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Moscow State Symphony Orchestra performs Nov. 6 at North Central

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307,

Sept. 9, 2010—The Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, one of the world’s foremost interpreters of classic Russian composers, will perform Nov. 6 at North Central College.

The performance will begin at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6, in North Central’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $75 and $70; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

The orchestra was founded in 1943 by Lev Steinberg and is acclaimed as one of the greatest orchestras from a cultural tradition rich with extraordinary symphonic ensembles. Since Pavel Kogan became music director and chief conductor in 1989, the orchestra has continually broadened its repertoire to include contemporary compositions from Russia and beyond. Kogan won first prize at the Sibelius Violin Competition at age 18, and his career as a violinist and a conductor has taken him to engagements on five continents.

American classical pianist Jeremy Denk joins the orchestra as soloist for Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor, Op. 16. “Denk’s unmannered, profound playing, enriched by multihued dynamics and vibrantly contrasting moods, earned him universal approval from the rapturous audience,” The New York Times raved after one performance.

The evening’s performance includes Tchaikovsky’s Capriccio Italien, Op. 45 and the Mussorgsky/Ravel arrangement of “Pictures at an Exhibition.”

Under Kogan’s direction, the orchestra has received rave reviews throughout the major musical centers of the world and engaged in extensive international touring, visiting more than 50 countries including the most prestigious concert halls of Germany, France, Austria, Italy, Czech Republic and the United States.

North Central College’s 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council and construction materials maker USG Corporation is an underwriting sponsor.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call 630-637-SHOW (7469).