20160120_140348_resizedI mused in the listings section of our Jan. 21 print issue that of all the great classical composers out there, Tchaikovsky is probably the one who resonates best with Canadians. I based my reasoning on the fact that, like us, Tchaikovsky lived in hugely sprawling, wintery country. The harsh reality of life in Russia would have presumably shaped the character of his compositions, and since we share a similar environment here, it ‘s presumably shaped our psyches in a similar way.

Whether that factored into the Regina Symphony Orchestra’s thinking when programming this Masterworks Concert for the middle of winter I don’t know. But on¬†Saturday Jan. 23 the RSO is presenting¬†The Splendour of Tchaikovsky.

Guest soloist is ex-pat Regina violinist Erika Raum, and three works by the Russian composer are on the program: the Waltz from Eugene Onegin, a violin concerto and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. Curtain for the concert at Conexus Arts Centre is Saturday at 8 p.m., and you can find more information on the RSO website.