Center for the Arts Welcomes Kirov Orchestra

Posted: November 11, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great, the Kirov Orchestra of the Mariinsky Theater enjoys a distinguished history as one of the oldest musical traditions in Russia. Under the leadership of Valery Gergiev, the Kirov Orchestra will appear at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m.

The program includes Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” Suite No. 3, op. 109, and Act III from “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as a Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 4, featuring Alexei Volodin as piano soloist.

The Kirov Orchestra’s frequent worldwide tours have earned it the reputation of what one journalist referred to as “the world’s first global orchestra.” Maestro Gergiev has taken the orchestra to 45 countries, forging important relationships with the world’s greatest opera houses, including the Metropolitan Opera in New York, the Royal Opera House in London, the San Francisco Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris and La Scala in Milan.

In addition to conducting the Kirov Orchestra for the past 20 years, Gergiev is currently principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, principal guest conductor of the Metropolitan Opera and principal conductor of the Rotterdam Philharmonic.

Alexei Volodin is a concert pianist from St. Petersburg who began studying piano there at age nine before moving to Moscow. He studied at the Gnessin Music School and the Moscow Conservatoire, and later at the Theo Lieven International Piano Foundation in Como.

Volodin gave his debut recital at the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris. He has toured across Europe, Asia and Australia, and performed with celebrated orchestras worldwide.

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