Born in the aftermath of Moscow’s momentous events of August 1991, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has earned national and international recognition as one of Russia’s leading classical ensembles. Founded and led by Misha Rachlevsky, “the sound is rich, the playing impassioned, the unanimity impressive; … a formidable ensemble in more than one sense. … An expert body under the direction of a keen stylist” (Gramophone, England).
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin will perform in Three Stages on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m.
The program will include Serenade in E minor for String Orchestra, Op. 20 (Elgar), Chamber Symphony, Op. 110 bis (Shostakovich), Contrapunctus No. 1 from The Art of the Fugue (Bach) and Serenade for Strings, Op. 22 (Dvorak).
“Three Stages will celebrate the classical artistry of Russia this season, beginning with the renowned Chamber Orchestra Kremlin,” said Executive Director Dave Pier. “They are critically acclaimed and are celebrating their 20th season this year. I’m very pleased to have them in Three Stages, where they will be followed by Moscow Festival Ballet’s Swan Lake (Feb. 9 & 10) and Tschaikowski St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra (March 16).”
Since its formation in the late 1991 in Moscow, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has performed more than 1400 concerts — nearly 600 in Moscow, the rest on tours in 24 countries of Europe, North and South America and the Far East. The orchestra has recorded more than 30 CDs, receiving widespread international acclaim and awards such as the Diapason d’Or in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone and in the New York Times, Record of the Year in Hong Kong and others. Of about 900 compositions in the orchestra’s repertoire more than 20 were written especially for the orchestra by composers from Russia, Europe and the USA.
Born in Moscow, Music Director Misha Rachlevsky began his violin studies at the age of 5 and continued through the well-traveled path of the Russian school of string playing. After leaving the Soviet Union in 1973, he lived and worked in different countries on three continents, and in 1976 settled in the United States, becoming active in the field of chamber music.
Rachlevsky founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (NACO) in 1984, and led it to international prominence, completing nine European tours in four years. In 1989 Rachlevsky accepted an offer from the city of Granada, Spain — a two-year project under which NACO became the resident orchestra of Granada while, concurrently, Rachlevsky founded and led Granada’s own chamber orchestra. Under his leadership Chamber Orchestra Kremlin was created in 1991.
“This orchestra has time and again been critically acclaimed as one of the finest string ensembles in Russia today, which is to suggest that it is arguably one of the best in the world. Misha Rachlevsky has molded these young players into a sonorous whole, amazingly greater than the sum of its 17 parts” (Andresen Dagbladet).
Tickets to the Three Stages performance are $24 and $29, with premium tickets available for $39. Student tickets are available for $12. Tickets are available online at threestages.net or from Three Stages Ticket Office at (916) 608-6888 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and two hours before show time. Three Stages is located on the west side of Folsom Lake College campus in Folsom, facing East Bidwell Street. The concert is sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank.