Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Performing Feb. 28 at River Campus

by News Bureau on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Feb. 14, 2012 – The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Donald C. Bedell Performance Hall at Southeast Missouri State University’s River Campus.

The Orchestra, with Roman Leontiev, conductor, is from St. Petersburg, Russia. Their Cape Girardeau performance will feature Richard Wagner’s “Prelude and Liebestod” from the opera “Tristan und Isolde,” Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 19” with pianist Alexander Pirozhenko, and Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony No. 5 in C-sharp minor.” Pirozhenko is an internationally renowned pianist who has appeared on stages in Russia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Austria, France, the United Kingdom, the United States and many others.

The Orchestra recently performed last month in Daytona Beach, Fla. Dr. Rose Grace, Daytona Beach Symphony Society Artistic Advisory Board member, wrote of Pirozhenko’s solo, “His impeccable pianistic control and beautiful, delicate tone quality delighted the audience. The performance displayed both pianistic virtuosity and stylistic elegance of the composition.”

The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra was founded in the years following World War II. During this time, the Orchestra successfully worked in different musical genres and received broad acknowledgement and popularity throughout Russia. In the course of the Orchestra’s history, it has worked with many of the outstanding conductors from the St. Petersburg Conducting School. The Orchestra has undergone much change since its inception, including a change of name and leadership, but through all this time it has been developing its repertoire strengths and building a devoted audience.

The Orchestra’s repertoire is extremely diverse, ranging from Baroque music to music of the 20th Century. Their repertoire ranges from baroque compositions by Vivaldi, Bach, Handel to contemporary compositions by Schnitke, Banshikov, Desyatnikov and Kancheli. The Orchestra is at home playing the works of famous Russian Romantic composers (Tschaikowski, Rachmaninoff) to the classical composers of the 20th Century (Honegger, Poulenc, Hindemith, Stravinsky).

For the past 10 years, the Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra has become an ensemble with unlimited musical possibilities, including the regular commissioning and performances of new compositions, a testament to the high standard of the Orchestra, which commissions many new works written especially for the Orchestra each season.

Tickets are on Sale Now.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting the River Campus Box Office, located in the Cultural Arts Center, 518 S. Fountain St., weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., by calling (573) 651-2265, or online at RiverCampusEvents.com.