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August 15, 2013
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FAIRFAX, Va., Aug. 15, 2013 – One of Russia’s most dynamic chamber ensembles presents an afternoon of superb classical music when Chamber Orchestra Kremlin returns to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts in Fairfax on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at 4 p.m. Performing under the baton of its founder and Music Director Misha Rachlevsky, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin features some of the country’s finest young string players. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticketholders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III, and is sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

“Uncanny musicality, precision and verve … the sheer amount and velvety warmth of sound was thrilling,” says the San Francisco Classical Voice about this outstanding ensemble, which presents an program that includes Elgar’s “Serenade” as well as Dvořák’s carefree “Serenade for Strings.”  The chamber orchestra also performs Shostakovich’s dark “Chamber Symphony” followed by the contrasting masterpiece by Bach, Contrapunctus No. 1 from “The Art of the Fugue.”

Praised as “an ensemble of remarkably tight discipline and heart-on-the-sleeve expressiveness,” by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was founded in 1991 and has since earned recognition and acclaim as one of Russia’s top chamber orchestras. Since its inception, the ensemble has maintained an active schedule, performing for devoted audiences at home in Moscow and touring abroad. In its 22-year history, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has produced a catalog of more than 30 live and studio albums featuring works by such celebrated Russian masters as Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev, Rimsky-Korsakov and Schnittke, as well as such other revered composers as Rossini, Strauss, Schubert, Puccini, Vivaldi and Piazzolla.

“Misha Rachlevsky … elicited warm, full-blooded and virtuosic playing with colorfully shaped, gleaming phrases,” said The New York Times about this Moscow-born conductor whose violin studies commenced at the age of 5. Misha Rachlevsky completed his music studies at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music in Moscow before leaving the then-Soviet Union in 1973. In 1984, while living in the United States, Rachlevsky founded the New American Chamber Orchestra and helped the ensemble earn international acclaim through completing nine European tours in four years. In 1989, he accepted an offer from the city of Granada, Spain, in which the New American Chamber Orchestra became the city’s resident orchestra for two years, 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 Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was born.


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Tickets for CHAMBER ORCHESTRA KREMLIN are $50, $42 and $25. Youth Discount: tickets are half price for youth through grade 12. Visit the box office (open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.) or charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit The Center for the Arts complex is located on George Mason University’s Fairfax Campus at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the Mason Pond Parking Deck adjacent the Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university Lot K. For more information, please visit Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter at @GMU_CFA.


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, Art and Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.


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