Chamber Orchestra Kremlin



8 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2012
Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
Tickets: $35

Image: Chamber Orchestra KremlinOne of Russia's leading classical music ensembles, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, performs at 8 p.m., Saturday, February 18, 2012, at Fairfield University's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. The program includes Joseph Haydn's "Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major" (1761-65), featuring Maxim Kozlov on cello, Antonin Dvorak's "Serenade for Strings, Op. 22" (1875), and several pieces by Eskender Bekmambetov, including the national premiere of "Phantom City" (2006). Tickets are $35. At 10 a.m. on Saturday, February 18, 2012, cellist Maxim Kozlov will give a Master Class on the stage of the Quick Center. Admission is free.

Founded and led by Misha Rachlevsky, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has earned national and international recognition and is celebrating its 20th anniversary in the 2011-2012 season. Since its formation in late 1991 in Moscow, the orchestra has performed over 1,400 concerts, nearly 600 in Moscow, the rest on tours in 24 countries of Europe, North and South America, and the Far East. The orchestra has recorded over 30 CDs, receiving widespread international acclaim and awards such as the Diapason d'Or in France, Critics Choice in London's Gramophone and in the New York Times, Record of the Year in Hong Kong and others. Of about 900 compositions in the orchestra's repertoire over 20 were written especially for the orchestra by composers from Russia, Europe, and the United States. With an increasing demand for performances internationally, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin continues its busy schedule of concerts, festivals, recordings and touring. The orchestra is comprised of some of Russia's finest young string players, and this performance features former Principal Cellist Maxim Kozlov. Through its critically acclaimed recordings and live performances, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin is considered one of the premier music ensembles in classical music.

Image: Chamber Orchestra KremlinMusic Director Misha Rachlevsky's lifetime affinity for chamber music and chamber orchestra repertoire began at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. Born in Moscow, his violin studies began at the age of five and continued through the well-traveled path of the Russian school of string playing. After leaving the Soviet Union in 1973, he lived and worked in different countries on three continents, and in 1976 settled in the United States, becoming active in the field of chamber music. Mr. Rachlevsky founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (NACO) in 1984, and led it to international prominence, completing nine European tours in four years. In 1989, Rachlevsky accepted an offer from the city of Granada, Spain - a two-year project under which NACO became the resident orchestra of Granada while, concurrently, Rachlevsky founded and led Granada's own chamber orchestra.

In 1991, in the heady aftermath of Moscow's momentous events, Misha Rachlevsky found it impossible to resist an opportunity presented by Swiss company Claves, to record Russian works for this label. When Claves concurred with his suggestion to realize the project with Russian musicians, Rachlevsky called auditions, and Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was formed. The success of these recordings and the initial concerts and tours, led to turning this formation into a permanent, full time ensemble.

Image: Chamber Orchestra KremlinCellist Maxim Kozlov has had wide solo and orchestral experience, having performed as Principal Cellist in the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. He has toured the United States, playing over 300 concerts, and also performed in Canada, South America, and Europe, as well as South Korea and China. Since September 2005 he has served as the Principal Cellist in the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra.

Tickets are available through the Quick Center Box Office: (203) 254-4010, or toll-free 1-877-ARTS-396 (1-877-278-7396). Tickets can also be purchased online at http://www.fairfield.edu/quick.

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Fairfield University at 1073 North Benson Road in Fairfield, Connecticut. Entrance to the Quick Center is through the Barlow Road gate at 200 Barlow Road. Free, secure parking is available. Access for people with disabilities is available throughout the Quick Center for audience members and performers. Hearing amplification devices are available upon request at the Box Office. Fairfield University is located off exit 22 of Interstate-95. For further information and directions, call (203) 254-4010 or 1-877-278-7396, or visit http://www.fairfield.edu/quick.

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Media Contact: Mike Horyczun, (203) 254-4000 ext. 2647, mhoryczun@fairfield.edu

Posted on February 13, 2012

Vol. 44, No. 198