Chekhov’s Grand Piano at The OSO

‘Chekhov’s Grand Piano’ interweaves music for violin and piano with readings from the ‘The Seagull’, ‘Ivanov’, ‘The Cherry Orchard’ and ‘The Three Sisters’ selected and read by actress Susan Porrett.

There are many parallels between the works of Anton Chekhov and the music of his compatriots. Chekhov’s writing is filled with allusions to music, especially the piano, and some of the plays have piano interludes. Shostakovich noted that Chekhov’s short stories were written in sonata form. Chekhov corresponded with Tchaikovsky whom he revered and his friend Rachmaninoff played the piano in Chekhov’s summer home The White Dacha at Yalta.

Tickets £16


Susan Porrett/Chekhov’s Grand Piano

Cabaret Beyond Borders at The OSO

A celebration of European diversityfrom Paris and Berlin to Zurich, Vienna, Budapest and Moscow…. 

Elena Lorenzi – vocals

Stefano Marzanni – piano 

International duo Elena Lorenzi and Stefano Marzanni take us on a journey into the fascinating world of cabaret from Parisian bistros to decadent 1930’s Berlin, and the underground clubs of Budapest, Vienna, Zurich and Moscow. 

In Cabaret Beyond Borders Elena and Stefano bring to life songs made famous by Edith Piaf and Dalida, from the satire of Mischa Spoliansky to the revolutionary spirit of Kurt Weill and the dynamic French chansons of Léo Ferré.

“atmospheric, stirring and deeply moving”

“Those smokey, stylish Parisian jazz clubs and edgy pre-ward Berlin cabarets…truly come to life again” 

(Audience comments at premiere performance)


Tickets £16

Stefano Marzanni & Elena Lorenzi