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Russian String Orchestra to Perform on Oct. 17

October 05, 2016

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The Russian String Orchestra will present a lyceum at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, in the Carter Center for Worship and Music at Bridgewater College.

Founded in 1991 by music director Misha Rachlevsky as the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin, the Russian String Orchestra consists of some of Russia’s finest young string players. The group’s warmth and high energy create addictive performances that stay with listeners long after the last note has been played.

The Russian String Orchestra’s repertoire includes approximately 1,000 compositions with more than 20 being written especially for the orchestra by Russian composers.

In addition to performing in Moscow, the orchestra has performed in 24 countries in Europe, North and South America and the Far East.

The orchestra has a discography of more than 30 CDs that has received international acclaim, including the Diapason d’Or award in France, Critics Choice in London’s Gramophone, Critics Choice in The New York Times and Record of the Year award in Hong Kong.

Born in Moscow, Rachlevsky began studying the violin at the age of five. His lifetime affinity for chamber music repertoire began at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music.

In 1976, Rachlevsky moved to the United States and founded the New American Chamber Orchestra (NACO) in 1984. He led it to international prominence, completing nine European tours in four years.

The lyceum is free and open to the public.

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