Saturday, Nov. 15, 7:30 p.m.
Weis Center

Russian State Symphony Orchestra The Russian State Symphony Orchestra, known in Russia as the State Symphony Capella of Russia, was established in 1991. Its founding followed a merge of the State Symphony Orchestra of the USSR Ministry of Culture led by Gennady Rozhdestvensky and the USSR State Chamber Choir under Valery Polyansky. Valery Polyansky became artistic director and chief conductor of the orchestra in 1992. Under Polyansky the Russian State Symphony Orchestra ventured into new exciting artistic projects and has been partnered with a choir to establish Polyansky's State Symphony Capella.

The orchestra has received worldwide critical acclaim and is currently ranked among the finest symphonic ensembles in Russia and have recorded extensively for the Chandos label. Critics have commented on the strict discipline of the ensemble, its flexibility of phrasing, the warmth of timbre, nobility of expression, and excellent balance between the different sections of the orchestra, as well as the subtlety of nuance evident in its performances. The close creative unity and mutual understanding between the orchestra and conductor has made the ensemble known for its ability to realize some of the most sophisticated artistic concepts.

While at the Weis Center, they will perform:

  • Tchaikovsky: Slavonic March, Op. 31
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
  • Prokofieff: Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100

Listen to the Russian State Symphony Orchestra

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