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Following the beautiful tradition, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra is taking part is one of the most exciting and romantic musical events of the Petersburg summer — I mean “The Nights of Music in Gatchina.” On July 3, at 23:00, the Orchestra’s musicians will appear on the stage at Lake White in the Emperor’s Park to make happy the multiple visitors, residents and guests of Petersburg, by performing Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Dvořák, Saint-Saëns, and Borodin. The soloists will be Norwegian pianist Nils Mortensen and violinist Semyon Klimashevsky of Petersburg, with the orchestra conducted by well-known Lithuanian maestro Modestas Pitrenas.
The last SPSSO concert of the Petersburg Mozartianas cycle in the 2014/2015 season will be held on June 25 in the Jani Kirik Concert Hall in Dekabristov Street.
The program will contain Third Concerto for Piano and Orchestra of Beethoven and Symphony No. 39, a pearl in the symphony collection of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. This evening, the renowned Mexican maestro Jesus Medina will be at the conductor podium, with excellent young pianist Pavel Raikerus of St. Petersburg as the soloist.
SPSSO has successfully recorded works of St. Petersburg’s famous composer Boris Tishchenko for the worldwide label Naxos, the biggest one in classical music. Eighth Symphony, Concerto for Violin, Piano, and Strings, and Three Songs to Words by Marina Tsvetaeva were recorded on CD in Studio One of the Radio House. The soloists were well-known Petersburg musicians, violinist Chingiz Osmanov, pianist Nikolai Mazhara and singer Mila Shkirtil. The effort was led by conductor Yuri Serov who has been promoting Tishchenko’s music for many years.
Under the baton of Belgian conductor Walter Proost, SPSSO is starting a new colossal recording effort. Seven Beethoven concertos will be recorded in six days: five for piano and orchestra, a piano version of the violin concerto, and the concerto for violin, cello, and piano with orchestra. The main soloist and inspirer of the entire project is the renowned Brazilian pianist Eliane Rodrigues. Her partners in the Triple Concerto will be Belgian cellist Luc Tooten and violinist Chingiz Osmanov, the Orchestra’s concertmaster.
One of the most noteworthy concerts in St. Petersburg dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War will take place at the Oktyabrsky Concert Hall today. The world-famous Russian baritone Dmitry Khvorostovsky will perform a new program with the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra. He will sing ever-loved songs about the War by Blanter, Basner, Solovyov-Sedoy, Pakhmutova, Petrov, Molchanov, and other remarkable composers. Event conductor: Konstantin Orbelian.
SPSSO will participate in the opening of the Petersburg Music Spring festival in the Grand Hall of the Philharmonic. The musical director of the event is St.Petersburg’s prominent conductor Alexander Titov, a masterful interpreter of music of today’s composers. The concert’s program includes music by V. Nagovitsin, V. Basner, and S. Slonimsky.
On the birthday of the great Russian composer, SPSSO will perform in the Grand Hall of the Philharmonic with a program of works of Peter Tchaikovsky. The Orchestra will perform the Festival Coronation March, Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, and Suite No. 3 under the baton of Peter Feranec, a well-known maestro from Slovakia. Violinist Ailen Pritchin, one of Russia’s most remarkable young musicians, will be the soloist.
On April 1, the St. Petersburg Sinfonietta, the SPSSO chamber ensemble led by well-known St. Petersburg violinist Chingiz Osmanov, will perform in the White Ceremonial Hall of Gatchina Imperial Palace. They will play opuses of Mozart and Tchaikovsky.
The sales of the Orchestra’s subscriptions for the next season are starting from April 1. The audiences will hear interesting concerts; for their programs please visit the Orchestra’s website. The subscriptions are sold in the box office of Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace and by distributors.
A new CD with recordings of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra has been released, containing some highlights of the Musica Romantica 2015 festival at the Swiss alpine resort Saas-Fee where the orchestra participated. Under the baton of conductors Walter Proost, Yuri Serov, Dirk Vermeulen, and Eliane Rodrigues the Orchestra performs music of Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Rodrigo, and Shostakovich.