Spirit Winter Percussion presents their 2017 show, The Etchings of a Soul: A Russian Illustration
People tough as nails, vast, harsh wilderness, babushkas, expansive land stretching across 9 time zones, Red Square in all its glory, Lake Baikal—the world’s oldest, and deepest freshwater lake, opulent architecture in the middle of an incredibly harsh environment. What do these things have in common?
Did the Russian people become tough, strong, and longstanding because they were that way to begin with, or did their harsh environment cause them to become sturdy and enduring? Does your environment make you who you are, or do you form your environment? This is the question we will explore throughout the 2017 Spirit Winter Percussion Season.
THE SHOW:The show opens with a cadenza of the violin solo from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, that sets the stage for the exploration of this unanswered question. Does a harsh environment create stalwart people who are always pushing the limits of grandiose architecture? Or are the people strong to begin with, so they create the environment they live in?
Book 1: ManHere we explore the people of Russia. As reflected in Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, everything is BIG. We see the expansive Red Square, robust monuments, enduring people, and decadent buildings covered in gold; Russians are a proud, sturdy people. Then we look to the small villages located in the heart of the Siberian tundra where its inhabitants withstand arduous winters with temperatures as low as -89 degrees Fahrenheit! Across the tundra, the Yakut nomadic herders have endured these rough winters for hundreds of years and it has become a natural part of their lives. Do people create the environment in which they live?
Book 2: EnvironmentLush and expansive in a whole different way, we explore Russia’s land of colossal beauty and incredible diversity, using Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini. This country’s geography spans 3.8 million square miles, stretching from the Baltic to the Bering Seas - about 70 times the size of the United Kingdom. The land includes broad plains with low hills, expansive coniferous forests, the tundra of Siberia and the uplands, the mountains along the southern border regions, and Lake Baikal—the world’s oldest and deepest freshwater lake. With only 7% of arable land, this rugged terrain is stunning and equally treacherous. Do these environments form the people who live in them?
Books 3 & 4: The Question
These books continue to explore this question of whether man creates its environment, or whether the environment creates the man. Using Khachaturian’s Lezginka from the Gayane Suite, and a full arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade, we continue the conversation. Scholars have pondered and researched this question for hundreds of years, continuously coming up dry. In the end, the question has been stated and it’s up to each individual to continue to ponder this age old question, OR come to their own conclusion.
Does your environment form who you are, or do you form your environment?
2017 Season ScheduleFind the location nearest you!
February 25 - Dartmouth, MA
February 26 - Tewksbury, MA
March 4 - WGI Regionals in Trumbull, CT
March 11 - NESBA Regionals in Dartmouth, MA
March 19 - Somerset Berkley, MA
March 25 & 26 - WGI East Power Regionals in Toms River, NJ
April 1 - NESBA Championships in Worcester, MA
April 15 - Dayton Invitational (WGI Preview Show), Salem, MA
April 20-22 - WGI World Championships, Dayton, OH
2017 Season Scores:
NESBA Show, Dartmouth, MA - February 25
88.4 - 1st Place in the Percussion Independent Open Division
NESBA Show, Tewksbury, MA - February 26
89.4 - 1st Place in the Percussion Independent Open Division
WGI Regional Prelims, Trumbull High School - March 4
85.75 - 1st Place in the Percussion Independent Open Division
WGI Regional Finals, Trumbull High School - March 4
86.9 - 1st Place in the Percussion Independent Open Division
NESBA Regionals, Dartmouth, MA - March 11
90.2 - 1st Place in the Percussion Independent Open Division
NESBA Show, Somerset Berkley, MA - March 19
91.7 - 1st Place in the Percussion Independent Open Division
WGI East Coast Power Regional Prelims, Toms River, NJ - March 25
89.9 - 1st Place in the Percussion Independent Open Division
WGI East Coast Power Regional Finals, Toms River, NJ - March 26
89.425 - 1st Place in the Percussion Independent Open Division