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October 5, 2011
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Misha Rachlevsky, conductor

Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2011

Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at 4 p.m. 


FAIRFAX, Va., Oct. 4, 2011 – “Uncanny musicality, precision and verve … the sheer amount and velvety warmth of sound was thrilling,” says the San Francisco Classical Voice about Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, appears at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2011 at 4 p.m. Led by founder and music director Misha Rachlevsky, this dynamic ensemble 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. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The first half of the program will include Tchaikovsky’s Andante Cantabile, Op. 11 and Scherzo in C minor, Op. 42, as well as Shostakovich’s Chamber Symphony, Op. 110 and Bach’s Contrapunctus, No. 1, from “The Art of the Fugue.” After the intermission, Rachlevsky will poll the audience and let the majority select the music for the second half of the program.

“Misha Rachlevsky … elicited warm, full-blooded and virtuosic playing with colorfully shaped, gleaming phrases,” said The New York Times about this Moscow-born conductor who began studying violin at age 5 and completed his music studies at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. After leaving the then-Soviet Union in 1973, he lived and worked in various countries across three continents before settling in the United States in 1976. In 1984, Rachlevsky founded the New American Chamber Orchestra and helped it earn international acclaim, completing nine European tours in four years. In 1989, Rachlevsky accepted an offer from Granada in Spain, a two-year project in which the New American Chamber Orchestra became the resident orchestra of Granada while Rachlevsky helped establish Granada’s own chamber orchestra. After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, Swiss record label Claves approached Rachlevsky to record Russian works. He offered the suggestion to assemble an ensemble of Russian musicians for the project, and the result was Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2011.

Since its inception, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has maintained an active schedule, performing at prestigious venues at home in Moscow and touring regularly abroad. In addition, the ensemble has produced a catalog of more than 30 live and studio recordings featuring works by celebrated Russian masters such as Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov, Tchaikovsky and Schnittke, as well as other revered composers, including Vivaldi, Piazzolla, Schubert and Rossini. In addition to widespread international acclaim, the orchestra has earned such awards as the Diapason d’Or in France, the Critic Choice from London’s Gramaphone and The New York Times, and Record of the Year in Hong Kong, among others. “An ensemble of remarkably tight discipline and heart-on-the-sleeve expressiveness … the orchestra moves as a single voice through even the fastest of passages.” (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)


Tickets for CHAMBER ORCHESTRA KREMLIN are $23, $38, $46. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit 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


About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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