listening to his deeply moving lectures and presentations for a few years online. After the performance on Arbat Street was over, I came up to the stage, waited in a long line, and when it was my turn, I asked him if he would ever be able to come Philadelphia… I knew that Philadelphia residents – just like residents of every place on the globe – needed his Word, his Music, they needed to discover the Kazinik Phenomenon, and they needed a chance to see him not just on a computer screen, but live, on stage, speaking directly into their hearts. Maestro sounded interested about another trip to the US (he visited on three occasions but never in our City), but he was deeply skeptical it would ever work for his busy schedule. Time went by. We kept in touch. In the Spring of 2016, I shared the idea with my colleague Mikhail Zorich (Multicultural Arts Exchange), quite by accident. Almost instantly, Zorich became infectious with Kazinik’s contagious spark: the stars finally aligned and this tour became a reality.

 

Below is my English translation of the original preview of Maestro’s three first concerts in our City of Brotherly Love, September 8-11, 2016. Read more and order tickets here.

 

EMBRACING YOU WITH MUSIC

 

In early September, Philadelphia will welcome Mikhail Kazinik – an art historian, musician, poet, writer, philosopher, film producer, a passionate educator and one of the most erudite men of our time. His many fans call him Prometheus.

 

When he briskly takes the stage and begins to speak or play – there is not one person in the room who would be left untouched by his hurricane of energy, or would feel less than fascinated by the unique gifts of this amazing man.

 

Are you convinced that you do not like classical music? After hearing Mikhail Kazinik, classical music is all you will want to listen to: to hear it, to feel it and to be carried away by the melodies of freshly revealed vibrations… Especially if he is accompanied by Vyacheslav Zubkov – a brilliant pianist. After this musician’s concerts the audiences often can’t help feeling that they had just met Franz Liszt himself.
It is meaningless to try to describe or classify Kazinik’s programs. You need to be there. Anna Akhmatova was one of the first people to recognize the talent of a storyteller in Kazinik; the poet’s words were: “You should go to the people.” It was Joseph Brodsky who took Kazinik by the hand and introduced to Akhmatova; it all happened after Brodsky had read one of the poems of 15-year-old Mikhail.

 

Kazinik always felt the internal urge to reveal to people the secrets of genius men. He recalls Riga (capital of Latvia) during the Soviet times when it was mandatory for all city tourists to attend an organ concert at the world-famous Dome Cathedral.

 

The first 3 minutes of a concert, people would be honest and diligent listeners: organ is roaring, strong and beautiful. But after about 5 minutes, the chair didn’t seem comfortable enough, and in 10 more minutes, they would start thinking: «Too bad I didn’t get a seat near the aisle, now I can’t get out». And within an hour of this endless organ roar, they would get really tired. A feeling of heaviness would set on and the visitors would never discover anything about the music. I sat there and thought: «Lord, if I only could give a 5 minute talk before each work – they would have understood it all.»      

 

How do you explain classical music?

 

Kazinik’s dream came true: he successfully went on to explain something seemingly unexplainable, helping people discover classical music. Mikhail Semyonovich describes his mission:

 

«Music is the highest non-verbal communication between man and cosmos. Its giant divine vibrations, transformed through the head and entire body of a genius, connect us with our progenitor – the cosmos. A conversation about music – is no less than a human tuning to that frequency, helping us enter the very state in which the music is sounding. A work of art is a vibrant source of energy, and a human being – its receiver. There should be a wave, a channel between them. Most often, these channels are destroyed: thanks to wrong education, wrong environment, country, system, history’s endless tyrants manipulating the consciousness of the little man. I have these channels repaired.»

 

Classical music as a business thinking formula

 

Mikhail Semyonovich is famous for the fact that he can make even an elephant get interested in classical music. Thanks to this ability, he was invited as an expert to host the concerts for Nobel laureates: the organizers very much wanted to entice the viewers to watch a traditional annual symphonic concert broadcast ahead of the Nobel festivities. Kazinik figured out how to attract the viewers attention: he would interview the winners in front of a camera about their childhood, about what kind of music they listened to then, and their favorite composers.

 

Recently, in his native St. Petersburg, Kazinik held a three-day classical music immersion session for a team a well-known Russian company called RBI. Here is how the company President Eduard Tiktinsky describes the experience:

 

The three days with Mikhail Kazinik were equal to sensation of splashing into the ocean waters: bright, fresh, harmonious. Our main conclusions:

 

  1. It’s never too late to learn music. Even if someone diagnosed you once with “no music ear/ no voice,” or you didn’t get accepted to a music school – it does not mean anything. Maestro showed us examples when people came to study music at the age of 50 and, after regular practice, within a month, they were performing their first recital for their next birthday party guests.

 

  1. Music education used to be an essential part of childhood’s education, with music regarded no less important than exact sciences, the Russian language, etc. Unfortunately, these days everything is different. However, this doesn’t mean that parents can’t open that magic door into the world of music for their kids. But to do so, of course, you need to know and love classical music yourself.

 

  1. The ability to hear the music is a skill that can be developed. As it turned out at our session, the skill of composing music can also be developed. At least my colleagues, under the direction of Maestro Kazinik, compiled an entire symphony :).

 

  1. Regular practice and experimentation are pre-requisites to making progress, in any area. You don’t notice how tiny improvements and then larger achievements gradually become a part of you. It works the same with creative “Nobel” way of thinking. Allow yourself to experiment, try something different than the usual, and the result will not take long. Once you open yourself to classical music, you won’t be able to live without it.

 

“It does not matter how old you are and what your preferences are, there’s always an opportunity to open the hidden secret door to the true Beauty. The door that leads to the realization that the art, and especially music, is ‘a wonderful contract with the Creator,’ and your life will never be the same again. I embrace you with Music.” (Mikhail Kazinik)

 

 

Three debut performances in Philadelphia – bring your kids and friends! 

 

Thursday, September 8 at 8 PM

Synagogue Shaare Hashamayim, 9768 Verree Road, 19115.

 

Saturday, September 10 at 7 PM

International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, 19104.

 

Sunday, September 11 at 5 PM

Settlement Music School – Northeast Branch, 3745 Clarenden Avenue, 19114

 

Buy Tickets:

Online: https://www.russianhotline.com/tour/Kazinik

In-person in two Northeast Philadelphia locations:

– Petrovsky Market, 9808 Bustleton, Avenue, 19115

– Knizhnik Book Store, 8342 Bustleton Avenue, 19152

Tickets will also be available at the door.

 

For more information:

Contact Mikhail Zorich 855-594-8414, email: manager@maephila.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kazinikusa/

 

 

 

 


 

3 Reasons Why PR is Everything in Brand Management

Posted on: August 29th, 2015 by Inna Heasley No Comments

Today’s post on Ragan’s PR Daily by Bryan Haviland (Frazier Heiby PR) answers a very important question that some organizations and business owners never ask.

 

Frankly, this article has validated what I have been wanting to say – for so long – to some (if not all) of my beloved clients “in crime”:  allow your PR consultant to be involved in your company’s marketing and branding strategy. Give them freedom to generate or, at least, guide your company’s content. Trust your PR guy/lady just a little more, and you will be surprised at the end results.

 

“Boards of directors, top-level executives and brand managers, take heed: If you don’t yet have a PR counselor in a position of power within your organization, you’re playing Russian roulette with your brand’s reputation.

 

PR can no longer be relegated to traditional media relations. It has never been just that. Now more than ever before, organizations are realizing that successful consumer experience depends on deploying PR to create, manage and refresh their ever-present online brands. Here are three reasons why:  KEEP READING.

 


 

Philly Game Developers Biking Across America

Posted on: May 25th, 2015 by Inna Heasley No Comments

Three Philadelphia-based game makers and a dancer – decided to leave their comparatively comfortable lives behind and undertake multi-state bike tour. Each has an important personal reason to do it. Each is looking forward to a life-changing experience.

 

They gave this journey a title: Nerds Across America. Their motto for the trip: “No time limits. No regrets.”

 

This film is documenting the morning of their departure from Philadelphia, October 2, 2014.

 

UPDATES!!!

 

OCTOBER 2014:  The “Nerds” explore North Carolina. They managed to finish the Coin Crypt game on the road and it is set to be released on October 28th on Steam.

 

NOVEMBER 2014:  Three out of four “Nerds” turn back to go back home to Philadelphia – business needs. Greg Lobanov is the last Nerd standing and continues his trip solo, down the South US Border.

 

DECEMBER 2014 – JANUARY 2015:  Lobanov continues his trip, pretty much on schedule (according to the map pictured above), with frequent stops at friends’ old and new. He celebrates the New Year with his high school classmate and his family in Texas.

 

JANUARY 2015:  Greg reaches Arizona and visits and reconnects with his Russian uncle Victor and his family in Tuscon.  Last time they saw each other was when Greg was about 9.

 

FEBRUARY 2015:  Greg’s bike is stolen, along with his computer where his new game CoinCrypt is stored. The game was scheduled to be presented at the annual Game Developers Conference  in San Francisco. This happens just before Greg was ready to cross the San Francisco bridge! What does he do?  He gets a ride from the cops (who came to report on the theft) to the local WalMart and buys a cheap bike, just capable to take him over the bridge. Greg then calls his friends in Philadelphia who are packing to come to SF, and arranges for them to bring his old PC where the game is backed up on iCloud.

 

MARCH 2015: Greg is a Keynote speaker at GDC, and gives a speedy 5-minute inspirational talk about the bike across America and how it transformed his vision, both personal and professional. Here is the video of this historical speech:

 

 

APRIL 2015:  Greg is back in Philadelphia. A big party is organized at Cipher Prime’s space to celebrate the Nerds. Guests line up to cut out a piece of Greg’s long beard. Nobody in Philadelphia had seen Greg with a beard before this. All four nerds get interviewed on camera about their bike trip experience, their expectations vs. reality of the journey. This video is currently in production. Once posted – it will be featured on this site.

 

MORE LINKS:

Most recent interview with JoyStiq
Cipher Prime
Dumb & Fat Games
Coin Crypt game (early access on STEAM):

 

 


 

Rachmaninov Vespers: Why I Cried

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by Inna Heasley 7 Comments

On September 7th, 2014 Choral Arts Philadelphia will perform one piece of music that holds an absolutely special place in my heart: Vespers (All Night Vigil, Op. 37) by Sergey Rachmaninov.

 

Besides cherishing a direct native connection to the Russian music and unsurpassed love for Sergey Rachmaninov as a person and a composer, I treasure this piece because it represents a life-altering discovery I made in my mid-20s .

 

During the first 24 years of my life in the Soviet Russia, after having studied classical music and its history at a full-time music school for eight years, I had no idea about the existence of the Vespers or any other sacred music by any other composer whatsoever! This is how well this information was locked away from public eye in the Soviet Union. And since I never knew to ask the question, I never looked for answers.

 

Fast forward now to the early 9o’s, my first few weeks in the United States where I was brought on a contract to interpret for a group of Russian dancers.  The day I got my first paycheck, I went to the Tower Records store (remember those?) to look for recordings of my favorite composers, including Rachmaninov and Bach.

 

As I searched the Bach and Rachmaninov sections, I came across some odd titles like St. Matthew Passion, B-Minor Mass, Vespers, The Bells. “What’s this?” – I said to myself in total bewilderment, because I knew every piece of music those guys ever composed. I had to buy the Vespers CD, out of curiosity (I now think it was actually a cassette tape – remember those?). I played it on my Walkman (remember those?)…  And I cried. I cried because I felt betrayed. Then I cried some more because life was SO MUCH MORE BEAUTIFUL than I had imagined. Because the humanity had the gift of the Vespers all along!!!

Lighting the candles during All night vigil.

Lighting the candles during an All night vigil.

 

Ironically, that same year, late 1991, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, Christmas was finally officially announced as a national holiday in Russia. It was openly celebrated for the first time in over 70 years, on January 6, 1992.

 

This landmark event was followed by the arrival of massive country-wide restoration process of the entire Orthodox culture: from the beautiful architecture and commencement of industrial church bells production – to religious education, faith-based literature and declassification of archival church documents. And it inevitably meant that the Orthodox music, and with it all other sacred music, that had been muted in Russia for over 70 years was finally given back to the people it was written for.

 

The Rachmaninov Vespers was performed in a public concert in Moscow on that first Christmas Eve of 1992.

 

Every time I get to sing this work – and this will be my third time – it is a transcendental life event, an experience of the highest spiritual, physical, emotional and mental order which simply can’t be described in words.

 

Singing it here in the U.S. for the American audiences fills me with great honor and gratitude for their responsive energy, for their respect to this music and their thirst to hear more of it. And singing it with Choral Arts Philadelphia is going to be an amazing experience!

 

We performed it in 2012 at the Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. Here is my favorite excerpt:

 

IF YOU GO:
Gretna Music Festival

Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Pre-concert talk by the festival founder Carl Ellenberger at 6:45 PM

More information at www.choralarts.com

 


 

Celebrating Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday with “The Fairy Queen”

Posted on: April 19th, 2014 by Inna Heasley No Comments

Rutgers University–Camden’s Music and Theater Programs are collaborating for the first time in many years to produce a fully staged English masque by Henry Purcell, “The Fairy Queen” based on Shakespeare’s comedy “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Part-play and part-opera, this major project features dancers, actors, singers, chorus, complete stage and costume design, as well as a full Baroque orchestra.  It is directed by two outstanding artists: world renown Distinguished Professor of Music Dr. Julianne Baird and award-winning Associate Professor of Theater Dr. Kenneth Elliott.

 

This unique show runs April 24-27, 2014 and I am having a lot of fun promoting it.  You can read all about “The Fairy Queen” on the Department of Fine Arts’ website here and visit their Facebook page here.  We just got word that WHYY’s NewsWorks Entertainment Guide is featuring the production this week, yay!

 

Meanwhile, I have been making good progress learning how to work my new awesome digital video camera and no less awesome editing software for Mac, Final Cut Pro — a big transition from my previous PC set up and HDD Cannon.  So I was glad to have an opportunity to capture all the media and create this promo trailer for the Rutgers production:

 

 

It’s going to be a great show!

 

 

 


 

A New Partnership: Composer David Ludwig

Posted on: December 9th, 2013 by Inna Heasley No Comments

It is my extreme pleasure to announce that PR Perfect got hired to represent David Ludwig, one of the most talented, versatile, and up-and-coming composers in the region!

 

I met David during the audio recording session of his choral music album by Choral Arts Philadelphia last year.  When the recording came out, we plotted for a while how it could be promoted.  Then, in June of 2013, quite by a serendipity, I was asked by LocalArtsLive’s Sharon Torello to do a series of videos with David for a composer profile Sharon was planning that summer.  So, we met in his historical office at The Curtis Institute for an hour and a half, and I got to torture David by making him answer my questions in front of a video camera about all things interesting, like his thoughts on modern classical music, music for movies, his family history and his upcoming bassoon concerto premiere with the Philadelphia Orchestra. And then David invited me to attend the concerto premiere at the Kimmel Center.  The beautiful and dreamy music from David’s “Pictures from the Floating World” is still sounding in my head, and it is my high hope that the Orchestra will find the means to eventually record this piece they commissioned so it can be shared with the world.

 

In each of my encounters with David, I have been touched by his friendly and unassuming demeanor, his open and accessible nature, and his sincerity.  And how he remains so humble, while great milestones and achievements add up to decorate his CV.  Some of these are things that even seasoned composers often only dream of.

 

It is for the moments like this that I love my work in public relations. It brings amazing new people into my life, and it takes me to amazing new places that I might never have otherwise visited. There is so much to learn from each and every one of these experiences. I never stop to be grateful for it.

 

I’m looking forward to bringing you some news about David’s upcoming projects soon.  Stay tuned!

 

 

 


 

Virtual Choir 4: Fly to Paradise!

Posted on: July 30th, 2013 by Inna Heasley No Comments

So far, the year 2013 has been turning into a year of Eric Whitacre for me. Big Time.

 

In March, I was fortunate to do an interview with Eric ahead of his appearance at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center with The Eric Whitacre Singers.  And in June, I took part in his epic project “Virtual Choir 4:  Fly to Paradise”.

 

The  Virtual Choir idea grew out of a single fan video a few years back and since then has inspired four global choir video performances, each project bigger than the previous one, virtually connecting thousands of people who come together in one song.  This technology has only become available in the 21st century,  and it is simply amazing how it manifests the power of voices united in a beautiful music making.

 

Here is a screen shot taken during my VC-4 audio recording session. Is it a pure coincidence that the main character in the "Fly to Paradise" video is also wearing two pig tales? 😉

VC-4 was truly a highly moving and fantastic experience for me as a human being, as a chorus singer, and as an arts marketing professional.

 

When I watched the final video – I realized that we all have just become members of The Biggest Chorus on Planet Earth!  WOW, I am out of words to express the feeling of this overwhelming joy.

 

 

The VC-4 stats are incredible:

8,409 Videos

5,905 Singers, ages 6-98

101 Countries

 

 

 

For future updates about the Virtual Choir, join the Eric Whitacre Community at http://ericwhitacre.com/community/signup.

 


 

Ducks Are Flying…for Van Cliburn (Летят Утки для Вана Клиберна) Part II of II

Posted on: March 3rd, 2013 by Inna Heasley 3 Comments

READ PART I OF THIS STORY

 

UPDATE FROM FEB. 2015:

This amazing story continues on because “Ducks Are Flying” has taken on the life of its own in the United States. Hear all about it here. Thanks to Susan Lewis and WRTI FM for bringing it to light!

 

PART 2 CONTINUED:

I am sharing some new information, updates and insights kindly provided by Archie Bailey, the Executive Director of Schola Cantorum of Texas, one of the choirs singing at Van Cliburn’s funeral service today in Forth Worth, TX:

 

“From the melody I found on the web, Tom [Stoker, a longtime friend of Van and his mother – ih] had a friend and greatly talented composer begin arraigning The Ducks are Flying as a backup in case we could not get an original. We ran his score today and with your help from your score and vocal mp3 we have a tremendously beautiful work. It will be sung as the casket leaves the church. It will be most moving and an appropriate expression of our loss. Thank you for your help. I will send you a copy of the arrangement by Kyle. You will cry when you hear it.”

 

“About 1/5th of the total singers are Schola on such short notice. About 1/5th are from the Arlington Master Chorale, the rest are from the two church choirs.

 

Van was so loved that we even have a few little, stooped ladies on walkers and canes singing their hearts out for him.

 

He was a tender man, and loved all things of beauty in nature.

 

Van once said ‘only the birds sing for free.’  Today we are honored to be his birds, singing from the heart for all the world to hear.”

 

# # #

 

FUNERAL SERVICE INFORMATION:

 

The service will start at 3 PM today, March 3, 2013  at Broadway Baptist Church, Fort Worth, TX.

 

With the Fort Worth Symphony and 270 voices in the chorus. The chorus is made up of Schola Cantorum of Texas, the Arlington Master Chorale, Broadway Baptist Chancel Choir and Arborlawn United Methodist Chancel Choir.

Repertoire includes:

“Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing” — Wilberg
“Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” – Wilberg
“Old Hundredth” – Vaughan Williams
“Moscow Nights” (in Russian)
“The Lord’s Prayer” – Tschaikovsky (in Russian)

“Ducks are Flying” – Russian Folk Song (in Russian)

 

Live broadcast: Charter Cable channel 101, Turner Broadcasting (Time Warner) channel 371, on radio WBAP 820 AM, and will be rebroadcast on WFAA Channel 8 at 1:05 am Monday morning.

 

READ PART I

 

And here is the video recording of the funeral service:

 

http://www.fwsymphony.org/hld/misc/van_cliburn.asp

 


 

Ducks Are Flying…for Van Cliburn (Летят Утки для Вана Клиберна) – PART I of II

Posted on: March 2nd, 2013 by Inna Heasley 6 Comments

Special thanks to Rebecca Krzystyniak  and Archie Bailey for their amazing trust in me and love of music. 

 

An incredible thing happened over the past 48 hours. I was honored to be involved in helping find, translate and transcribe a choral score of a Russian folk song for the funeral service of Van Cliburn, one of the great American pianists (Vanya Klibern, as the Russians call him).

 

He was adored by the Russian people ever since he took the 1st prize in the Tchaikovsky piano competition in Moscow in 1958.  And I think that back then, his genuine love for Russian music did much more for the two nations than any political efforts could ever achieve.  His famous recording of Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was the first classical music piece I ever heard in my life.  When I was a little girl, my mom would play that precious record quite often.

 

Apparently, before his passing on February 27th, Cliburn had requested that the Russian folk song “Ducks are Flying” be performed at his funeral service.  The song is pretty much unknown in this country, and after he was gone, all they had was just the English title of it.

 

The organizing team had trouble finding the score.  The team included: Tom Stoker, a longtime friend of Van and his mother, who was in charge of the choral music for the service; Archie Bailey, Executive Director of Schola Cantorum of Texas, one of the four choirs to sing at Van’s service;  Miguel H. Badoya, director of the Fort Worth Symphony that often worked with Van; and Dr. Al Travis, the organist and also a personal friend of Van. According to Archie Bailey, the organ used in the service was dedicated to Van’s mother and is the largest in the Southwest.

 

In the effort to find the score, Archie contacted some friends in Moscow who even went to a local music store looking for it but failed.  The service organizers didn’t know what else to do — where to even start looking for the sheet music and for the lyrics.  And they were running out of time.

 

Now, what are the odds that one of the choir members, Rebecca Krzystyniak found my PR business card which I had given her 4 years earlier? Rebecca and I met during an 8-day session at the Berkshire Choral Festival in Massachusetts, where we both participated in the performance of Rachmaninov Vespers, conducted by Dale Warland. Seriously, what are the chances!?

 

And so, after 4 years of silence, Rebecca called me out of the blue on Wednesday afternoon, with the terrible news of Van Cliburn’s death.  Still in shock, I hear her asking me if I could help find the song…

 

There was no question, I had to do it. For Cliburn! Fortunately, Russian music fans share a lot of materials on the web, and in a short time I found a gorgeous YouTube recording of the Ducks song performed by a native Russian choir from Voronezh, and even a PDF page of a two-voice version with a piano reduction.  This song is beautiful. It is about mourning a loved one who left home and will never return. It’s a perfect farewell song!  Here it is (this recording left a few verses out):

 

 

A few minutes after I sent the files to Rebecca, she wrote back saying not to bother. Unfortunately, the team is too nervous; the fact that the funeral service will be broadcast live on national TV this Sunday made the pressure even greater on all of them. They saw no other alternativebut to take the song in question off the list…

 

So I thought to myself, if “Ducks” won’t be sung at the service in Texas, then I will sing it at my home, in Pennsylvania. For Cliburn! It won’t really matter to him — his soul will hear the beloved song no matter who sings it and where. At least this way his memory will be honored.  And that’s all that matters in the end.

 

After spending a little more time searching the Russian web, I was lucky enough to find a beautiful SATB chorus arrangement posted on a public domain music site by some Russian enthusiasts. I sent it to Rebecca immediately.  She loved the song but gave me little hope that the director would reconsider.

 

It didn’t matter to me.  I would sing it on Sunday, for Cliburn. It felt very special that, by a lucky turn of the fate, I was told which song he wanted to hear and that I could grant his last wish!  I said a little prayer and asked Universe to help me let go of any regrets about the song being taken out of the list. Gratitude filled my heart.  And this is how I went to bed on Wednesday night.

 

The next day brought a lot of work, and my mind was too busy to think about anything else. Suddenly, at 3 pm my phone rang. It was a Texas number.  My heart sank. Archie Bailey himself was on the phone. He was so thankful and said that they loved the SATB arrangement I had sent, and that it would work but only if I can provide transcription and translation of the text. This had to be done by  “yesterday” of course.

 

The rest is history – I had a couple of intensebut totally rewarding hours, typing the English transliterations into the 6-page score, translating the song, and making an MP3 recording of myself reading the Russian text slowly to help the choir. Here is the transcribed score :

Ducks are flying. PDF. Fully Transcribed SATB Score

 

All is well so far, the dress rehearsal is on Saturday,  the service will start at 3 pm on Sunday, March 3, at Broadway Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX.  I have no doubt that this will be a beautiful service celebrating the life of Van Cliburn. By the way, Moscow Nights is also on the list!

 

I will be forever grateful for this incredible life experience. While it is such sad news for all of us who loved Van, this amazing story made his passing so much more personal to me, and at the same time somewhat easier to bear because I was called to and could help make his last wish come true.  I hope it helps you in the same way too, as we say goodbye to the great beloved Pianist and Person.

 

Ducks Are Flying – Летят Утки

Russian Folk Song (English translation by Inna Heasley)

 

1.

Ducks are flying, ducks and two geese are flying.

Oh, the one I love, the one I love – won’t see him back.
2.

I fell in love, I fell in love, so young.

Oh, it must be my fate, must be my fate.

3.

My love left, my love went beyond Voronezh  [town in Russia – ih]

Oh, now nothing will bring him back.
4.

My sweet, when you, my sweet, abandon me,

Oh, don’t tell, don’t tell of what you know.

5.

Oh, how hard, how hard to say good bye –

Oh, eyes are open, eyes are open, tears pouring down.

6.

Wheat’s in blossom, wheat’s in blossom, bending down to the ground,

Oh, my heart is aching for my sweet, for my sweet.

 

READ PART II

 

 

 


 

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