Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series

Performances

July 2005

On Tour

28 Thu

Luther Burbank Center

Santa Rosa

CA

Program

The Enchanted Kingdom
World premiere performance of a new Magic of Music concert based on Russian fairy tales, set to the inspiring music of Tchaikovsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, Stravinsky, Prokofiev, and other master composers. Narrated by John Salley.
Conductor:

Carlo Ponti

Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series

On Tour

30 Sat

Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery

Healdsburg

CA

Program

Imagine Gala
Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade
More information about this special Imagine event.
Conductor:

Carlo Ponti

Guest Artist:

Tatiana Porshneva, Violin

Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series

August 2005

On Tour

05 Fri

Greenwich

CT

Location

  • Time: 12 AM

Program

RNO Wind Quintet
Liadov
Eight Russian Folk Songs
Bizet
Carmen Suite
Andrey Rubtsov
Three Moods

Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series

On Tour

07 Sun

Barre Opera House

Barre

VT

Program

RNO Wind Quintet
Liadov
Eight Russian Folk Songs
Bizet
Carmen Suite
Ibert
Trois pièces brèves
Andrey Rubtsov
Three Moods
Beintus
Wolf Tracks, narrated by Vermont Governor Jim Douglas

This is a special 20th Anniversary Gala Concert for Project Harmony, and will include a Silent Auction and opening performance by members of the Spaulding High School Chorus, led by Music Director Arthur Zorn.

Press release

Ticket order form

Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series

July 2005

On Tour

29 Fri

Villa Montalvo

Saratoga

CA

Program

Liadov
Three Fairy Tales:
Baba Yaga
The Enchanted Lake
Kikimora
Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet Overture - Fantasy (1880 version)
Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade
Conductor:

Carlo Ponti

Guest Artists:

Svetlana Paramonova, Harp

Tatiana Porshneva, Violin

Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series

On Tour

31 Sun

Lincoln Theater

Yountville

CA

Location

Program

Liadov
Three Fairy Tales:
Baba Yaga
The Enchanted Lake
Kikimora
Tchaikovsky
Romeo and Juliet Overture - Fantasy (1880 version)
Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade
Conductor:

Carlo Ponti

Guest Artists:

Svetlana Paramonova, Harp

Tatiana Porshneva, Violin

Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series

August 2005

On Tour

01 Mon

Newport Beach

CA

Location

  • Time: 12 AM

Program

RNO Wind Quintet
Concert hosted by New Life Funding


Strauss, Joh. Jr.
Die Fledermaus, Overture
Bizet
Carmen Suite
Rimsky-Korsakov
Flight of the Bumblebee
D'Rivera
Wapango

Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series

On Tour

02 Tue

Grant Howald Park

Newport Beach

CA

Location

Program

RNO Wind Quintet
City of Newport Beach Concerts in the Park Series
Strauss, Johann Jr.
Die Fledermaus, Overture
Liadov
Eight Russian Folk Songs
Prokofiev
Peter and the Wolf, with narration by Sergei Markov
Bizet
Carmen Suite

Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series

On Tour

03 Wed

San Marino

CA

Location

  • Time: 7 PM

Program

A special concert benefitting Urban Compass Youth Mentoring Programs and the Russian Arts Foundation.

Strauss, Joh. Jr.
Die Fledermaus, Overture
Pizzicato-Polka
Tritsch-Tratsch Polka
Liadov
Eight Russian Folk Songs
Rimsky-Korsakov
Flight of the Bumblebee
D'Rivera
Wapango
Bizet
Carmen Suite
Guest Artist:

Cynthia Jansen, Mezzo-soprano

Summer 2005 RNO-Grove Street Winery Concert Series


Reviews

Napa Valley Register

Elegance, discipline and high-strung rhythmic passion were clearly evident with the return of the Russian National Orchestra to wine country Sunday afternoon. Looking sharp and sounding even better, the 80-member orchestra stopped off at Lincoln Theater in Yountville over the weekend to reacquaint listeners with the joys of so-called Russian "war horses" performed with polish and full-blooded vitality.

"...audience members could readily identify an unprecedented charge of adrenaline with which Ponti effortlessly imbued the music. This "Scheherazade" turned out to be a mercurial reading that exuded assurance and commitment... Convinced Ponti's rubato was second to none, this listener pricked up his ears at the ingenious attack on some of the sforzandi, found himself all smiles over yummy phrasing, stomping his foot at the sheer swagger of the marching phrases. The first bassoon was wonderfully sinuous, concertmaster Tatiana Porshneva's violin solos were virtuoso, the French horns (led by Alexei Serov) glorious, Svetlana Paramonova's harp glissandos downright angelic. The Russian National Orchestra's reading of this blend of compelling melodies and orchestration was one of the best...ever heard.

"Ponti managed to be narrative in his conception of [Tchaikovsky's "Romeo and Juliet"] with clear, well-defined orchestral textures... The maestro fired up the Russian orchestra to a fevered pitch of inspiration, summoning a luxurious sound and oodles of color that ranged from brass chorales as rousing as Judgment Day to imaginatively sprung wind solos... Clamoring for more, Sunday afternoon's audience was treated to four encores.

"While this is definitely a virtuous orchestra, there is nothing show-offish about its members or its classy, elegant, intelligent conductor. Ponti and the Russian National Orchestra in an all-Russian program -- one of the finest performances of the year, to be sure.

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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