Program: Dvořák, Overture "Carnival"; Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35; and Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 in D minor, Op. 47 Founded in 1943 by Lev Steinberg, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra has established a reputation as one of the premier interpreters of the Russian classic composers. Under the subsequent leadership of Nikolai Anosov and Leo Ginzburg, the Moscow State Symphony Orchestra developed relationships with the most prominent Russian 20th century musicians and composers, including many premieres of Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Myaskovsky, and Gliere. Today, the MSSO is led by Pavel Kogan who assumed the positions of Music Director and Chief Conductor in 1989. Since then, the MSSO has steadily expanded its repertoire beyond the classics of Russian and Western symphonic literature to include contemporary compositions from both Russia and abroad. Electrifying performances, fearless interpretations and musical depth have established violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg as one of the leading violinists of our time. She is also currently the Music Director of the New Century Chamber Orchestra. Salerno-Sonnenberg's professional career began in 1981 when she won the Walter W. Naumburg International Violin Competition. In 1983 she was recognized with an Avery Fisher Career Grant, and in 1988 was Ovations Debut Recording Artist of the Year. In 1999, she was honored with the prestigious Avery Fisher Prize, awarded to instrumentalists who have demonstrated "outstanding achievement and excellence in music."
Sunday - November 16, 2014
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