National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine comes to Beaver Creek, March 14
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What: National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine.
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14.
Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, 68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek.
Cost: Tickets start at $48 for adults, $10 for students.
More information: Tickets are available now at the Vilar Center box office, by calling 970-845-8497 or at http://www.vilarpac.org.
BEAVER CREEK — One of the world’s most acclaimed and celebrated orchestras, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, comes to the Vilar Performing Arts Center on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. The program will feature performances of Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 3, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Stravinsky’s Suite from the Ballet “The Firebird.”
Formed by the Council of Ministers of Ukraine in November 1918, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine is considered one of the finest symphony orchestras in Eastern Europe. Volodymyr Sirenko currently serves as artistic director and chief conductor and will be joined onstage by Theodore Kuchar as principal guest conductor. The orchestra’s first conductor was Oleksander Horilyj.
Soloists who have performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine include Artur Rubinstein, Yehudi Menuhin, Isaac Stern, David Oistrakh, Sviatoslav Richter, Mstislav Rostropovich, Emil Gilels, Leonid Kogan, Gidon Kremer, Oleh Krysa, Monserrat Caballe, Jose Carreras and Juan Diego Flores.
The National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine was entrusted with the premiere performances of works of such prolific composers as Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich, Aram Khatchaturian, Boris Lyatoshynsky, Valentyn Silvestrov, Myroslav Skoryk and Evgen Stankovych.
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The orchestra has gained international recognition during a remarkably short period of time. After an appearance in Moscow, Shostakovich commented, “This orchestra has as distinguished a group of performers as one would be likely to find anywhere. The ensemble of the orchestra is of the highest level. In addition, the various soloists and instrumental groups within the orchestra play exceptionally and complement each other beautifully — as would the greatest of the world’s symphony orchestras.”
Since 1993, the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine has released more than 100 sound recordings, which include both Ukrainian and international repertoires. Most of these recordings have received the highest international acclaim. In 1994, the Australian Broadcasting Co. rated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine’s recording of Lyatoshynsky’s Symphonies No. 2 and No. 3 as The Best Recording of the Year. The CD of Silvestrov’s “Requiem for Larissa” was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2005. The CD of Ernest Bloch and Benjamin Lees’ Violin Concertos was nominated for a Grammy Award four years later.