Rush to the Hexagon for Russian music

Natalia Lomeiko will be performing a fiendishly difficult composition when she visits Reading next week Sasha Gusov and Jane Blundell

A luxurious programme of Russian music – featuring favourite works by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky – will be performed in Reading later this month.

The Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra will be returning to The Hexagon on Thursday, October 16, under its Principal Conductor, Valery Poliansky for an evening of fantastic music.

Coming with them, specifically to play Tchaikovsky’s fiendishly difficult Violin Concerto, is Russian violinist, Natalia Lomeiko.

Having won numerous prizes including Menuhin, Stradivari, Tchaikovsky and Premio Paganini International Violin Competitions, Natalia has established herself as a versatile performing artist.

Since her debut at the age of seven, she has performed as soloist with orchestras from across the world under numerous distinguished conductors.

The Russian State Philharmonic Orchestra, known in Russia as the State Symphony Capella of Russia was formed in 1957 within the All-Union Broadcasting system; directed in turn by S Samosud, Yu Aranovich, M. Shostakovich, then G Rozhdestvensky.

In 1992, when Valeri Polyansky took over as Principal Conductor, the orchestra’s repertoire was enriched with choral as well as symphonic works.

Typically, the orchestra and choir alternate their concert performances. The repertoire of the orchestra includes centuries of Russian and foreign music as well as contemporary works.

The orchestra of Valeri Polyansky is recognized as one of the finest Russian symphonic collectives, not just at home, but also abroad. Recently, the orchestra has toured the USA, Great Britain, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, and Croatia.

“While listening to the music conducted by Polyansky, unintentionally start thinking whether there is a limit to perfection” – wrote an art critic of The Star, when the orchestra was touring Britain.

“It’s not accidentally that the audience rapturously gives standing ovation to the guests from Russia”.

Reviews comment on the close creative unity and mutual understanding between the orchestra and conductor, who together realize most interesting and sophisticated artistic concepts. “The Symphonies of Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov performed by the orchestra became a model of the high interpretative tradition, kept as a sacred fire. Polyansky makes the Russian soul vibrate”. (“Corriere Della Sera”, Italy)

Tickets for this concert start at just £18. Concessions, U18s and Schools rate of £6 a ticket), Classical Membership Scheme & Groups rate, (only £12) are all available.

And if you’ve never been to a Classical Music Alive concert, you can book a £10 Test Drive ticket.

For more details or to book, contact the Box Office on 0118 960 6060 or log on to the Reading Arts website.