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An Enchanting Evening of Russian Romance

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by EJ Daniel (subscribe)
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Published February 10th 2014
Love Rockets Russian Romance
February, sigh, that month after the end-of-silly-season-funk one gets in during January, which rears its ugly head alarmingly quickly, screaming, "love is everywhere, everywhere you look around!"

As my 3-year-old would declare loudly, "I got a good idea!!!"

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra ABC Classic FM live broadcasts - image courtesy ABC Classic FM
Launch into Love this Valentine's Day


Let's do something about V day date night. Maybe you look forward to Valentine's Day each year, maybe you don't, maybe you think it's a heap of cow dung. Well, maybe, just this once, just for this year, you should get a little… classically creative… just an idea.

Australian concert season is just starting up for the year and if you have ever listened to ABC's Classic FM you will know that they record, and broadcast, these live performances for your absolute listening pleasure - free to air!

So my big idea is... to stay in for Valentine's Day, and wine and dine your amore with The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra live in the background. Think about it: no cab fares, no expensive baby sitters, no restaurant doozies, no awkward places with no ambience.

ABC Classic FM live broadcasts stay in for Valentine's Day - image courtesy physicsworld.com
Love in the stars


On the flip of course it's lovely to head out for a night, particularly if you don't get to go out often, and by all means do, if you want to. I'm certainly not trying to be a cheapskate either, but think about it - by staying in and saving money on baby sitters (if you need them), cab fares, having to buy wine/champagne/spirits from the proprietor at way above cost, you can spend an equal amount of your hard earned cash on a knock-your-socks off bottle of (insert your favourite beverage), and whatever it is you'd like to eat.

Stay in for Valentine's Day with ABC Classic FM - image courtesy Wikipedia
The Blue Sultana (Princess Sheherazade) by Leon Bakst


Classic FM has a pretty exciting line up for the launching of the new Concert Season and Valentine's Day is no exception! The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO), launches its Gala opening night on the 14th February and they have a wonderful evening for you on Friday.

From 8:30pm on Friday night 14th February, ASO launch their season with a gala featuring pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk playing Rachmaninov in an all-Russian program that will certainly help you sweep someone off their feet.

Billed as a "Russian spectacular that will take you from the world of Arabia to Romeo and Juliet", it is supremely romantic night of music. Definitely worth transforming your place into your own private restaurant and having this play in the background.

Romeo & Juliet The Balcony by Ford Madox Brown 1870 image courtesy Wikipedia
Listen to the ASO play Tchaikovsky's Romeo & Juliet this Valentine's Day


Tchaikovsky's beautiful yet stormy musical portrait of Shakespeare's star-crossed lovers opens the concert and Russian pianist Alexander Gavrylyuk joins the ASO for Rachmaninov's formal miracle: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. Rimsky-Korsakov's symphonic suite Scheherazade is his exotic take on The Arabian Nights which tells the tale of Princess Sultana Scheherazade's dramatic seduction of the evil Sultan Schariar.

It's perfect, right?

Valentine's Day In - image courtesy author
Flowers for lovers


Your entire evening on Classic FM has a romantic theme and I don't know what could be more sexy than a night full of classical Russian music. Friday night's line up is completely enchanting, the quintessentially romantic classical greats. It's all very exciting really.

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Why? Classical giants in the comfort of your own home
When: Valentine's Day, or whenever
Where: Your place, or theirs...
Cost: Free
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by beejay (score: 0|3) 1192 days ago
I know, I'm not sure why? Keep your eye on abc classic fm's website as there is still many fabulous live broadcasts throughout the year! :)
by EJ Daniel (score: 1|46) 1192 days ago
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