The Russian National Orchestra Has March Appearance at Center for the Arts

Posted: February 15, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Russian National Orchestra (RNO), founded in 1990 as the first independent orchestra in Russia’s history, will perform at George Mason’s Center for the Arts under the baton of Vladimir Jurowski at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 10.

The first Russian ensemble to win a GRAMMY, the RNO has, despite its relative youth, been honored for its virtuosity, its independent style and its adventurous commissioning program. It was founded by internationally renowned pianist, conductor and composer Mikhail Pletnev.

Jurowski is a member of the orchestra’s groundbreaking Conductor Collegium, which allows internationally renowned conductors to share podium leadership. He began his collaboration with RNO in 2002. Jurowski is music director of the Glyndebourne Festival Opera and Principal Guest Conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

At the Center for the Arts, he will direct the orchestra in a program of Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky, including excerpts from “The Sleeping Beauty” and “La baiser de la fée” (“The Fairy’s Kiss”).

Gramophone magazine (UK) called the orchestra’s first recording in 1991 of Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique as the best in history. Since then, the RNO has made more than 30 recordings with internationally revered conductors such as Mikhail Pletnev, Mstislav Rostropovich, Kent Nagano and Alexander Vedernikov. Unique among principal Russian ensembles, the RNO is independent of the government, is supported by private funding and is governed by a distinguished multinational board of trustees.

A pre-performance discussion, led by WETA-FM Radio personality Nicole LaCroix and RNO Chief Executive Sergei Markov, will be held 45 minutes prior to the curtain on the Hall’s Grand Tier.

This performance is sponsored by Phaup Wealth Management Group of Wachovia Securities.

Tickets are $50, $42 and $25. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit

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