20th Anniversary US Tour

Performances

February 2010

On Tour

17 Wed

Benaroya Hall

Seattle

WA

Program

Tchaikovsky
Elegy for String Orchestra, in G major
Dvorak
Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Sergey Antonov, Cello

20th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

18 Thu

Mondavi Center for the Arts

Davis

CA

Program

Tchaikovsky
Elegy for String Orchestra in G Major
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

20th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

19 Fri

Zellerbach Auditorium

Berkeley

CA

Program

Pletnev
Yeats Song Cycle, based on three poems by William Butler Yeats
Tchaikovsky
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat major, Op. 70
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artists:

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

Lisa Delan, Soprano

Volti, Chorus

20th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

20 Sat

Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts

Cerritos

CA

Program

Tchaikovsky
Elegy for String Orchestra in G Major
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 9 in E-flat Major, Op. 70
Conductor:

Mikhail Pletnev

Guest Artist:

Stefan Jackiw, Violin

20th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

23 Tue

Vilar Center for the Arts

Beaver Creek

CO

Program

Beethoven
Coriolan Overture, P. 62
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Conductor:

Patrick Summers

Guest Artist:

Yuja Wang, Piano

20th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

24 Wed

Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Denver

CO

Program

Beethoven
Coriolan Overture, P. 62
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Conductor:

Patrick Summers

Guest Artist:

Yuja Wang, Piano

20th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

26 Fri

Folly Theater

Kansas City

MO

Program

Glinka
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Dvorak
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Conductor:

Patrick Summers

20th Anniversary US Tour

March 2010

On Tour

03 Wed

Kravis Center, Dreyfoos Hall

West Palm Beach

FL

Program

Beethoven
Coriolan Overture, P. 62
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
Dvorak
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Conductor:

Patrick Summers

Guest Artist:

Yuja Wang, Piano

20th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

05 Fri

Van Wezel Hall

Sarasota

FL

Program

Beethoven
Coriolan Overture, P. 62
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
Dvorak
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Conductor:

Patrick Summers

Guest Artist:

Yuja Wang, Piano

20th Anniversary US Tour

On Tour

07 Sun

Bob Carr Performing Arts Center

Orlando

FL

Program

Beethoven
Coriolan Overture, P. 62
Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
Dvorak
Symphony No. 8 in G major, Op. 88
Conductor:

Patrick Summers

Guest Artist:

Yuja Wang, Piano

20th Anniversary US Tour

February 2010

On Tour

28 Sun

Denison University, Swasey Chapel

Granville

OH

Program

Glinka
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Conductor:

Patrick Summers

Guest Artist:

Yuja Wang, Piano

20th Anniversary US Tour

March 2010

On Tour

04 Thu

Kravis Center, Dreyfoos Hall

West Palm Beach

FL

Program

Glinka
Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Rachmaninov
Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18
Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36
Conductor:

Patrick Summers

Guest Artist:

Yuja Wang, Piano

20th Anniversary US Tour

February 2010

On Tour

23 Tue

First Congregational Church

Berkeley

CA

Program

Gordon Getty
The White Election
Funded by the Koret Foundation, this performance is part of Cal Performances' 2009-10 Koret Recital Series. Lisa Delan teams up with Mikhail Pletnev for this performance of Getty's song cycle based on 32 poems by Emily Dickinson. Meant to tell her remarkable story in her own words, The White Election traces the arc of Dickinson's life in mid-19th century America.
Guest Artists:

Lisa Delan, Soprano

Mikhail Pletnev

20th Anniversary US Tour


Reviews

Sarasota Herald-Tribune

The Russian National Orchestra... brought enormous skill and excitement to the Van Wezel [Sarasota, FL] on Friday evening, demonstrating again the power of musical energy in the hands of highly motivated musicians. Under the athletic leadership of their American guest conductor, Patrick Summers, [the] orchestra produced sound of impressive power and solidity, transparent and beautifully balanced from top to bottom... the audience was bathed in a rich European sound, consistent across all the voices of the orchestra... An austere and lovely experience was the result.

Denver Post

The Russian National Orchestra's appearance two years ago in the Newman Center Presents series ranks among Denver's classical highlights of that season and, indeed, the entire decade... [This year] American guest conductor Patrick Summers... delivered a high-caliber performance of his own. Summers conveyed the overall power and sweep of the evening's culminating work, Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4... An added attraction was Denver's first opportunity to hear Yuja Wang. The 23-year-old soloist's distinctive interpretation of Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 … made it clear why she has caused such a stir in classical circles.

Kansas City Star

The Russian National Orchestra... [played] a program of 19th century Slavic music with chamber-like precision... Unison playing was really remarkable, especially by the strings, and [conductor Patrick] Summers' precise wind and brass voice leading helped clarify the sound even more... its playing was beautifully precise. It made the music's scoring and architecture easy to enjoy.

South Florida Classical Review

The world-class Russian National Orchestra was the marquee attraction of the Regional Arts Series' Wednesday matinee at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach... Summers drew exciting playing from the orchestra, the intonation and perfect execution of the exposed horn parts a standout... The Russian orchestra's strings have the deep sonority and heft of a great pipe organ while the winds are solid and distinctive, unmarred by the heavy vibrato that plagued Russian orchestras in the past. With brass that can be alternately brilliant or mellow, this is an orchestra that can turn on a dime. The ensemble shone resplendently in Dvorak's Symphony No. 8 in G Major, exhibiting strength in every section from the first chairs to the last stands... Concertmaster Alexei Bruni's solo in the second movement, marked by generous rubato and extra tonal sweetness, recalled a past generation of Russian violinists.

Orange County Register

On Saturday, the world's youngest major orchestra played in Cerritos at the Center for the Performing Arts [and] gave a terrific performance… [Pletnev's] conducting is orderly and his beat is serene, and so is the music resulting from it. Without a heavy beat, the music moves forward easily and gracefully, without resistance in slow or fast tempos, as if it were on ice skates. His Russian National Orchestra mirrored Pletnev's approach Saturday. Its tone is warm, but it waits and waits, stating the musical facts in an easy manner, no muss, no fuss. But it's not a lack of commitment. It's an attitude that strong music, clearly and cleanly dispatched, will do its thing if you let it, and it did… I can't remember hearing a better performance of [Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto] live. Jackiw would appear to have it all – a commanding technique, taste, intelligence and, best of all, real feeling.…Pletnev supported him quietly and calmly, his baton sometimes barely stirring the air, but it worked. He opened the concert with a similarly understated account of the Elegy from Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3, beautifully played…

The Sun Break (Seattle)

I don't think [Shostakovich's] Ninth can yet... transcend its context, the place of its birth. It's not a work you think of as strictly musical, freighted with meaning and argument as it is. But nothing brings all that home, I discovered, quite like hearing the Russian National Orchestra perform it.

Los Angeles Times

The Russian National Orchestra, a miracle of perestroika, was founded by Mikhail Pletnev 20 years ago. The first orchestra in Russia with no state support, it broke all the rules. It was an orchestra with no tradition, led by a pianist with little conducting or ensemble building experience. Yet from the start, the orchestra proved one of the world's great ensembles... The concert in Cerritos, conducted by Pletnev, was glorious… Pletnev is not a demonstrative conductor. At the podium he looks like a plutocrat who can make things happen by snapping his fingers. With the flick of a wrist he exquisitely shaped each phrase and controlled extraordinarily delicate dynamics… the string tone was as rich and pleasing a blend as can be found this side of Vienna... Pletnev was a marvelous accompanist [to Stefan Jackiw in Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto]. He did not inhibit Jackiw, letting a young virtuoso go where he would while saving him from recklessness… Pletnev's performance was very subtle, operating on the level of profound understatement.

The Sun Break (Seattle)

You could be forgiven for thinking the RNO exists mainly to give classical music critics the chance to outdo each other with superlatives.

Seattle Times

The Russian National Orchestra…tour began in Seattle on Wednesday night, and the event drew a packed house of very pleased people. Conductor Mikhail Pletnev led the orchestra in an all-Slavic program.… The full orchestra sounded like it had spent a lifetime with our acoustics. From the witty skipping feel of the first movement [of Shostakovich Symphony No. 9] to the meandering puzzle of the fifth, the orchestra showed discipline and verve throughout this fascinating, twisting piece. The calls for an encore were quite deserved.

What They’re Saying

"In a modern classical world, rife with reports of under-funded and dying ensembles, curtailed schedules and shrinking audiences, the foundation and continued growth of [the Russian National Orchestra] seems not only miraculous; it just may be the most important cultural story of our time."

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