2013 US Tour

Performances

February 2013

On Tour

12 Tue

Davies Symphony Hall

San Francisco

CA

Program

Smetana
Overture from The Bartered Bride
Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op.23
Dvorak
Symphony No.6 in D major, Op.60 , B.112
Conductor:

Giancarlo Guerrero

Guest Artist:

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

13 Wed

Davies Symphony Hall

San Francisco

CA

Program

Verdi
Overture to I vespri siciliani
Prokofiev
Piano Concerto, No.3 in C major, Op.26
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36
Conductor:

Giancarlo Guerrero

Guest Artist:

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

14 Thu

Laxson Auditorium

Chico

CA

Program

Smetana
Overture from The Bartered Bride
Prokofiev
Piano Concerto, No.3 in C major, Op.26
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36
Conductor:

Andrey Rubtsov

Guest Artist:

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

16 Sat

Christopher Cohan Center

San Luis Obispo

CA

Program

Smetana
Overture from The Bartered Bride
Prokofiev
Piano Concerto, No.3 in C major, Op.26
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36
Conductor:

Andrey Rubtsov

Guest Artist:

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

17 Sun

Mondavi Center for the Arts

Davis

CA

Program

Smetana
Overture from The Bartered Bride
Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op.23
Dvorak
Symphony No.6 in D major, Op.60 , B.112
Conductor:

Giancarlo Guerrero

Guest Artist:

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

19 Tue

McCallum Theater

Palm Desert

CA

Program

Smetana
Overture from The Bartered Bride
Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op.23
Dvorak
Symphony No.6 in D major, Op.60 , B.112
Conductor:

Giancarlo Guerrero

Guest Artist:

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

21 Thu

Lied Center of Kansas

Lawrence

KS

Program

CONCERT CANCELLED DUE TO BLIZZARD

Smetana
Overture from The Bartered Bride
Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op.23
Dvorak
Symphony No.6 in D major, Op.60 , B.112
Conductor:

Giancarlo Guerrero

Guest Artist:

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

23 Sat

Kentucky Center for the Arts

Louisville

KY

Program

Smetana
Overture from The Bartered Bride
Prokofiev
Piano Concerto, No.3 in C major, Op.26
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36
Conductor:

Giancarlo Guerrero

Guest Artist:

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

24 Sun

Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center

Naperville

IL

Program

Smetana
Overture from The Bartered Bride
Prokofiev
Piano Concerto, No.3 in C major, Op.26
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No.4 in F minor, Op.36
Conductor:

Giancarlo Guerrero

Guest Artist:

Daniil Trifonov, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

26 Tue

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

Ft. Lauderdale

FL

Program

Rimsky-Korsakov
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34
Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op.23
Rachmaninoff
Symphonic Dances, Op.45
Conductor:

Vasily Petrenko

Guest Artist:

Barry Douglas, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

27 Wed

Kravis Center, Dreyfoos Hall

West Palm Beach

FL

Program

Rimsky-Korsakov
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34
Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op.23
Rachmaninoff
Symphonic Dances, Op.45
Conductor:

Vasily Petrenko

Guest Artist:

Barry Douglas, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

28 Thu

Kravis Center, Dreyfoos Hall

West Palm Beach

FL

Program

Tchaikovsky
Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op.43
Prokofiev
Symphony No. 5, Op.100
Conductor:

Vasily Petrenko

Guest Artist:

Barry Douglas, Piano

2013 US Tour

March 2013

On Tour

01 Fri

Community Church

Vero Beach

FL

Program

Rimsky-Korsakov
Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34
Tchaikovsky
Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-flat minor, Op.23
Rachmaninoff
Symphonic Dances, Op.45
Conductor:

Vasily Petrenko

Guest Artist:

Barry Douglas, Piano

2013 US Tour

On Tour

03 Sun

Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Center

Fort Myers

FL

Program

Tchaikovsky
Capriccio Italien, Op. 45
Rachmaninoff
Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini, Op.43
Prokofiev
Symphony No. 5, Op.100
Conductor:

Vasily Petrenko

Guest Artist:

Barry Douglas, Piano

2013 US Tour


Reviews

Palm Beach Daily News

The house was packed and enthusiastic... Sounds, particularly from the wind soloists and the concertmaster, were wildly intense and penetrating. The timpanist seemed to be channeling Thor, the Norse god of thunder. Yet Petrenko kept things in balance, even through one of the fastest finales this reviewer has ever experienced. It was thrilling.... Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances... was a real tour-de-force, a vehicle for a virtuoso orchestra and a conductor who knows how to bring out the best from his players.

Palm Beach Daily News

The concert opened with Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio italien. From the opening bugle call to the rousing finish, this piece was outstanding in every respect. The orchestra has a wide dynamic range — the pianissimo passages are barely audible and contrast dramatically with the full-throated fortes... The rhythms of this work are so infectious that, at one point, the conductor actually appeared to be dancing.... [Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5] was a thrilling and moving performance, and it was greeted by cheers and a standing ovation. The Russian National Orchestra is an orchestra of virtuosos. It is always welcome at the Kravis Center.

San Francisco Examiner

Under Guerrero’s direction the RNO allowed the music to speak its piece with expressive qualities that neither overplayed nor underplayed the content... The responsiveness of the RNO musicians made it clear that Guerrero was in control, allowing the dramatism of [Tchaikovsky's Fourth] symphony to be appreciated for its multidimensional qualities, rather than its bombast. This symphony concluded the program with the most positive energy imaginable.

San Jose Mercury News

Guerrero drew a big vital sound from the orchestra, with deep rosy hues from the strings: the sounds of good health... Dvorak's Symphony No. 6... pulsed with color and more of that healthy outdoorsy-ness through its opening Allegro. The Adagio captured the solace of Beethoven, Dvorak's inspiration here, as Guerrero painted with horns and cellos, violas and flutes. It was lush and lovely... The encore, Glinka's "Ruslan and Ludmila" Overture... was a bundle of energy, transmitted with precision and with lavish melody.

South Florida Classical Review

This ensemble is not only one of Russia’s best but holds its own with top-tier European and American orchestras... The lustrous, dark-hued playing of the Moscow-based orchestra conveys a unique sonority. Bereft of the reedy wind sound and coarse brass of Soviet era orchestras, this ensemble does not have a weak link. Superb first-chair players took the spotlight in the opening Capriccio Espagnol by Rimsky-Korsakov. Concertmaster Alexey Bruni excelled in his featured solo role, exhibiting the kind of sweet, thick vibrato characteristic of past generations of Russian violinists. The beautiful, warm tone of the English horn solos and liquid sonority of the strings were particular delights... In Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Petrenko [propelled] the performance with power and inexorable drive. Instrumental textures were finely shaded, highlighting a panorama of musical detail often obscured in more generalized readings. There was real Russian soul in the haunting saxophone solo and the entire opening movement was shaped organically.

What They’re Saying

"To present American and Russian musicians performing and teaching together at Festival Napa Valley...is precisely the kind of effort that sustains vital cultural links...at a critical time for both societies. [This] resonates with the public [and] is meaningful for the musician participants...Cultural diplomacy and music offer alternatives to contention and sustain important linkages between our societies for the long run...Now more than ever we need viable citizen-to-citizen points of contact and dialogue."

James F. Collins (Ambassador Ret.)

Senior Fellow, Russia and Eurasia Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace