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 -- '15-'16 SEASON

2016:
February, 20, Seguin, TX, Texas Lutheran University February, 20, Seguin, TX, Texas Lutheran University
AROUND THE WORLD IN 18 STOPS AND ONE INTERMISSION
Tchaikovsky -- Waltz from Serenade for Strings
Russian folk song "Luchinushka" (Torch-light)
Tchaikovsky -- Melody for violin and orchestra
Soloist: Oksana Koliasnikova, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov -- Flight of the Bumble Bee (arr. M. Rachlevsky)
Grieg - The last spring
Grieg - The wounded heart
Dvorak - Slavonic dance in e-minor, No. 2
Brahms - Hungarian dance No. 5
Sarasate – Navarra (arr. M. Rachlevsky)
Gershwin - Summertime
Joplin - Paragon Rag
Anderson - Jazz legato
Anderson - Jazz pizzicato
Anderson - Fiddle-Faddle
Chaplin/Bekmambetov - Chapliana
Gardel - Por una cabeza
Piazzolla - Melody in A minor
Piazzolla – Libertango (arr. E. Bekmambetov)
February, 23, Searcy, AR, Harding University February, 23, Searcy, AR, Harding University
Rossini - String Sonata No. 3
Bloch - Kol Nidrei for cello & orchestra
Soloist: Andrey Berezin, cello
Piazzolla - Four Tangos:
  Marron Y Azul (arr. F. Vetrov)
  Tango del Diablo (arr. F. Vetrov)
  Oblivion
  Four for Tango
R. Strauss - Serenade, Op. 7
Ginastera - Concerto for string orchestra, op. 33
February, 25, Tarpon Springs, FL, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center February, 25, Tarpon Springs, FL, Tarpon Springs Performing Arts Center
Rossini - String Sonata No. 3
Bloch - Kol Nidrei for cello & orchestra
Soloist: Eliza Khanafina, cello
Piazzolla - Four Tangos:
  Marron Y Azul (arr. F. Vetrov)
  Tango del Diablo (arr. F. Vetrov)
  Oblivion
  Four for Tango
R. Strauss - Serenade, Op. 7
Ginastera - Concerto for string orchestra, op. 33
February, 26, Winter Haven, FL, Polk Community College February, 26, Winter Haven, FL, Polk Community College
AROUND THE WORLD IN 18 STOPS AND ONE INTERMISSION"
Tchaikovsky -- Waltz from Serenade for Strings
Russian folk song "Luchinushka" (Torch-light)
Tchaikovsky -- Melody for violin and orchestra
Soloist: Oksana Koliasnikova, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov -- Flight of the Bumble Bee (arr. M. Rachlevsky)
Grieg - The last spring
Grieg - The wounded heart
Dvorak - Slavonic dance in e-minor, No. 2
Brahms - Hungarian dance No. 5
Sarasate – Navarra (arr. M. Rachlevsky)
Gershwin - Summertime
Joplin - Paragon Rag
Anderson - Jazz legato
Anderson - Jazz pizzicato
Anderson - Fiddle-Faddle
Chaplin/Bekmambetov - Chapliana
Gardel - Por una cabeza
Piazzolla - Melody in A minor
Piazzolla – Libertango (arr. E. Bekmambetov)
February, 27, Panama City, FL, Panama City Music Association February, 27, Panama City, FL, Panama City Music Association
AROUND THE WORLD IN 18 STOPS AND ONE INTERMISSION"
Tchaikovsky -- Waltz from Serenade for Strings
Russian folk song "Luchinushka" (Torch-light)
Tchaikovsky -- Melody for violin and orchestra
Soloist: Oksana Koliasnikova, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov -- Flight of the Bumble Bee (arr. M. Rachlevsky)
Grieg - The last spring
Grieg - The wounded heart
Dvorak - Slavonic dance in e-minor, No. 2
Brahms - Hungarian dance No. 5
Sarasate – Navarra (arr. M. Rachlevsky)
Gershwin - Summertime
Joplin - Paragon Rag
Anderson - Jazz legato
Anderson - Jazz pizzicato
Anderson - Fiddle-Faddle
Chaplin/Bekmambetov - Chapliana
Gardel - Por una cabeza
Piazzolla - Melody in A minor
Piazzolla – Libertango (arr. E. Bekmambetov)
February, 28, Jacksonville Beach, FL, Beaches Fine Arts Series February, 28, Jacksonville Beach, FL, Beaches Fine Arts Series
Kalinnikov -- Serenade
Tchaikovsky -- Two violin solos from ballet "Swan Lake"
Soloist: Evgeny Pravilov
Shostakovich -- Symphony for strings (string quartet No.10, op. 118, arranged by Misha Rachlevsky
Bekmambetov -- a la pointe
Tchaikovsky -- String quartet No. 2 (in version for string orchestra)
March 1, Salisbury, MD, Salisbury University March 1, Salisbury, MD, Salisbury University
Rossini - String Sonata No. 3
Bloch - Kol Nidrei for cello & orchestra
Soloist: Andrey Berezin, cello
Piazzolla - Four Tangos:
  Marron Y Azul (arr. F. Vetrov)
  Tango del Diablo (arr. F. Vetrov)
  Oblivion
  Four for Tango
R. Strauss - Serenade, Op. 7
Ginastera - Concerto for string orchestra, op. 33
March 2, Houghton, NY, Houghton College March 2, Houghton, NY, Houghton College
AROUND THE WORLD IN 18 STOPS AND ONE INTERMISSION"
Tchaikovsky -- Waltz from Serenade for Strings
Russian folk song "Luchinushka" (Torch-light)
Tchaikovsky -- Melody for violin and orchestra
Soloist: Oksana Koliasnikova, violin
Rimsky-Korsakov -- Flight of the Bumble Bee (arr. M. Rachlevsky)
Grieg - The last spring
Grieg - The wounded heart
Dvorak - Slavonic dance in e-minor, No. 2
Brahms - Hungarian dance No. 5
Sarasate – Navarra (arr. M. Rachlevsky)
Gershwin - Summertime
Joplin - Paragon Rag
Anderson - Jazz legato
Anderson - Jazz pizzicato
Anderson - Fiddle-Faddle
Chaplin/Bekmambetov - Chapliana
Gardel - Por una cabeza
Piazzolla - Melody in A minor
Piazzolla – Libertango (arr. E. Bekmambetov)
March 3, New-York, NY, Trinity Concerts (1.00 PM) March 3, New-York, NY, “Concerts at One”
John Corigliano - Voyage for string orchestra
Eskender Bekmambetov - "For Misha's Gang", Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles.
World Premiere
Alberto Ginastera - Concerto for strings, Op. 33
Direct Internet broadcast at https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/videos/music
March 3, Chestertown, MD, Washington College March 3, Chestertown, MD, Washington College
Eskender Bekmambetov - a la pointe
Eskender Bekmambetov - "For Misha's Gang", Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles.
Tchaikovsky - String quartet No. 2 (in version for string orchestra)
March 5, Dayton, OH, Vanguard Concerts March 5, Dayton, OH, Vanguard Concerts
Eskender Bekmambetov - a la pointe
Eskender Bekmambetov - "For Misha's Gang", Suite for small, medium, large and extra large fiddles.
Tchaikovsky - String quartet No. 2 (in version for string orchestra)
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2015:
October 6, Fairfield, IA, Fairfield Arts and Convention Center October 6, Tuesday, Fairfield, IA @ 7:30
Kalinnikov – Serenade
Wolf – Italian Serenade
R. Strauss -- Serenade
Wiren – Serenade
Dvorak – Serenade
October 8, Ames, IA, Iowa State University (joint concert with the University chorus) October 8, Thursday, Ames, IA @ 7:30
Schubert – Quartettsatz in c minor
Schubert – Mass in G
With ACA and DMCS choirs
Mozart – Vesperae Solennes de Confessore, K. 339
With The Iowa State Singers and soloists.
This work is conducted by Jim Rodde
Beethoven – String Quartet in c-minor, Op. 18, No. 4 (in orchestral version)
Schoenberg – "Verklaerte Nacht", Op. 4
October 10, Charleston, WV, Charleston Chamber Music Society October 10, Saturday, Charleston, WV @ 7:00
Kalinnikov – Serenade
Wolf – Italian Serenade
R. Strauss – Serenade
Wiren – Serenade
Dvorak – Serenade
October 11, Gambier, OH, Kenyon College October 11, Sunday, Gambier, OH @ 7:00
Mozart – Adagio
Beethoven – String Quartet in c minor, Op. 18 No. 4 (in orchestral version)
Schnittke – Suite in Ancient Style (arr. by M. Rachlevsky)
Schnauber – Night of the Transfigured Dead
Piazzolla – Oblivion, Four for Tango, Melody in A, Libertango
October 12, Campbersville, KY, Central Kentucky Arts Series October 12, Monday, Campbellsville, KY @ 7:30
Elgar – Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra
Shostakovitch – Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a
Dvorak – Serenade
Piazzolla – Oblivion, Four for Tango, Melody in A, Libertango
October 13, Springfield, OH, Wittenberg University (joint concert with the University chorus) October 13, Tuesday, Springfield, OH @ 7:30
Beethoven - String Quartet in c minor, Op. 18 No. 4 (in orchestral version)
Schubert - Mass in G, No. 2 with the University of Wittenberg Choir (Erik Zinter, director)
Schubert - Quartettsatz in c minor (in orchestral version)
Schoenberg - Verklaerte Nacht (Transfigured Night), Op. 4
October 14, Allendale, MI, Grand Valley State University October 14, Wednesday, Allendale, MI @ 12:00
Elgar - Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra, Op. 20
Shostakovitch - Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a
Bach's Contrapunctus No.1 from The Art of the Fugue
October 15, Quincy, IL, Quincy Civic Music Association October 15, Thursday, Quincy, IL @ 7:30
Mozart – Adagio
Beethoven – String Quartet in c minor, Op. 18 No. 4 (in orchestral version)
Schnittke – Suite in Ancient Style (arr. by M. Rachlevsky)
Schnauber – Night of the Transfigured Dead
Piazzolla – Oblivion, Four for Tango, Melody in A, Libertango
October 16, Pittsburg, KS, Pittsburg State University October 16, Friday, Pittsburg, KS @ 7:30
Rossini - Sonata for strings
Prokofiev - Visions Fugitives, Op. 22
Dvorak - Serenade
October 17, Wichita, KS, Wichita State University October 17, Saturday, Wichita, KS @ 7:30
Elgar - Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra, Op. 20
Shostakovitch - Chamber Symphony, Op. 110a
Bach's Contrapunctus No.1 from The Art of the Fugue
Dvorak - Serenade
October 18, West Plains, MO, Missouri State University October 18, Sunday, West Plains, MO @ 2:00
Three quartets in orchestral versions:
Beethoven - Opus 18, No. 4 in c minor
Beethoven - Opus 95, in f minor
Beethoven - Opus 131, in c sharp minor

 

 

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