Yesterday Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra opened its great European tour with the concert in Zaragoza

9 march 2016, 05:14
On 29th of February Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra opened its great European tour with the concert in Zaragoza. The tour is dedicated to collective’s 60th anniversary. Performance on the stage of Konzerthaus concert hall in Vienna will become tour’s culmination. At the end of the tour the first in the orchestra’s history performance will be held in the Concert Hall of Mariinsky Theatre.

On February 29th Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra performed on the stage of Auditorio de Zaragoza. The collective performed Tchaikovsky’s Symphony № 4 and Concerto for Violin and Orchestra. As a soloist famous Russian violinist Alena Baeva performed, conductor was Thomas Sanderling, principal guest conductor of the collective. This concert became the first one in the European tour program of the collective.

The performance of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra in Zaragoza took place in the framework of the project «XXII season of Spring concerts in the Auditorio de Zaragoza», which opened on 13th of February. It also includes the performance of Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra conducted by Daniel Harding (soloist Maria João Pires). The grand cycle is completed in May with a concert of London Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, where Pinchas Zukerman will perform as soloist and conductor. This world-famous musician will perform on April 9th in Novosibirsk: together with Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra he will open Vadim Repin’s Trans-Siberian Art Festival.

More than 1,200 people attended concert of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra in Zaragoza, the reception was very warm, after the performance the audience demanded encore - and the orchestra performed "Gavotte" from Sergei Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony.

Next tour’s concert will be held today already: on 1st of March in Concert Hall Alicante Adda in Alicante Brahms’ Concerto for violin and orchestra and Shostakovich's Symphony №5 will sound, and on 2nd of March, Concert Hall Auditorio y Centro de Congresos Victor Villegas in Murcia will held the performance of Shostakovich’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra and Symphony №5. The soloist is Aliona Baeva, conductor is Thomas Sanderling. The Spanish part of the tour will end on 3rd of March in Madrid in Concert Hall of Auditorio Nacional de Música where Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra will perform with violinist Leticia Moreno, a student of Zakhar Bron. There are Tchaikovsky’s Concerto for Violin and Symphony № 4 in the program.

On the eve of its 60th anniversary Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra has a great tour through Europe. During almost two weeks from 29th of February to 11th of March the collective will perform 8 concerts: four in Spain, two in Germany and one in Austria, on the stage of concert hall Konzerthaus in Vienna. This is one of the most famous concert halls of classical music in the world, receiving world-class soloists and ensembles. During the European tour collective will be conducted by Thomas Sanderling, principal guest conductor of the Orchestra. On 11th of March, as the final chord of the tour, Orchestra, in the framework of Trans-Siberian Art Festival, will perform in the concert hall of Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, and will be conducted by Gintaras Rinkevicius, artistic director and chief conductor of the collective. Violinists Alena Baeva, Leticia Moreno, Mone Hattori and pianist Valentina Lisitsa will solo in concerts of this tour.

“Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra is a stronghold of musical concert culture not only of Novosibirsk, but also of whole Russia, - said General Director of Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Society Tatiana Lyudmilina. - The upcoming tour is extremely important for the development and positioning of the collective on the world music scene. This project is not easy for Philharmonic in economic terms - we invest our own financial resources, and all the organizational moments for such a large collective took much effort. But all the efforts are worth it. We are immensely pleased that this visit will take place on the eve of the official celebrations of the 60th anniversary of the collective".

"On this tour there are beautiful concert halls in Madrid, Zaragoza, Düsseldorf, but the most important to be considered is Konzerthaus Wien in Vienna, - says Thomas Sanderling, Principal Guest Conductor of Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra. – It isn’t necessary to explain what Vienna for the history of music is. The upcoming tour is a very responsible one. Orchestra understands and enjoys this possibility and focuses on the implementation of the tasks ahead. "

On 4th of March the German part of the tour will start. Together with Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra pianist Valentina Lisitsa will come to the stage of concert hall Eurogress in Aachen. The program includes Rachmaninoff’s Concerto for Piano and Orchestra № 2 and Tchaikovsky's Symphony № 6. Musicians are performing the same program on 5th of March in Concert Hall Tonhalle in Düsseldorf, and on 7th of March in Concert Hall of Konzerthaus Wien in Vienna.

Valentina Lisitsa is a virtuoso pianist with great repertoire – Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky, Liszt. The soloist gained great popularity thank to her channel on Youtube. Her total channel’s views exceed the number of 60 million, which is record for classic performer.

The tour will end on 11th of March in St. Petersburg, where collective will have their first ever performance in concert hall of Mariinsky Theatre. The concert will be held in the framework of Third Trans-Siberian Art Festival and will be dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the orchestra. Conductor is Gintaras Rinkevicius, soloist is Mone Hattori (violin). The young student of Zakhar Bron is familiar to Novosibirsk audience with her performance in Second Trans-Siberian Art Festival in April 2015. In the program there are Overture to the opera "Oberon" by Weber, Wieniawski’s Concerto for Violin and Orchestra № 1 and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony № 4.

In April Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra will once again become the basic collective of Vadim Repin’s Trans-Siberian Art Festival. The project will be held in Novosibirsk for the third time already and last from 9th to 24th of April.

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