Russian orchestra will open concert series

September 24, 1998|By Phil Greenfield | Phil Greenfield,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Vice Admiral Elliot Bryant and Miriam Bryant Distinguished Artist Series has brought performers of international stature to the Naval Academy in Annapolis for seven years, and this year's series is no exception.

Russia's St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra, which has attracted high-quality talent since its inception, opens the series Nov. 12 on the Alumni Hall stage.

hTC Conductors such as Leonard Bernstein, Kiril Kondrashin, Gennady Rozhdestvensky and Simon Rattle have taken the podium with the orchestra since its founding in 1967, and soloists of the magnitude of pianist Murray Perahia and cellist Mstislav Rostropovich have dotted the ranks of its collaborating artists.

Appearing with the orchestra in Annapolis will be Igor Oistrakh, one of Russia's most illustrious violinists, performing Beethoven's Violin Concerto.

Son of violinist David Oistrakh, one of the giants of 20th-century music, Igor Oistrakh has upheld the family name in the world's most prestigious concert halls for the past four decades. Also active as a violist and conductor, he has recorded for such labels as EMI, Deutsche Grammophon and London.

The supremely colorful "Scheherazade" of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov rounds out the program under the baton of Ravel Martynov, the orchestra's principal conductor.

The London City Opera, Britain's most prestigious touring opera company, will present Johann Strauss' delightful operetta "Die Fledermaus" on Jan. 26.

The Russian National Ballet will perform Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" March 18.

Pub Date: 9/24/98

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