Moscow City Symphony
Russian Philharmonic

Festival «To the 10th anniversary of Russian Philharmonic»

Date and time: 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 18:00
Venue: 
Moscow International House of Music. Svetlanov Hall
Program: 
P. Tchaikovsky. Concerto for violin and orchestra
G. Gershwin. Cuban Overture
L. Bernstein. Suite from musical West Side Story
Conductor: 
David Handel (USA)
Soloist: 
Rachel Barton Pine, violin (USA)

Concert is held with assistance of the Embassy of the USA in Russian Federation

Concerto for violin and orchestra by Tchaikovsky – one of the most well-known compositions of world musical classic – will be executed by violinist Rachel Barton Pine. She received a gold medal at the J.S. Bach International Violin Competition (Leipzig, 1992). Prize-winner of the Queen Elizabeth (Brussels, 1993), Kreisler (Vienna, 1992), Szigeti (Budapest, 1992) International Violin Competitions. She won prize for her interpretation of the Paganini Caprices at the Paganini International Violin Competition (Genoa, 1992). Rachel Barton performs with the best orchestras of the USA, Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, etc.

Jazz made great influence on creative work of famous American composer George Gershwin. The main stylistic peculiarity of music by Gershwin is combination of Afro-American jazz and folk traditions, Broadway pop music with European classical music. Gershwin wrote: “Rumba (original title of Cuban Overture) – is symphonic overture which reflects the essence of Cuban dance”. Along with traditional instruments of symphony orchestra Gershwin used cuban percussion: cuban stick, bongo, gued, and cuban rattles.

Musical West Side Story based on the play West Side Story by A. Laurents was created by Leonard Bernstein. It is modern love story of Romeo and Juliet in New York of 60-s in which enmity of new Montagues and Capulets - Americans and Puerto-Ricans – extinguishes loving young people. But “eternal plot” was modernized in so talented way that it began to live its own life and West Side Story became a classic of the genre. Musical dramaturgy by Bernstein depicts all nuances of the plot, outlining masterfully comedy, tragedy, and farce. The performance was shown 734 times. In 1961 the musical was put on the screen by Robert Wise, it became a great event, won 10 Oscar Awards for music and choreography as well. After such success the musical began its triumphant walk around the world.

American conductor David Handel developed an extraordinary reputation of one of the most respective conductors of Latin America. On the invitation of Kurt Mazur, director of Gewandhaus of Leipzig, David Handel worked as an assistant of conductor of this very famous orchestra. Since then Handel conducted orchestras of many countries, made records for international TV-channels and radio stations. In 1993 David Handel conducted New York Philharmonic Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. As a guest conductor he toured a lot about USA, Europe, Asia, and Latin America. David Handel is twice scholar of prestigious Fulbright Program, laureate of Chicago International Program. He received a lot of awards, including two Rackham Awards, Margaret Lapp Scholarship for outstanding music talent, two Awards from Chicago Department of Culture and Illinois Council of Arts, UNESCO/Santa-Cruz National Award in culture (Bolivia), scholarship from Leipzig Philharmonic Society Gewandhaus.

 

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