Svetlana will return to the area for a concert at Falmouth’s Gallery on Main on Friday, October 25.
Svetlana Shmulyian grew up in the grim reality of Soviet Russia, finding escape inside Moscow’s movie theaters, where she could dream of a better life. Her family of engineers wanted her to be a mathematician, but she enrolled in the Moscow College of Improvised Music instead and found her way to New York to achieve her dream of being a jazz musician.
After landing in Brooklyn, her Svetlana and the Delancey Five group was made famous by its regular appearances at The Back Room, one of only two remaining speakeasies in New York City that operated during Prohibition.
Going by just her first name, Svetlana came to Falmouth two years ago and sold out shows at Highfield Hall and Woods Hole Community Hall. This year she’s back with her quartet performing selections from her new album, “Night at the Movies,” which includes movie soundtracks from the 1930s to the present.
Searching through 100 years of movies, Svetlana has come up with a program reflecting a variety of styles and time periods but carrying one common theme—dreaming. Every song and arrangement is a little different. Whether it’s the familiar “When You Wish Upon a Star,” or the less-well-known “Watch What Happens” from the Umbrellas of Cherbourg, the music will help the listener dream of a better life the same way it did for Svetlana many years ago.
General admission to the show is $30. Doors open at 5:30 PM for the 6:30 PM show.
Tickets can be purchased at www.thegalleryonmainfalmouth.com, at the gallery at 317 Main Street, or by calling 508-444-6073.