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St. Petersburg Symphony featuring Xiayin Wang

Date: 10.04.2011
Time: 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Location: Soka Performing Arts Center

Xiayin WangSt. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra featuring Xiayin Wang - Piano
Alexander Titov - Conductor

Under the baton of Artistic Director Alexander Titov, the St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra begins its U.S. Tour in Aliso Viejo as the first visiting foreign orchestra to perform at Soka Performing Arts Center.  On the program for the evening are:
• Weinberg: Rhapsody on Moldavian Themes
• Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No.3 with Xiayin Wang
• Tchaikovsky: Symphony No.4

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The St. Petersburg State Academic Symphony Orchestra (“The St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra”)

The orchestra was established in 1967. Its first leaders were some of the outstanding masters of the Leningrad conducting school, Nikolai Rabinovich, Karl Eliasberg, and Edward Grikurov. Its intentional policy of performing seldom-played repertoire of different musical styles and nations, and its eager attention to the music of living composers, also defined the orchestra's name: from its founding until 1985 it was called the "Orchestra of Ancient and Modern Music." The brightest moments for the ensemble during that period took place under the leadership of conductor Edward Serov, who headed the orchestra for 15 years. It was under his baton that the "Orchestra of Ancient and Modern Music" performed in hundreds of cities in the former Soviet Union and the world, recorded dozens of LPs for the Soviet Melodiya label, participated in the most prestigious festivals, and earned its ranking as Leningrad's third after the two famous philharmonic orchestras. Renowned soloists and conductors such as Yuri Temirkanov, Mariss Jansons, Sviatoslav Richter, Natalia Gutman, Elena Obraztsova, Grigory Sokolov, and many others performed with the orchestra in that era.

The orchestra's vast repertoire has become its "calling card." It performs music of every epoch, genre, and style, and has given many premiere performances of opuses by living composers. For its creative activities, professionalism, and promotion of Russian art abroad, the orchestra was given the honorary title of "Academic," which is only awarded in Russia to the highest echelon of cultural institutions.

This visit to the USA, the orchestra’s first since 1997, brings them to the new Soka Performing Arts Center in Orange County, CA; the Society of the Performing Arts in Houston; the National Gallery in Washington, DC; Music Worcester; Boston Symphony Hall; Kimmel Hall in Philadelphia; and Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, NYC. Following the USA concerts, the orchestra’s tour continues in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

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