Flawless execution, warmth and vitality impress audiences every time a bow hits string in the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin. This spring their rich sound will soar across the stage as part of Oklahoma City Community College’s (OCCC) Performing Arts Series. The college is honored to present the internationally-recognized chamber orchestra 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 26.
Founded in 1991 by music director Misha Rachlevsky, the mesmerizing Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has played 1,500 concerts and counting in Moscow and in 24 countries in Europe, North and South America and Asia. Comprising some of the finest young string players, this outstanding orchestra has time and again been critically acclaimed as one of the finest string ensembles in Russia.
Born in Moscow, Rachlevsky began studying violin at the age of five, continuing his repertoire at the College of the Moscow Conservatory and the Gnessin Academy of Music. After coming to the United States in 1976, he founded the New American Chamber Orchestra and led it to international acclaim. Rachlevsky then went on to direct the Granda (Spain) Chamber orchestra and most recently the Chamber Orchestra Kremlin.
Chamber Orchestra Kremlin has recorded over 15 professional CDs as well as CDs of live performances for radio broadcasts. These popular recordings include music by Tchaikovsky, Rossini, Miaskovsky, Shoenberg, Strauss, Webern, Shubert, Carl Reinecke, Rodion Shchedrin and much more. Chamber Orchestra Kremlin’s recordings have won many coveted awards, such as 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.
The performance will take place at the OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, 7777 S. May Avenue. Tickets are $15-$45 and can be purchased online at http://tickets.occc.edu, by calling (405) 682-7579 or in-person at OCCC Box Office.
The last performance in the Performing Arts Series will be the Pilobolus Dance Company at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 21. In addition, OCCC will present a special acoustic performance by Mary Chapin Carpenter with guest Aoife O’Donovan March 30.