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From Russia With Love - May 4, 5, 6

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Classical Series

2018 - 2019

The Symphony welcomes the return of Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis for this Russian-themed program. The critically acclaimed Alexander Toradze replaces the previously scheduled Olga Kern to perform Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No. 2. Written as a playful birthday present for his 19-year-old son, it brims with ebullience, tenderness and humor. Stravinsky’s bright and festive fairytale-like Scherzo Fantastique buzzes with exotic tone colors and perpetual motion. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 carries us through an emotion-packed soundscape of luscious Slavic folksongs, melancholy melodies, lilting waltzes and tempestuous drama before blazing to victory.

Toradze has appeared as soloist with literally all the major orchestras in the world, such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the London Symphony Orchestra, the New York Philharmonic and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Conductor Laureate Bruno Ferrandis says, “Alexander Toradze is a legend! He actually knew Shostakovich! It will be an honor to have him perform with us here.  He has performed with the greatest soloists of Russia including Mstislav Rostropovich and all of their greatest artists and conductors Gergiev, and Temirkanov.”

“He plays as a man possessed, as if umbilically attached to the instrument, which in his hands becomes as varied and expressive as a full orchestra.”
--The Guardian, London


Concert Conversation with Bruno Ferrandis and Alexander Toradze

Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 6:30 PM
Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 2:00 PM
Monday, May 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM
These Concert Conversations are general seating and free to Classical Series concert ticket holders. Approximately 30 minutes in Weill Hall.

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We gratefully acknowledge the generous contributions from the following:

Sponsored by Viking Cruises
Conductor Bruno Ferrandis underwritten by Norma Person, In memory of Evert Person 
Guest Artist Alexander Toradze underwritten by Alan and Susan Seidenfeld
Discovery Open Rehearsal Series sponsored by The Stare Foundation and David Stare of Dry Creek Vineyard
Pre -Concert Talks Sponsored by Jamei Haswell and Richard Grundy



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