Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra Arrives at Krannert Center

The Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra arrives at Krannert Center this week. On Saturday, February 25, they’ll perform a public concert as part of the Center’s Marquee Series. University of Illinois student tickets, as always, are just $10!

But there’s more! On Sunday, February 26, the orchestra will present a second, non-public concert just for students and it’s—wait for it—FREE! Krannert Center has been offering one classical concert free to all students each season for the last three years. It’s a great way of connecting with the world’s great musical ensembles and your own love of live performance. Though at the moment we’re all out of tickets, you can still sign up for the waiting list by calling 217/333-6280 and when we have any returned, we’ll contact you!

Here’s more about the ensemble:
On its first tour to the United States, this ensemble named for one of the most beloved composers of its country carries with it the unflinching resolve and valor of a people devastated by the brutal destruction of World War II. From the chaos and terror of the bloody Eastern Front blossomed an optimism for a cultural future steeped in the fiery innovation of Prokofiev, the eclecticism of Shostakovich, and the lyricism of Rachmaninoff. Formed during this era, the Tschaikowski St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra quickly evolved into an ensemble that charms young people through educational programs drawing on this heritage as well as a broad base of commissions from contemporary composers. It will be an evening of masterworks when Roman Leontiev—a guest conductor for the Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and Symphonica Toscanini at the request of Lorin Maazel—takes the podium in the Foellinger Great Hall. He will delve into the insatiable longing and ecstasy of Wagner’s Prelude and Love Death and will preside over Rimsky-Korsakov’s technicolor Scheherazade. Alexandre Pirojenko—a Young Concert Artists International Auditions winner and a “sensitive, brilliant, and original” musician—shares the stage to unleash the youthful energy of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major, Op. 19 (Washington Post).

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