Russian National Orchestra returns to Vail Valley’s Vilar
February 22, 2010
VAIL – Back for an encore performance in the Vail Valley, the 90-member Russian National Orchestra will fill the Vilar Performing Arts Center in Beaver Creek with a wall of sound Tuesday night as they take the stage along with guest piano soloist Yuja Wang.
The Russian National Orchestra has been in demand throughout the music world ever since its 1990 Moscow premiere.
The first Russian orchestra to perform at the Vatican and in Israel, the RNO maintains an active international tour schedule, appearing in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Popular with radio audiences worldwide, RNO concerts are regularly aired by National Public Radio in the United States and by the European Broadcasting Union.
SInce 1991 the orchestra has made more than 60 recordings for Deutsche Grammophon and PentaTone Classics, distinguishing the RNO as the only Russian ensemble with long-standing relationships with these prestigious labels, as well as additional discs with many other record companies.
The RNO’s recording of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf and Beintus’s Wolf Tracks, conducted by Kent Nagano and narrated by Sophia Loren, Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, received a 2004 Grammy Award, making the RNO the first Russian orchestra to win the recording industry’s highest honor.
For their encore engagement in Beaver Creek, the orchestra is joined by renowned piano soloist Yuja Wang. The 23 year old is widely recognized for playing that combines the spontaneity and fearless imagination of youth with the discipline and precision of a mature artist.
Regularly lauded for her controlled, prodigious technique, Wang’s command of the piano has been described as “astounding” and “superhuman,” and she has been praised for her authority over the most complex technical demands of the repertoire, the depth of her musical insight, as well as her fresh interpretations and graceful, charismatic stage presence.
The evening’s program includes Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 as well as Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, among other pieces.
Tickets for Russian National Orchestra are $75/90 based on seating and are available online at http://www.vilarpac.org or by calling 888-920-ARTS(2787) or in person at the box office in Beaver Creek.