A new, brilliant composition by Eskender Bekmambetov, "For Misha's Gang - Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles" was premiered at the opening concert of the "Revolutionaries: The late works of Beethoven & Ginastera" festival at Trinity Wall Street in New York on March 3, 2016. Each member of our 14-piece orchestra is featured as a soloist in this work. Tragic and humorous, lyrical and virtuosic, introverted and wildly extroverted -- the wide emotional spectrum is generously represented, while even the most unusual beginning of the Suite can't prepare the listener for the way the composition ends -- it has to be heard and watched:

Other works on this program were by Corigliano and Ginastera, and the encore was a Russian folk song. All here: Video gallery

The first week of February we spent on a short tour of South Korea, ending with two concerts at Seoul's Sejong Center on February 7, Lunar New Year Eve. Appropriately, the last number of the program wasn't too profound... This was a specially arranged medley -- two traditional Korean songs, one Russian pop tune, which became famous in Asia in the 80s and by now is considered by many to be a Korean folk song and, finally, a spoof of a mega-hit "Gangnam style" by a Korean rapper Psy, which in 2012 broke YouTube's view counter, not programmed to reach a billion views (by now, 2.5 billion and counting!).

Much is being said about engaging concert audiences, and indeed, when done well, it is a win-win proposition. For years we've been offering "The Audience Vote!" concept, in which concertgoers have direct input into selecting the composition they will hear. Now we are taking it one step further, and it involves soloists being selected by the audience! The "test-drive", which took place during the sping 2015 USA tour, proved the concept's validity, and it is now being offered at upcoming concerts. Here is how it goes (5-minute video):

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February 2, Coconut Creek, FL, Wynmoor Theatre
February 3, Madison, FL, North Florida Community College
February 4, Utica, NY, Mohawk Valley Community College
February 5, Valhalla, NY, SUNY/ Westchester Community College
February 7, Annapolis, MD, World Artists Experiences
February 8, St. Bonaventure, NY, Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
February 9, Williamsport, PA, Williamsport Community Concert Association
February 11, Jonesboro, AR, Arkansas State University
February 12, Lexington, KY, Chamber Music Society of Central Kentucky
February 13, Wilmore, KY, Asbury College Artist Series
February 16, Crossville, TN, Cumberland County Playhouse
February 18, Columbia, MO, University of Missouri at Columbia
February 20-21, Gulf Shores, AL, City of Gulf Shores
February 24, Algona, IA
February 25, Yankton, SD
February 26, Pierre, SD
February 27, Scottsbluff, NE, Midwest Theatre
February 28, Loveland, CO
March 2, Kearney, NE
March 4, Norfolk, NE
March 5, Albert Lea, MN
March 6, Sheboygan, WI

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Take a look at a little video from the afterconcert party - the Kremlin gals do know how to party!!!