Russian group to perform at academy Chamber orchestra comprises virtuosos

February 23, 1996|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When you think chamber orchestras, you think Italy, England and America, what with the popularity of I Musici, the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Russian orchestras must be huge affairs, no? After all, they have to play the monumental works of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff all the time.

Not exactly.

In fact, the 25-member Moscow Virtuosi, formed in 1979 by internationally renowned violinist Vladimir Spivakov, has become one of the world's finest chamber ensembles.

Each member of the orchestra, which will appear Thursday evening at Alumni Hall as part of the Naval Academy's Distinguished Artists Series, is a virtuoso hand-picked by Mr. Spivakov from the ranks of Russia's finest orchestras.

The program, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will open with Mozart's sublime D major Violin Concerto, K. 211. Mr. Spivakov will be soloist. Other works on the program are Richard Strauss' Sextet for Strings, Tchaikovsky's "Children's Album" and the perky, ebullient Symphony No. 24 of Mozart.

The Virtuosi is in the midst of a U.S. concert tour that will take them to many of our most prestigious concert halls. They will have played in New York's Avery Fisher Hall the day before appearing in Annapolis.

Tickets range from $15 to $23. Call 268-6060 for reservations or purchase tickets at the Naval Academy ticket office at Ricketts Hall.

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