Tuesday, October 24, 2006

San Francisco Youth Orchestra Offers Semi-Professional, Budget-Priced Survey Of Classical Music From Mozart and Beethoven To Webern And Shostakovich

"The San Francisco Youth Orchestra is one of the finest ensembles of its kind, anywhere. For twenty-five years, the Youth Orchestra has delighted audiences at home and abroad, in such legendary venues as Vienna’s Musikverein, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, Paris's Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Leipzig's Gewandhaus, St. Petersburg's Mariinsky Theater, the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory, and of course, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

Celebrate the Youth Orchestra's 25th Anniversary Season — and experience the outstanding artistry of 100 of the San Francisco Bay Area's most talented young instrumentalists under the leadership of Youth Orchestra Music Director Benjamin Shwartz. You'll be amazed by the thrilling artistry of these gifted young musicians as they explore great music!

The Youth Orchestra's 25th Anniversary Season begins with a salute to the International Shostakovich Centennial Celebration and culminates in a special performance of Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 9. Don't miss this thrilling celebration of twenty-five years of music-making by the Bay Area's most talented young instrumentalists."

Note: These semi-professional concerts are recommended for ages 12 and older.


While at the Curtis Institute (Conservatory) of Music, San Francisco Youth Orchestra conductor Benjamin Shwartz worked with Philadelphia and Paris Orchestras conductor Christoph Eschenbach in the preparation of Webern’s Six Pieces for Orchestra, and also assisted the composer Ned Rorem in revising his opera, Miss Julie, which was recently revived at Philadelphia's Kimmel Center, a performance now available on Albany Records.


Sunday, Nov 19 2006 2 PM

Gugene Kang, cello

Wagner Overture to The Flying Dutchman
Lalo Cello Concerto
Liadov The Enchanted Lake
Shostakovich Symphony No. 1


Sunday, March 11, 2007 2 PM

Webern Passacaglia
Mozart Symphony No. 39
Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition


Sunday, May 20, 2007 2 PM

Colin McPhee Tabuh-Tabuhan
Beethoven Symphony No. 9

For further details.

Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory

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Let conservative elitists scoff at the musical talents -- and world travels -- of very young, semi-professional orchestral musicians throughout the world.


"The Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory is one of the most famous concert venues not only in Moscow and Russia but in the world – thanks to its wonderful decoration, comfortable location and – which is the most important for the musicians – perfect acoustics.

It was opened on 7 (20) April 1901.

The building was made under the project of architect V. Zagorsky. The Hall’s famous façade was a feature of the building previously staying here – a house of Russian princess Ekaterina Dashkova which was built on this place in the end of the 18th century.

A big part of the whole work – from the furniture and carpets to the organ of Paris «А. Cavaille-Coll» company (1899) presently staying in the Hall – was funded by Russian patrons of arts. The organ of the Hall was regarded as one of the best organ in the world during the Paris exhibition of 1900. Great Hall for Moscow is much bigger then a concert hall only. During the First World War (1915 – 1917) it was a hospital here, and in a period of 1924 – 1933 at daytime the Hall was used as a popular movie theatre.

Since 1940 the Conservatory was named after Russian composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky, and in 1954 the monument to him was opened in front of the Great Hall.

The best soloists, orchestras and ensembles of the world play there concerts here. A number of international festival and competitions take place at the Great Hall, and among them there is the most famous in the world Tchaikovsky Competition. And it is considered as the most favorite hall in Moscow."

Capacity: 1737 seats

Photo and text credit: © Moscow P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory, 1998-2006. All rights reserved. With thanks for use.


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