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posted: 11/9/2012 1:07 PM

Northwest Fest Orchestra takes on major Russian works

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  • The Northwest Festival Orchestra in rehearsal.

      The Northwest Festival Orchestra in rehearsal.
    Photo by Konrad Kubit

  • Maestro Verne Schwager conducts the Northwest Festival Orchestra in rehearsal.

      Maestro Verne Schwager conducts the Northwest Festival Orchestra in rehearsal.
    Photo by Konrad Kubit

  • The Northwest Festival Orchestra holds a rehearsal.

      The Northwest Festival Orchestra holds a rehearsal.
    Photo by Konrad Kubit

 
Submitted by the Northwest Festival Orchestra

The Northwest Festival Orchestra will present an "All Russian Spectacular!" at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18, at Harper College in the J Building Theater.

Music Director Dr. Verne Schwager and the orchestra will perform Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition" and "Prelude to Khovanshchina," and Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 with guest soloist Alexander Zintchenko.

Zintchenko, born in Ukraine, won the national piano competition in Kiev at 17, and went on to solo with some of the most widely known orchestras of the former Soviet Union. Since 2007 Professor Zintchenko has been on the faculty at the De Paul University School of Music. He participated in Georgian and French music festivals at the DePaul University as a solo performer, and in a piano duo with famous pianist and University Professor Eteri Andjaparidze. In his recital this past April Zintchenko presented "Three Last Sonatas" by Beethoven.

An engaging communicator of exceptional warmth and energy, guest conductor Richard A. Haglund is the founder and music director of the Erato Chamber Orchestra in Chicago. He is often in demand as a guest conductor around the world and has recently led orchestras in Tuscany and Milan, and will lead the Omsk Philharmonic Orchestra in Russia and the National Symphony of Moldova before the year is out.

The Northwest Festival Orchestra is comprised of professional musicians who have a common affection for making and sharing music. The ensemble's programs are devoted to both classical and contemporary repertoire. The orchestra's style is characterized by a rich sound and virtuosic talent combined with an infectious enjoyment of the pleasure of making music.

For more information email festorch@aol.com

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