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Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 6

Where: North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville

How much: $70 and $75

Contact: 630-637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix

Updated: September 24, 2012 6:25AM



There’s just something exotic about a foreign orchestra. They carry a certain cachet — especially a Russian one.

But you don’t have to cash in your frequent flyer miles for a trip to Moscow, because the Russians are coming to you. The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, one of the world’s foremost interpreters of classic Russian composers, will perform Nov. 6 at North Central College.

The orchestra was founded in 1943 by Lev Steinberg. It is known as one of the greatest orchestras from a cultural tradition rich with extraordinary symphonic ensembles.

Since Pavel Kogan became music director and chief conductor in 1989, the orchestra has continually broadened its repertoire to include contemporary compositions from Russia and beyond.

Under Kogan’s direction, the orchestra has toured extensively, visiting more than 50 countries and performing in some of the most prestigious concert halls of Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic and the United States. This orchestra has been on tour since September and will continue to criss-cross the U.S., bringing its rich musical history and tradition to big cities and small towns across the country.

The group is a sanctioned group from Moscow, said fine arts director Brian Lynch.

“They are incredibly reputable. This is a bona fide group coming from Moscow.”

Kogan won first prize at the Sibelius Violin Competition at age 18, and his career as a violinist and a conductor is storied.

The evening’s performance includes Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 and the Mussorgsky/Ravel arrangement of “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

“They’ve got a longer history of classical music; it’s more in the culture. It’s stereotyping and I don’t want to do that, but there is a proud history of classic culture from Russia,” Lynch said. “They have a country with a history of Mozart. It’s that culture that they come from.”

People will like this performance “as much as because of how they’re going to sound in the Wentz as the fact that there is a Russian Symphony Orchestra coming to Naperville,” Lynch predicted.

American classical pianist Jeremy Denk joins the orchestra as soloist for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16.

A versatile and critically acclaimed musician, Denk recently released “Jeremy Denk Plays Ives.” A musical innovator, Charles Ives is perhaps best known as an American original, and one of the first American composers to gain international acclaim.

In 1998, Denk won both the Young Concert Artists International Auditions and received a prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. Over the past decade, the pianist’s career has flourished. He has appeared as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the St. Louis Symphony, the Houston Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony, the Atlanta Symphony, the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and many others.

His repertoire ranges from the standard works of the 18th and 19th centuries to 20th century masters such as Ives, Ligeti, Lutoslawski and Messiaen, and further to new works by leading composers of today. An avid chamber musician, Denk has collaborated with the Borromeo, Brentano, Mirò, St. Lawrence, Shanghai and Vermeer string quartets.

He is a faculty member of the Bard College Conservatory of Music. He received a double degree in chemistry and piano performance from the Oberlin College and Conservatory, earned a master’s degree in music from Indiana University, and a doctorate in piano performance from the Juilliard School. He lives in New York City.

Moscow State Symphony Orchestra

When: 8 p.m. Nov. 6

Where: North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville

How much: $70 and $75

Contact: 630-637-7469 or visit www.northcentralcollege.edu/showtix



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