2019 US Tour

Performances

February 2019

On Tour

10 Sun

Kravis Center

West Palm Beach

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

12 Tue

Barbara B. Mann Hall

Fort Myers

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

14 Thu

Indian River Symphonic Association

Vero Beach

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

15 Fri

University of Florida

Gainesville

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

16 Sat

Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College

St. Augustine

FL

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, TH 59
Glazunov
Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major, Op. 83
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Alexey Bruni, Violin

2019 US Tour

On Tour

18 Mon

Peace Center

Greenville

SC

Program

Glazunov
Chopiniana, Op. 46
Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Prokofiev
Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor, Op. 111
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

20 Wed

Lincoln Center - David Geffen Hall

New York

NY

Program

Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Kirill Karabits

Guest Artist:

Mikhail Pletnev

2019 US Tour

On Tour

22 Fri

Center for the Performing Arts

Carmel

IN

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

23 Sat

Hancher Auditorium

Iowa City

IA

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Prokofiev
Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor, Op. 111
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

26 Tue

McCallum Theatre

Palm Desert

CA

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

27 Wed

Granada Theatre

Santa Barbara

CA

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

28 Thu

Segerstrom Concert Hall

Costa Mesa

CA

Program

Glazunov
Chopiniana, Op. 46
Chopin
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor, Op. 11
Prokofiev
Symphony No. 6 in E-flat minor, Op. 111
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

March 2019

On Tour

02 Sat

Mondavi Center for the Arts

Davis

CA

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

03 Sun

Davies Symphony Hall

San Francisco

CA

Program

Rachmaninoff
Vocalise
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Symphonic Dances, Op. 45
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

George Li, Piano

2019 US Tour

On Tour

08 Fri

Mizner Park Amphitheater

Boca Raton

FL

Program

An Evening of Russian Music and Ballet

Featuring stars from the Russian National Orchestra and the Bolshoi Ballet. Expect an exhilarating evening of Russian ballet, including music from Swan Lake and other favorites.

2019 US Tour


Reviews

South Florida Classical Review

On Sunday an all-Rachmaninoff program was presented at the Kravis Center by one of Russia's greatest orchestras... The performance [of Vocalise] was grave and restrained... Karabits drew subtle changes of tempo from the orchestra and led it through swelling crescendos, but let the melody and the eloquence of the composer's own orchestration largely speak for themselves... The American pianist George Li took the stage for Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2. Li is a first-class virtuoso, with an exciting, edgy style that makes the most of Rachmaninoff's bravura flourishes.... The concert ended with Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances. The performance was full of driving energy, although Karabits allowed the musicians the room to relax into the melodies... all of the orchestra's virtues came into play. The strings, which had a leaner sound than in most large orchestras, played with outstanding precision and unity. Winds brought a warmth of tone and phrasing to their music, with effortless virtuosity in the wild riffs that flew around the string melodies. Brass played with rounded, gleaming tones, blending into the ensemble to an unusual degree... As an encore, the orchestra played the "Russian Sailors' Dance" from Reinhold Glière's ballet The Red Poppy, performing this orchestral showpiece with verve, whipcrack precision and relentless drive.

Bachtrack

Mikhail Pletnev, a fabulous musician who has always professed an affinity for Rachmaninov, offered the public the chance to understand what he believes this music is all about. From the slow, probing chords, at the very beginning, to the final, cascading ones, he seemed to transfigure the music beyond an easy recognition. As impassive as always, not making the slightest attempt to show off his technical abilities, Pletnev somehow altered dynamics and rhythms, added question marks to affirmative statements, conveying a fresh perspective on the inner workings of the score. His ability to shed light on the shifting harmonies that lie at the basis of all Rachmaninov's heart-wrenching melodies was outstanding.... Karabits, making his New York debut, steered an impressive performance of the Symphonic Dances, proving that the strong reviews received as chief conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra for the last decade are well deserved... The RNO sounded a well-oiled machine, with a perfect balance between strings and winds, responding eagerly and accurately to Karabits' changes of direction... After public clamoring, the orchestra played three encores.

Noozhawk

The evening opened with the orchestra performing the melodic Vocalise... It was a warm introduction to the depth of sound the RNO offers and to the popular tunes Rachmaninoff penned in his career. The athletic 2015 Tchaikovsky competition silver medalist Li joined the orchestra for the Piano Concerto No. 2... [The performance] left the soloist visibly sweating and the audience on its feet cheering. [The orchestra] pulled out all the stops for the Symphonic Dances... From an almost secretive quiet, the piece burst into a final crescendo that propelled the audience to its feet again... Pletnev conducts with understated style that allows the almost 100 musicians the attention they richly deserve.

The New Criterion

The audience was on its feet after the Rachmaninoff concerto... there was Pletnevian power in it (and Rachmaninoff's, too). Moreover, we were applauding a man who represents a great tradition, the tradition of Russian piano playing... [The encore] was a Scarlatti sonata... It was classic Pletnev: wizardly, beguiling, bewitching. He stretched the rhythms to the limits, but not beyond. He was imaginative but respectful. He employed a number of colors. There was a whole musical world within this little piece. Pletnev makes you realize what a piano can do, in the right hands. No one else can play Scarlatti like this -- equally well, maybe, but not in the same fashion. Horowitz, Haskil, and the rest of the great Scarlatti players would have rubbed their eyes... It was scarcely believable.

After intermission, the RNO played Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances... The orchestra was smooth, adhering to the musical line. The unison playing in the strings was exemplary, with those strings singing as one. Plus, the RNO has some great principals, in the woodwind section, not least. The second dance, the waltz, had its desired spookiness. In all three, Kirill Karabits showed himself a fine leader.

The audience... still wanted more. They clapped and clapped. A New York audience, on a weeknight especially? Usually, they are racing to the exits. A performer can barely make it off the stage after the first curtain call... Finally, in response to popular demand, the orchestra played a third encore...

What They’re Saying

"Classical music [has the] singular power to transform, unite and liberate. There is perhaps no orchestra in the world that personifies those ideals like the RNO."

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