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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USA TOURS -- '16-'17 SEASON

2016:
October 9, Flagstaff, AZ, Northern Arizona University October 9, Flagstaff, AZ, Northern Arizona University
Rossini - Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C major
Bekmambetov - "For Misha's Gang" - Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles"
Schnauber - "In Memory of Henry Temianka"
Audience is to vote for one of these three compositions:
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 48
Dvorak - Serenade Strings, Op. 22
Schoenberg - Verklaerte Nacht (Transfigured night)
October 10, Odessa, TX, Odessa College October 10, Odessa, TX, Odessa College
The Fountain of Youth:
Mozart - Divertimento in D, K. 136
Rossini - Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C major
Britten - Simple Symphony
Mendelssohn - Octet for strings (in orchestral version),
October 12, Lafayette, LA, University of Louisiana at Lafayette October 12, Lafayette, LA, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Rossini - Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C major
Bekmambetov - "For Misha's Gang - Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles"
Schnauber - In Memory of Henry Tamianka
Mendelssohn - Octet for strings (in orchestral version)
October 15, Great Barrington, MA, Close Encounters With Music October 15, Great Barrington, MA, Close Encounters With Music
Haydn - Cello Concerto in C Major
  Soloist: Yehuda Hanani
Shostakovich - Chamber Symphony Op. 110
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings, Op. 48
October 16, Danbury, CT, Danbury Concert Association October 16, Danbury, CT, Danbury Concert Association
Strauss - Serenade, Op. 7 (arranged for string orchestra)
R. Danielpour - Symphony for Strings "...For Love is Strong as Death..." American premiere performance.
R. Danielpour - Kaddish for violin and strings
  Soloist: Evgeny Pravilov
Dvorak - Serenade for strings, Op. 22
October 17, Bridgewater, VA, Bridgewater College October 17, Bridgewater, VA, Bridgewater College
Rossini - Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C major
Bekmambetov - "For Misha's Gang - Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles"
Schnauber - In Memory of Henry Tamianka
Mendelssohn - Octet for strings (in orchestral version)
October 19, Pinedale, WY, Pinedale Fine Arts Council October 19, Pinedale, WY, Pinedale Fine Arts Council
Rossini - Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C major
Bekmambetov - "For Misha's Gang - Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles"
Schnauber - In Memory of Henry Tamianka
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for string orchestra, Op. 48
October 20, Rexburg, ID, Brigham Young University October 20, Rexburg, ID, Brigham Young University
Rossini - Sonata for Strings No. 3 in C major
Bekmambetov - "For Misha's Gang - Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles"
Schnauber - "In Memory of Henry Temianka"
Audience is to vote for one of these three compositions:
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for string orchestra
Dvorak - Serenade Strings, Op. 22
Schoenberg - Verklaerte Nacht (Transfigured night), Op. 4
October 23, Eugene, OR, University of Oregon School of Music October 23, Eugene, OR, University of Oregon School of Music
Mozart - Divertimento in D, K. 136
Schoenberg - Verklaerte Nacht (Transfigured night), Op. 4
Schubert - Death and the Maiden
October 27, Klamath Falls, OR, Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center October 27, Klamath Falls, OR, Ross Ragland Theater & Cultural Center
Mozart - Divertimento in D, K. 136
Schoenberg - Verklaerte Nacht (Transfigured night), Op. 4
Schubert - Death and the Maiden
October 29, Carmel, IN, The Performing Arts Center of Carmel October 29, Carmel, IN, The Performing Arts Center of Carmel
Rossini - Sonata # 3 for strings
Prokofiev - Visions Fugitives, Op. 22
Tchaikovsky - Serenade Melancolique, Op. 26
  Soloist: Evgeny Pravilov, violin
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for strings, Op. 48
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2017:
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 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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