Take a musical journey through one of the most majestic and stirring pieces in the classical repertory: Russian composer Modest Mussorgsky's showpiece Pictures at an Exhibition. Written by Mussorgsky in response to the tragic death of the artist Viktor Hartmann, the famous "Great Gate of Kiev" movement was inspired by a sketch of a gate that was to have been built in Czar Alexander II of Russia's honor. (Interesting fact: It was a timely alliance between President Lincoln and Alexander that kept England and France from helping the South topple the Union during the Civil War.) You'll also enjoy the gentle and poignant Requiem by Gabriel Fauré, the French composer whose works crossed the divide from 19th-century Romanticism to 20th-century modernism. As organist at the famed La Madeleine church in Paris, Fauré grew tired of pounding out the same songs funeral after funeral. So in 1887, he started to compose his own Requiem, a Mass for the Dead which would live on as one of the most beloved pieces in the choral repertoire. These two stirring pieces, along with other works by Fauré and Aleksander Borodin, combine for a fantastic evening of music at California Theatre in San Jose.