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THE NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC OF RUSSIA WITH CONDUCTOR VLADIMIR SPIVAKOV AT GMU'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS
THE NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC OF RUSSIA
WITH CONDUCTOR VLADIMIR SPIVAKOV
AND PIANIST DENIS MATSUEV
Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8 p.m.
FAIRFAX, Va., March 19, 2009 – Founded in 2003 at the initiative of President Vladimir Putin and the Ministry of Culture, the National Philharmonic of Russia has quickly become a musical symbol of the new, postreconstruction Russia. Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Vladimir Spivakov has assembled some of Russia’s finest musicians, who combine technical virtuosity with a rare capacity to immerse themselves in the music and draw the audience into that experience. Pianist and Tchaikovsky Competition Gold Medalist Denis Matsuev joins this impressive orchestra for an incredible night of music at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Friday, April 24 at 8 p.m. The program for the performance includes Tchaikovsky’s "Romeo and Juliet" Fantasy-Overture, Prokofiev’s Four Pieces from "Romeo and Juliet" Suites, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 1 and Liadov’s "The Enchanted Lake." A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.
The National Philharmonic of Russia symbolizes the deep commitment the country maintains to its rich cultural traditions, as well as the bold steps it is taking toward an innovative and dynamic future. Spivakov upholds the standards of Russia’s great symphonic traditions, while also turning his attention to rarely performed works, 20th century pieces and compositions commissioned specifically for the orchestra. The company resides at the new spectacular Moscow International Performing Arts Center, of which Spivakov is the president. One of the largest performing arts centers in Europe, this is the first "Palace of Music" built in Russia in more than 100 years. Since a core mission of the orchestra is to promote and preserve Russia’s cultural heritage for future, the Center also hosts Spivakov’s International Charity Foundation, which supports talented young musicians and apprentice-conductors in Russia and other countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Leonard Bernstein once declared that Vladimir Spivakov belonged "to the Olympus of Music." This remarkable musician is a prominent violinist who has appeared as both a recitalist and orchestral soloist at musical venues around the world, and has performed as a well-respected guest conductor with such orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and London Symphony Orchestra. He is the founder, conductor and violin soloist of the Moscow Virtuosi; the music director and principal conductor of the Russian National Orchestra; and recently became the music director and principal conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to the International Charity Foundation, Spivakov is also active in human rights issues, and has worked on behalf of victims of the war in Afghanistan, the earthquake in Armenia and Chernobyl.
Described by The Washington Post as "The very real thing – an absolute powerhouse of a pianist," pianist Denis Matsuev has become fast-rising star on the international concert stage. He has appeared at hundreds of recitals at prestigious concert halls throughout the world, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, La Scala in Milan and the new Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall in St. Petersburg, among others. He has also performed with numerous orchestras around the world and throughout Russia. Throughout the past three years, Matsuev has been in collaboration with the Sergei Rachmaninoff Foundation and its president, Alexander Rachmaninoff, the grandson of the composer. Matsuev was chosen by the Foundation to perform and record pieces of Rachmaninoff’s, which were unknown until recently, on the composer’s own piano at the Rachmaninoff house. Matsuev made his Ravinia Festival debut in July 2008 with a program of this music.
The Center for the Arts is pleased to recognize the generous support of PNC and the PNC Foundation as sponsor of the 2008-2009 Great Performances at Mason Season.
Tickets for NATIONAL PHILHARMONIC OF RUSSIA are $60, $52, $30. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit www.tickets.com. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K. Visit www.gmu.edu/cfa
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