Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Makes First Appearance In Lakeland
LAKELAND (Jan. 17, 2012) – The rapturous sounds of the great composers will come to life in the hands of a stellar orchestra, which will give its first-ever performance in Central Florida at Florida Southern College on Jan. 26.
Direct from St. Petersburg, Russia, the Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra under music director and conductor Roman Leontiev will perform a full-length concert featuring works by Maurice Ravel, Sergei Prokofiev and Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov in Florida Southern’s Branscomb Auditorium. The renowned young pianist Alexandre Pirojenko will appear with the Orchestra.
The program will include Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 and Rimsky-Korsakov’s exotic symphonic suite, “Scheherazade.” Mr. Priojenko will be the soloist in a performance of Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 1.
The concert is part of the College’s annual Festival of Fine Arts, which brings local and international artists to the community.
The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra tours regularly in Europe and Asia and this year is making its inaugural cross-country tour of the United States. The Orchestra was organized in the years following World War II and has undergone changes since then, but it has maintained an emphasis on performance of classic works from the Baroque and Romantic eras, as well as works by 20th-century masters.
Mr. Leontiev was named music director of the Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra in 2002. He studied at the Glinka and St. Petersburg State conservatories of music where his mentors included conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky and I.A. Musin. He has been a guest conductor with many orchestras in Russia and Europe.
At just 32, Mr. Pirojenko has already compiled a lengthy record of honors and performances. A graduate of the St. Petersburg State Conservatory, he has won international piano competitions in Russia, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, and he has performed with many major orchestras in Russia, Europe and Latin America. He has also appeared on stage at major venues in the United States, including Lincoln Center in New York and the Kennedy Center in Washington.
The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 per person.