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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - The Pennsylvania-Russia Business Council is pleased to lend it's support to PENN Presents’ Classical Music Series presentation of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra (MCO) on Friday, January 26, 2001 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, at 8:00 p.m. This concert is sponsored in part by The Philadelphia Music Project, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts, administered by Settlement Music School.

One of the world’s great chamber orchestras, led by the highly esteemed, American–born Conductor and Music Director Constantine Orbelian, this ensemble is praised for its luminous sound, Russian verve and passion. "Electrifying performance given by Moscow Chamber Orchestra…you simply won’t find a chamber orchestra with a better sounding string section capable of more power, variance of color or sharper intonation." (Daily Gazette) The performance will feature selections from Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Gluck, and the MCO will be accompanied by legendary Polish contralto Ewa Podles.

Tickets are $29, $24 and $15.
Discounts of $5 are available to PRBC Members

For tickets call (215) 898-3900. They may also be ordered online through www.PENNPresents.org.

For PRBC Membership discounts please contact Val Kogan, PRBC President at phone: (215) 708-2628, (215) 963-7079, email: prbc@worldnet.att.net or visit the PRBC website at: www.fita.org/prbc.

As the MCO nears its forty-fifth anniversary, the ensemble continues to play to sold-out audiences worldwide. The New York Times exclaimed "What we heard was the peak of perfection…our expectations were so far exceeded that one was left open-mouthed in admiration." The Orchestra’s expertise and skill draws many of Russia’s most esteemed soloists – and their recordings regularly receive various prizes for their excellence. The MCO’s complete Mozart Symphonies have become collector’s items among fervent classical fans, and their "unrivaled" interpretations of the works of Vivaldi, Corelli, Albinoni and Bocchereini are legendary. The MCO’s esteem has been solidified over the years by the fact that the most important Russian composers began writing music specifically for them. For example, Dmitry Shostakovich entrusted the first performance of his 14th Symphony to the Orchestra, saying: "This must be the greatest chamber orchestra in the world."

Since 1991, the MCO has maintained a vigorous touring schedule with over 80 concerts a year throughout Europe, Asia, South America and Scandinavia. So well respected is the MCO that in 1995 they were Russia’s cultural ambassador at the 50th anniversary celebrations of the United Nations Organization in San Francisco. In 1995 they also became the first Russian orchestra to tour South Africa. In 1996, the Orchestra was invited to perform for heads of state at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Charity Concert in Switzerland. Highlights of the MCO’s nearly sold-out 1999-2000 U.S. tours included two concerts in Carnegie Hall as well as over other 30 appearances.

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