Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Comes to CFA

Posted: February 13, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Moscow State Radio Symphony and Chorus was founded on the concept of the BBC Symphony Orchestra’s successful radio series in the United Kingdom, and the organization has expanded its reach after the fall of Communism with worldwide tours. Visiting the Center for the Arts Concert Hall tomorrow at 8 p.m., the Symphony and Chorus will be led by Sergey Kondrashev, with guest pianist Navah Perlman.

They will present one of music’s most daring and popular compositions, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in C Minor, Opus 18, and a selection of Tchaikovsky pieces including “Long Live the King” (chorus from The Maid of Orleans) and the chorus and orchestra on Eugene Onegin, Act I, Scene 3.

Born in Moscow, Sergey Kondrashev has conducted the Moscow Philharmonie Orchestra and the Moscow State Radio Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, while also collaborating with several leading Russian opera theaters. In 2001, Kondrashev was named a principal conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre and has been hailed as one of Russia’s finest young talents.

Known for her lyrical eloquence on the stage, Navah Perlman has performed to critical acclaim throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. In addition to her successful solo career, Perlman collaborates frequently with violinist Kurt Nikkanen and cellist Zuill Bailey. Together they have appeared at the Kennedy Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, and the Barns at Wolf Trap, where the trio was awarded the Wolf Trap Debut Artists Award in 2001. Perlman attended the Juilliard School and holds an honors degree in art history from Brown University.

An artistic discussion, free to ticket holders, is held 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the hall’s Grand Tier. Tickets are regularly $50, $42, and $25; for this performance, faculty and staff can get tickets at half price by presenting a GMU ID at the box office. Charge by phone at 703-218-6500 or visit

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