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Russian State Symphony Orchestra Comes to Weis Center

Nov 06, 2014 11:31AM ● By Erica Shames

The 90-piece Russian State Symphony Orchestra (RSSO) with featured pianist Vladimir Feltsman will perform on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University - Lewisburg, PA.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by RiverWoods.

The evening's program includes Tchaikovsky's Slavonic March, Op. 3; Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18; and Prokofieff's Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major, Op. 100.

Founded in 1957, the Russian State Symphony Orchestra was directed by renowned conductors Samosud, Aranovich, Shostakovich and Rozhdestvensky until the early '90s when Maestro Valery Polyansky took over the position. Polyansky has successfully chosen the right repertoire for both the orchestra and the choir for several decades.

A music critic from The Star (Great Britain) wrote about RSSO, "While listening to the music conducted by Maestro Polyansky, one starts thinking whether there is a limit to perfection."

Ranked among the finest Russian symphony orchestras of the 21st century, the RSSO is a frequent visitor of numerous international festivals in European countries and the Far East. Their recent tours have taken place in Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Croatia, South Korea and Taiwan. The orchestra's upcoming season in 2014-15 will feature three major international tours to Great Britain, the United States, and Japan.

Feltsman, whose vast repertoire encompasses music from the Baroque to 21st-century composers, has appeared with all the major American orchestras and on the most prestigious musical stages and festivals worldwide.

A dedicated educator of young musicians, he holds the Distinguished Chair of Professor of Piano at the State University of New York, New Paltz, and is a member of the piano faculty at the Mannes College of Music in New York City. He is the founder and artistic director of the International Festival-Institute PianoSummer at New Paltz, a three-week-long, intensive training program for advanced piano students that attracts major young talents from all over the world.

Tickets are $30 for adults, $24 for seniors 62+, $20 for youth 18 and under, $20 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $20 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

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