Monday, December 31, 2007

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin to perform

Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, under the baton of conductor Misha Rachlevsky, performs at the Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts (CCPA) on Friday, February 1, 8:00 PM.
One of Russia’s leading ensembles, the orchestra will perform Edward Elgar – Serenade in e minor, Op. 20; Dmitri Shostakovich – Symphony for Strings, Op. 118; and Johannes Brahms – Sextet No. 1 (orchestral version).
Tickets are now on sale at the CCPA Ticket Office, by calling (562) 467-8818, or at . Ticket prices range from $37-$20.
CHAMBER ORCHESTRA KREMLIN was founded in 1991 by MISHA RACHLEVSKY, who assembled some of the finest young musicians for an extensive recording project in Moscow. The ensemble’s initial recording, as well as its performances, earned rave reviews, and the orchestra became a full-time entity, now under the auspices of the Moscow City Government.
On February 13, 2006, Chamber Orchestra Kremlin celebrated its 1,001st concert at the Great Hall of the Moscow Conservatory. The 1,000 previous concerts included 400 performances in Russia, 300 performances in the United States and Canada (on as many as 20 tours), and the balance of performances in Europe, South America, and the Far East.
The orchestra has released 16 CDs on the Swiss label Claves, garnering numerous international reviews and awards, including the “Diapason d’Or” in France, “Record of the Year” in Hong Kong, and The New York Times “Critic’s Choice” Award. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has also self-produced numerous live performance CDs.
Last year marked the orchestra’s 12th season performing its popular annual Christmas at the Kremlin International Festival, presented in late December through early January in Moscow.
Rachlevsky’s lifetime affinity for chamber music and the chamber orchestra repertoire began in Moscow, where he studied violin. In the 1970s he left the Soviet Union and eventually settled in the United States, where he founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (NACO) in 1984. In the 1980s he was invited to create a chamber orchestra for the City of Granada, Spain – a multi-year project under which NACO became the resident orchestra of Granada while, concurrently, Rachlevsky established a chamber orchestra for the city.
In the early 1990s Rachlevsky returned to Moscow as a guest conductor. While there, representatives from Claves approached him about developing a recording project of Russian works. When it was agreed that the recording should feature Russian musicians, Rachlevsky held auditions for the group that was to become the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.
Tickets are now on sale for Chamber Orchestra Kremlin’s performance at the CCPA. For tickets call (562) 467-8818, or go to

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