Founded in 1957, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra was directed by renowned conductors Samosud, Aranovich, Shostakovich and Rozhdestvensky until the early '90s when Maestro Valery Polyansky took over the position. Polyansky has successfully chosen the right repertoire for both the orchestra and the choir for several decades.
Ranked among the finest Russian symphony orchestras of the 21st century, the RSSO is a frequent visitor of numerous international festivals in European countries and the Far East. Their recent tours have taken place in Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Croatia, South Korea and Taiwan. The orchestra's upcoming season in 2014-15 will feature three major international tours to Great Britain, the United States, and Japan.
Feltsman, whose vast repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to 21st-century composers, has appeared with all the major American orchestras and on the most prestigious musical stages and festivals worldwide.
While at the Weis Center, they will perform: