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SPSSO is meeting the spring with Viennese classics. On Wednesday, March 4 a next concert in the “Petersburg Mozartianas” cycle will be held at the Glinka Philharmonic Hall. Under the baton of Peter Feranec, prominent maestro from Bratislava, Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) of Ludwig van Beethoven, a keystone opus in the worldwide symphony repertoire, will be performed. In Mozart’s Concerto No. 24 in C minor, the orchestra’s partner will be Irish pianist Michael O’Rourke, well-known to music lovers of St. Petersburg.
Due to repair in the state rooms of Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, the 5th concert of Series 1 and 2 on March 29 is relocated to the Column Hall of the Pedagogical University (48 Moika); the 6th final concert of Series 1 and 2 on April 26 is relocated to the Concert Hall of the Mravinsky School of Arts, 44 Warshavskaya Street.
SPSSO has signed a contract with the U.S. company Naxos, a leader of the worldwide classical music market, for recording of a compact disc of Petersburg’s outstanding composer Boris Tishchenko (1939-2010). The program will include the maestro’s opuses of the very last years, Symphony No. 8 and Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Strings, and one of his earliest works, Three Songs to Words by Marina Tsvetaeva in the version for voice with orchestra.
On Saturday, February 7 SPSSO will play its first concert of the Petersburg Mozartiana cycle in the Jaani Kirik Concert Hall. In the program that may be defined as a research concert you will hear a chronicle of Mozart’s last days and a story of the enigma of his death — and a performance of his famous Requiem for chorus, soloists, and orchestra. Program author, presenter, and conductor: Yuri Serov.
The team of the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra has returned from a concert tour of U.S. cities. All the appearances of Petersburg’s musicians without exception were to a packed house; the American audiences met them with sincere delight. The tour and venue managers offer the Orchestra to continue successful creative cooperation.
On January 4, 2015 SPSSO is leaving for a large concert tour in the United States. Under the baton of US conductor Vladimir Lande, the Orchestra will appear in Washington, DC, New York City, and nine more cities of that country. The soloists will be pianist Andrei Gavrilov and cellist Dmitry Kouzov. The program offers works of Mozart, Schumann, Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Rachmaninoff, Bernstein, and Shostakovich.
The compact disc recording of the oratorio Radonezh by St. Petersburg’s composer Vladislava Malakhovskaya is completed in the Radio House studio. It is dedicated to the 700th anniversary of St. Sergius of Radonezh. This work was ordered by the Government of St. Petersburg; the performers were the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Arkady Shteinlukht, Chamber Choir of St. Petersburg, and well-known vocal soloists.
In February 2015, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra will start a cycle of concerts titled Mozartianas in Petersburg with SPSSO. Our city’s music lovers will hear works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the God of Music, and his contemporaries and followers; excellent soloists and conductors from several countries worldwide will be the orchestra’s partners. The concerts will be held in the Minor Hall of the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace and in the Estonian Church in Dekabristov Street.
On December 28, in the Mirror Hall of Beloselsky-Belozersky Palace, the St. Petersburg State Symphony Orchestra will give a New Year Concert, an already traditional event. The program includes overtures, waltzes, marches, polkas, scenes from operettas, suites from musicals, and songs by Suppe, Waldteufel, Tchaikovsky, Verdi, Kálmán, Lehár, Loewe, Johann Strauss the Elder and Johann Strauss the Younger. The Orchestra will perform under the baton of US conductor Vladimir Lande, with Mariinsky soprano Ekaterina Shimanovich as the soloist of the concert.
A new compact disc recorded in St. Petersburg in April 2014 for the US label Delos became available on November 11. Marcelo Alvarez, a prominent Argentine tenor of our times, and SPSSO under the baton of conductor Constantine Orbelian present the most popular tenor arias from operas of Puccini, Leoncavallo, Giordano, Mascagni and Massenet, and seldom-performed music by Verismo-era composers Gomes, Cilea, Zandonai, and Halévy.