The first part of the concert will present musical excerpts from the most renowned and popular masterpieces by the Russian composer, such as the ballets Nutcracker and Swan Lake, his Violin Concerto in D major, Symphonies, his operas Eugene Onegin and Queen of Spades, the
Fantasy Romeo and Juliet, 1812 Overture and many more.
How odd it was to realize that in the same auditorium that witnessed the world premieres of Mussorgsky's Boris Godunov, Borodin's Prince Igor and Tchaikovsky's Queen of Spades, the
sold-out matinee was for Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady.
In terms of faro he chooses the card on the right (the one that makes a punter lose), and this card, here associated with the countess, will reappear as the queen of spades, the
countess's card double, during the final night of gambling.