The first part of the program is agreed upon and announced in advance, like in any other concert. For the second part the audience votes for one of three-four compositions, for example:

TCHAIKOVSKY Serenade for Strings,Op. 48
DVORAK Serenade for Strings, Op. 22
SCHUBERT Death and the Maiden
BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F, op. 95 “Serioso”

Presenters can devise their own way of collecting the votes, or let Misha Rachlevsky conduct a survey of the audience at the beginning of the second half, with a member of the audience, called upon this duty, making the final determination.

At a concert at the George Mason University in Fairfax, VA, the presenter elected the Audience Votes! option.

In the audience at this concert there was Alexander Vershbow, former US Ambassador to Russia and since then a devoted fan of Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.




Conducting survey of the audience at the beginning of the second part of the concert, to determine the composition to be performed, Misha Rachlevsky invited Ambassador Vershbow to come on stage to supervise the process.

Here is how it went: