Magnificent Music Series (2011-12 Season)

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Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev, conductor

  • October 8, 2011 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Valery Gergiev, conductor

One of Russia’s oldest and most respected musical organizations, this phenomenal ensemble is one of the world’s great orchestras. With a reputation for extraordinary musicianship, the Mariinsky Orchestra sets the standard to which others aspire, particularly in the performance of music by the Russian masters. “The gripping performances these musicians from St. Petersburg offered had such intensity, character, and insight that it was hard to imagine the music played with more authority.” (The New York Times) Formed more than 225 years ago, the orchestra of the Mariinsky Theatre (formerly the Kirov Orchestra) has a long and distinguished history. Esteemed Maestro Valery Gergiev leads the orchestra in an exciting all-Tchaikovsky performance that includes the Russian master's Symphony No. 5 and Piano Concerto No. 1 performed by Tchaikovsky competition Grand Prize winner Daniil Trifonov. “The Orchestra is a perfectly balanced, impeccably blended virtuoso instrument, and Gergiev plays it with masterly élan.” (Los Angeles Times)

$60, $52, $30

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin: Misha Rachlevsky, conductor

  • November 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Misha Rachlevsky, conductor

This dynamic, young ensemble makes its Center for the Arts debut under the baton of its founder and music director, Misha Rachlevsky. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is composed of some of Russia’s finest string players, who have helped the orchestra earn international recognition as one of Russia’s leading ensembles. “Uncanny musicality, precision, and verve…the sheer amount and velvety warmth of sound was thrilling,” says the San Francisco Classical Voice. Founded in 1991, this gifted orchestra has carved a niche for itself, performing to a devoted audience at its home in Moscow, maintaining a full schedule of international concerts and festivals, and producing more than 30 recordings. This performance includes a unique opportunity for audience participation.  After performing music of the Russian masters in the first half of the concert, Maestro Rachlevsky will poll the audience and let the majority choose the music that the orchestra will perform in the second half of the program.. “This is an ensemble of remarkably tight discipline and heart-on-the-sleeve expressiveness.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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$46, $38, $23

Tschaikowski St. Petersburg State Orchestra: Roman Leontiev, conductor

  • February 4, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Roman Leontiev, conductor
Alexandre Pirojenko, piano

Since its founding shortly after World War II, this grand orchestra has developed an extremely diverse repertoire ranging from Baroque through 20th century music. Their moving performances often include compositions by Vivaldi, Bach, and Handel, as well as Stravinsky and Poulenc—and, of course, works by the great Russian composers Rachmaninoff, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, and Tchaikovsky. The orchestra also regularly commissions and performs new works each season. Under the direction of music director and chief conductor Roman Leontiev, the orchestra performs an exciting program, featuring Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé: Suite No. 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade for Orchestra, Op. 35.  Prize-winning pianist Alexandre Pirojenko joins the orchestra for Prokofiev’s Concerto No. 1 in D-flat major.

This performance is generously sponsored by Evelyn and Tom Kiley.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Nicole Lacroix, WETA 90.9 FM (Feb 4, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $42, $25

Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic: Eugene Tzigane, conductor

  • March 4, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Concert Hall

Eugene Tzigane, conductor
Amit Peled, cello

For the past 60 years, this accomplished 80-member orchestra has fulfilled a vital role as cultural ambassadors for its region to Europe and abroad. Based in Herford, Germany, the Nordwest Deutsche Philharmonic has earned an international reputation for its consummate technical skill, motivated professionalism, and captivating enthusiasm. This has attracted such world-class, opera luminaries as Anna Netrebko, Renée Fleming, Placido Domingo, and Elena Garanca, who have all been accompanied by the orchestra on their tours of Germany. Under the direction of principal conductor Eugene Tzigane, the ensemble performs Grieg’s Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 and Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C minor. Virtuoso cellist Amit Peled joins the orchestra for Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor by Victor Herbert.

Pre-Performance Discussion: Nicole Lacroix, WETA 90.9 FM (Mar 4, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$50, $42, $25

Christopher O’Riley / Matt Haimovitz: Shuffle.Play.Listen.

  • March 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Concert Hall

Christopher O’Riley, piano
Matt Haimovitz, cello

Two outstanding artists, each known for breaking down the barriers in classical music, come together in a collaboration that weaves in and out of the classical and pop music genres. This fascinating program explores the lyrical and virtuosic beauty of their instruments and spans centuries and genres with works by Bach, Radiohead, Piazzolla, and Stravinsky among others. Recognized as one of the leading pianists of his generation, Christopher O’Riley has toured extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician; hosts the popular NPR program, From the Top; and has released a set of acclaimed recordings. “O’Riley played so delicately that he seemingly left no fingerprints on the keys, yet his melodies sung out with sweet clarity.” (The Washington Post) Matt Hamovitz debuted as a cello soloist at age 13 with Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic, and has since worked toward redefining the role of a classical artist, performing at coffeehouses and clubs along with international engagements. “Hearing a cello played with such fervor and commitment—not to mention high artistry—is a priceless experience.” (Los Angeles Times)

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Pre-Performance Discussion: Christopher O'Riley & Matt Haimovitz (Mar 24, 2012) Pre-Performance Discussion

$42, $34, $21