Press Release for Westtown Performance

PVCO 2014 best photoFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / ARTS EDITORS AND MUSIC WRITERS September 5, 2014 PHILADELPHIA VIRTUOSI CHAMBER ORCHESTRA TO PREVIEW ITS UPCOMING TOUR TO RUSSIA For more information: Philavirtuosi@msn.com 866-403-6844 (Photos available) www.pvco.org Please consider presenting a lead story this week about this unique event! WHO: Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Spalding Music Director & Conductor presents “An American Experience” WHAT: FREE concert featuring pianist Gabriela Imreh “An American Experience” WHEN & WHERE: Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm, Westtown School, 975 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19382-5700 TICKETS: FREE and Open to the Public, tickets are not required PROGRAM: J.S. Bach/Stokowski: Air & Preludio for Solo Violin Vittorio Giannini: Concerto Grosso for Strings Bernstein/Spalding: West Side Story Suite Gershwin: Lullaby for Strings Dvorak: “American Quartet” (String Orchestra version) Copland: Hoe Down from “Rodeo” DETAILS: Known for their innovative programming and fiery performances, Music Director & Conductor Daniel Spalding and the 14 member Philadelphia Virtuosi are presenting to the public a preview of their program for their upcoming tour of Russia. The Philadelphia Virtuosi will be leaving for their Russian tour on November 1st, which will take them to seven major Russian cities including Samara, Saratov, Moscow (for a performance at the great Tchaikovsky Hall), St. Petersburg, and the Siberian cities of Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, and Kemerovo. “This upcoming tour has been a long time in the making and thanks to the support of the American Embassy in Moscow, it has become a reality. In these times of increased international tension we look forward to serving as ambassadors of peace and hope that music will again help to build bridges of friendship between our peoples. Classical music is something that is held in high regard in both our cultures so it seems that this is actually a good time to make such a tour.” The Philadelphia Virtuosi has developed a close relationship with Westtown School over the past 15 years and has given several concerts at Westtown in recent years. Joining the orchestra is Romanian born pianist Gabriela Imreh, who appears frequently with the Philadelphia Virtuosi on tour. She will be performing in “West Side Story Suite” for piano and strings, especially arranged for the group by Music Director Daniel Spalding. The Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra has a fast-growing international reputation for excellence and is known for its CD recordings on international labels such as New World Records, Arabesque, and Naxos. The orchestra’s electric performances are often described by the press with comments such as “captivating” (London Observer), “dazzling” (Palm Beach Daily News), and “exciting” (San Francisco Examiner).

The following is a letter of support from Mayor Michael A. Nutter: It is with great pride to learn that the Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra has been invited to tour Russia and to perform in the great Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow. For 22 years, the Philadelphia Virtuosi has been part of our area’s thriving cultural landscape, performing concerts in all areas of the city and bringing classical music to our neighborhoods. Since 1996, they have traveled extensively as one of Philadelphia’s cultural ambassadors that have included performances in dozens of cities across Pennsylvania, in 29 states across the nation, in Bermuda, Mexico, Serbia, Argentina, and Brazil. The City of Philadelphia is also proud of its rich cultural heritage and diverse population. The musicians in the Philadelphia Virtuosi are reflective of this diversity; current members include not just native born Americans but immigrants from Turkey, Albania, Kazakhstan, Korea, Russia, Serbia, and Spain. Some of these professional musicians came here to study at the great universities and conservatories located in this city. This is but one example as to how classical music brings together people from around the world. Historically, the Mid-Atlantic region was the first in the United States to develop strong ties with Russia. Today it continues to be the leading region for Russian-American business, technology, education and culture. Our great city is home to one of the largest populations of Russian-Americans in this region. Therefore, it is more than fitting that cultural exchange continues in a spirit of peace and friendship. Michael A. Nutter, Mayor

Here is the itinerary for the tour in Russia: Depart USA via JFK – November 1st Arrive Samara via Moscow November 2nd Rest & Rehearsals – November 3rd & 4th 1. Samara – November 4th 2. Saratov – November 5th 3. Мoscow – November 7th (Tchaikovsky Hall) 4. St. Petersburg – November 8th 5. Krasnoyarsk – November 10th 6. Novosibirsk – November 12h 7. Kemerovo – November 13th Depart for USA via Moscow – November 14th Arrive at JFK in USA – November 14th

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